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!

37 comments:

fabric epiphanies said...

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!

Anonymous said...

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

KathyS said...

Fantastic jacket and super colour.

Gail said...

You've done a great job. Brilliant colour.

Megan O said...

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

Megan O said...

Thank you Sue x

Megan O said...

So pleased you like it

Megan O said...

Thank you so much x

sewingkm said...

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

SewCraftyChemist said...

It's so cool!

Beverly said...

Very impressive! Love the color.

kbenco said...

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

Hélène said...

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

katherine h said...

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

chris51 said...

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.

mags said...

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

Sew, Jean Margaret said...

Awesome jacket with so many great details. Love it!

jannn said...

your detailing is fantastic!

Megan O said...

Thank you so much!

Megan O said...

Thank you!

Megan O said...

Thank you. Me too!

Megan O said...

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

Megan O said...

Thank you Helene!

Megan O said...

Thank you. I love wearing this!

Megan O said...

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

Megan O said...

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

Megan O said...

Thank you so much x

Megan O said...

Thank you!

kushami said...

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

Megan O said...

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!

kushami said...

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

Andrea F said...

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.

Unknown said...

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

Frau Fachfrau said...

Thank you for this review! I wasn´t sure which pattern to choose for my new unlined khaki parka and was torn between several Burda patterns and others (more expensives). Always SO good to see some live garments before cutting! Really good detail photos - your lower pockets worked out great! And I already feel uncertain about my colour choice... just boaring khaki??? ;-)
Best regards from Denmark!

Frau Fachfrau said...

PS: correct me, if I´m wrong, but the sleeves look like they´re sewn in back to front...?

Megan O said...

Oh my gosh I think you might be right - oops!!

Megan O said...

I always try to find pictures by people who've made something too. I'm so pleased you like it. It's a great pattern

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