I’m not sure what to call this jacket – it has kimono sleeves and a cocoon bolero shape, and Burda calls it a cardigan, though it doesn’t fit my notion of a cardigan (which to me is more shaped, though that isn’t the definition).
Anyways, I wanted an easy project that would go together smoothly (it’s been a rough week!), so I just grabbed Burda pattern 8027:
I chose fleece for the weight, ease, and no fraying – and I realized that because of my former custom sewing business, I have tons of fleece – in patterns and designs I wouldn’t wear!! Anyone want to swap or buy a bunch of children’s fleeces in exchange for adult designs?!
ANYHOO… I barely had enough gray for the body, and some plaid for the border – which I cut on the bias. In some places, I was actually short a hair, but it worked out ok. The problem with fleece is that it stretches, so when I needed to ease the band around the jacket body in, it did fit nicely, but now it puckers very slightly in places. Not enough for a non-sewist to notice, but enough that I will probably go back and sew some kind of trim right over the line where the plaid band meets the gray body. I think it looks ok, it fits fine, and for once I don’t immediately hate it 😉 Oh, I may also put a single clasp on the front at the bust line. I skimped on fabric and made a size 18 with about 2 yards of fabric (1 of each), and made the whole thing – start to finish – in one evening. Because of the curving shape, I did not even try to get the plaid to come out perfectly at the center back, and I think it’s ok.
What do you think? Have you ever made this jacket?