Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Burdastyle Parka 01/2016 #124


As soon as I saw this coat in the January 2016 Burdastyle magazine, I knew I had to make it. I loved the casual, oversized style and all the detailing. I filed the idea away in my head for six months until winter in Perth, then dug out the magazine and got to work.

Burdastyle 01/2016#124
I love the khaki version in the magazine, but I made myself a khaki coat last year from a Patrones magazine pattern so another colour was required. I decided that this coat was going to be bright orange and utilitarian. My other coat was slim-fitting, so this one had to be roomy and perfect for layering over bulky jumpers. I didn't make the fur-lined vest part as it's just not cold enough here.


The fabric is ripstop cotton from Fashion Fabrics Club in the US. I bought it as part of my prize way back for the jeans contest on Pattern Review. I love this fabric.


I made the jacket exactly according to the pattern in my usual Burdastyle size 40. It has just the right amount of ease for the style. I followed the instructions as best I could, but there were large swathes of information missing on how to neatly finish the side zips, front hood etc. that I had to work out for myself as I went along. Much unpicking took place at all stages of construction!

Here are some of the details of the jacket.

Upper welt pocket and two lower welt pockets with flaps, drawstring waist, front zip and snaps, hood lined with khaki knit fabric (outer edges lined with main fabric):



Longer back section with drawstrings, lower side zips:


and elbow patches:


Despite the missing instructions, I was very impressed with this pattern. The attention to detail in the design is fantastic and the drafting was spot on. It has a very ready-to-wear feel. The fit is also really good on the jacket and the hood.


I struggled to find anyone who had made this pattern on the internet. There were a few examples on the Russian Burdastyle site (always my first port of call for finding real life examples of Burdastyle patterns), but they tended to be very padded, winter versions. While the pattern is challenging and not for the faint-hearted, I think it's fantastic and well worth the effort.


I couldn't be happier with this coat. It feels very comfortable and stylish to me and has the added bonus that my children will never lose me in a crowd. I can stride off towards a distant fabric sale and they'll spot me at 500 paces.


Win!

33 comments:

  1. I love that...striding towards a distant fabric sale! No boy is ever going to follow you there! Great jacket though and it goes without saying that I love the colour!

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    1. Hilarious Andrea! Thank you and here's to orange jackets!

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  2. I love everything about this jacket. You are so clever!

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  3. Fantastic jacket and super colour.

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  4. You've done a great job. Brilliant colour.

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  5. Wow! You've done a fantastic job including all the details needed to make this coat a total success. Excellent!

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  6. Very impressive! Love the color.

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  7. Your parka is awesome. I love all the zipper details, they must have been a lot of work!

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    1. Thank you, yes they were and the instructions failed me at that point!

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  8. Plenty of lovely details in there, like side zippers, back drawstring and pockets. And this sunny colour, wow. Love this piece!

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  9. Gorgeous colour. Looks like it was a lot of fun to sew. I hope you have as much fun wearing it!

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  10. Love every single image and your commentary is inspiring. The most stylish coat, for sureI I gotta say, knowing you were such good friends with your seam ripper gives me enough hope to add the pattern to my pinterest site.

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    1. Ha! Isn't every sewer good friends with their seam ripper?!

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  11. I love it. You have made a bright orange parka stylish!

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    1. Ha ha, yes. It could have gone wrong. Thank you!

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  12. Awesome jacket with so many great details. Love it!

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  13. your detailing is fantastic!

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  14. Wow! May I ask where you sourced all the cool "hardware"? It seems hard to find in Australia

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    1. Believe it or not, the zips were from Spotlight, even the 80cm one. The eyelets and snaps were from Homecraft Textiles in Perth and the toggles were saved from old bags!

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    2. Very thrifty - I obviously need to take another look at local shops :-)

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  15. I absolutely love this jacket. I might just file this info away for myself one day. I've never made anything with rip-stop fabric before, are there water proof rip-stop fabrics out there? I could do with a stylish rain coat.

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  16. Wow, beautiful jacket. You have mad sewing skills! You just gave me the push I needed to sew this pattern. Thank you.

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