Friday, 17 May 2013

A cosy jacket for my mum (Burdastyle 12/2012, #140)


My gorgeous Mum turned 70 last week! I know, neither of us can believe it. She certainly doesn't look her age.

Anyway, as usual I headed to the sewing machine to make the majority of her presents. This jacket, Burdastyle Magazine 12/2012, Jacket #140, was a request Mum made while she was flipping through my magazine. She wanted something warm that she could use as a jacket and a dressing gown when she was on holiday in cooler places than our hometown of Perth.

Burdastyle Transform Jacket
The pattern suggested 'fulled loden' fabric should be used for this jacket. I have been informed by a helpful reader that this is quite readily available in Germany, but is difficult to find here. It's also apparently a bit scratchy to wear. I wanted something cosy and soft, so I chose this grey polar fleece.


The majority of the vertical seams are sewn wrong sides together so the seam allowance is exposed on the outside as a feature. I carefully trimmed the seam allowances after stitching so they would be neat on the outside. The edges of the hood, hem, pockets and cuffs are left raw. I finished these with pale grey grosgrain ribbon, which was a nice detail.

I like the way the cuffs fold right back.


I made the jacket a size smaller than I would usually wear as my Mum is a little squirt. The jacket is quite snug on me, but fits her well.


The hood is very roomy and forms the collar when it's folded down.


This jacket is super warm. I nearly expired taking these photos!

As well as the jacket, I made this tea towel. It has hand prints of all the grandchildren, done in fabric paint. I used free motion sewing to write the names of the children and to applique '2013' on to the bottom corner. I made bias tape to bind the edges.

This basic idea for this came from 'Make it Perfect', but I changed it a bit.


There were a couple of other 'bought' presents. But I think mum appreciated these - and the hand made card and birthday cake :)

20 comments:

  1. Snap! My Mum turned 70 on the 7th May! I wasn't quite as industrious as you as I bought a present rather than made it! The tea towel is a fantastic idea although in my family it would need to be a bath towel with 10 grandchildren.

    The jacket turned out beautifully. I really like the seam and pocket detail.

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    1. Oh, how cool. My Mum's birthday is May 9th. Yes, I'm fortunate I only had to get 4 handprints - that was hard enough!

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  2. It's really hard to find clothes that are practical and warm, but aren't also really daggy or sloppy. This is a really nice jacket, and I hope your mum loves it!

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    1. I think you've hit the nail on the head. I'm happy to report that Mum has already worn this heaps :)

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  3. Excellent choice for your lucky Mum! Now about that cake . . .looks delish!

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  4. What a fabulous jacket! You look too cute in her jacket. I love the tea towel too. I'm impressed with your cursive sewing. I know mine would look like chicken scratch :)

    ~Claire

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    1. Thank you :) And as for the cursive sewing, I thought it would be hard too until I tried it. It's just like drawing with a pen - so easy and fun!

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  5. Your mom is very lucky... looks comfy and stylish!

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  6. What perfect presents!

    The jacket is great: I love the contrast binding on sleeves, etc. Nice to see proof that practical, everyday wear can also look interesting.

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    1. Absolutely! This was simple to make and is completely practical, but I think it has enough features so it still looks great.

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  7. Great jacket and happy birthday to your mom! ~Major Moma

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  8. She'll love that jacket. I love it too. You've made it so professionally too.

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    1. Thank you. I think I always try a bit harder when it's for someone else!

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  9. You've done an awesome job on that jacket. I had been wondering what Loden was, I've never seen it here/ My daughters both fancied this jacket in the magazine and I am now inspired to make it in Polar fleece with grosgrain trim - it looks terrific.
    what a good idea for a travelling dressing gown too.

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    1. Thank you! I'm thrilled I've inspired someone. I hope you do make this and I'd love to see the result :)

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  10. Boiled wool would work well too, but it's usually about $40/metre - Tessuti and Artextil (in Richmond, Melbourne) both carry it.

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