When I ordered these wooden buttons, I didn't quite realize how gigantic they would be. However, I love their quirky giantness. It makes me think of something a woodland fairy would wear. The button maker also had similar smaller buttons which worked great for the sleeve tabs.
My photographer couldn't resist the tree.
Those who know me well know I'm terrible at following written instructions. I remember my third grade teacher making a note of that.....I wasn't reformed though, since my husband always mocks me when, in the middle of cooking supper, I realize that what I've been doing doesn't look much like what I was supposed to be doing. I guess I'll never learn my lesson, though, since nobody starves in our house, and sewing projects usually turn out all right.
I should add here that Burda's instructions are so incomprehensible for this jacket, I'm glad I didn't try harder to follow them.
I forgot to add the ease pleat and I bagged out the hem (I think the layers were supposed to be hemmed separately). I was surprised that the pattern didn't make the lining pieces (at the hem and sleeve length) shorter to pull the outer fabric in a little.
My favorite feature of this jacket is the interesting sleeve construction. It was not my favorite part to sew, since the corner was tricky to sew without puckering (the top of the two seam intersections in the photo). It's definitely best to start at the corner and sew out, then start again at the corner for the other side.
This cut-on/kimono-like sleeve is very comfortable to wear. Even though I have the world's squarest shoulders, this coat fits great without any alterations at all.
Sleeve tab with small wooden button.
I really like the shape of the collar, too.
One dislike: I would prefer the sleeves and the coat to be a little longer.
Verdict: I'll have a lot of fun wearing this coat. It's in my favorite color and it's super comfortable.
Lightweight wedgewood blue twill.
Jacket (Burda 8-2010-103).
Wooden buttons: Etsy shop Wooden Artist.