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Summer jacket

Eveli_jakk-4Although I write this post in October, I completed this jacket already in June. Lazy blogger :)

The jacket was born out of necessity. Our summer here in Estonia is often called “bad skiing weather” meaning that when going out for a day you can almost never count on your short-sleeved top or dress. But I didn’t have a summer jacket and I am not always into cardigans. So I brought out a fabric thathad been waiting in my stash for years. I had some trouble finding the right silhouette and pattern for this jacket. I didn’t want itto be blazer kind of jacket. When I tried on my 10-year old daughters trench (out of frustration to cheer me up) I shouted “eureka!”. So here is how it looked (I will not try it on again though):

My daughters trench that inspired me.

My daughters trench that inspired me.

Burda Style 3/2015 #105 Asymmetrical Jacket

Burda Style 3/2015 #105 Asymmetrical Jacket



The pattern is from Burda Style 3/2015, but I changed it a bit. I added back yoke, back pleat, different pockets, epaulettes, half cuff straps, collar with stand (it probably has a different name, but I cannot remember at the moment). I also omitted the asymmetrical front.

I like the fabric and the colour, but I wish it had a bit stretch in it. The lining is rayon and striped.  All in all, I think this jacket has a bit of a Burberry vibe going on and I like it :) I also like how this colour suits with light blue and makes it pop. Light blue is sometimes hard to style as it has a tendency to make some colours look muddy in my opinion.

I have to say that I do not like the trousers I am wearing. They were ok when I left home, but after several hours of sitting in the car and in the cinema they stretched out and look like old lady pants. I have already donated them (I bought them second-hand as well).

But I have been loving my jacket – we had an extra cold summer this year, so I wore it a lot.





I usually like to wear jeans but for some reason I just love to sew dresses. Maybe because it is quite difficult to find a RTW dres that fits your top and bottom when you don’t have standard measurements.

My daughter is better at wearing dresses and she really needed one as she has grown and I haven’t made her a dress for a while now.

So I got my act togther and made two dresses :)

1. My dress.


Photo: Burda Style Magazine 12/2012

Photo: Burda Style Magazine 12/2012

I had my eye on the dress pattern in Burda Style magazine 12/2012 for long time. I thought that the combination of the gathered skirt part and tweed fabric was quite unusual and not the best idea, but I really liked it anyway :)

I didn’t want a fabric so bulcky, so I opted for lightweight wool blend that I found in fabric store in Tallinn.

I decided to make the dress button up and collared. As the button band goes only to waist, I added a zip to side seam and omitted the back zip. After first fitting I wasn’t too happy and I had to make a lot of changes – change the shoulder (as my shoulders are quite slanted), take in from the back, add an extra vertical darts. I also changed the skirt part (I did it 5 times in total!). I ended up cutting the skirt part as a rectangle because the original pattern gave me wings and it wasn’t a flattering shilouette.

I lined only the skirt part leaving the top unlined. I didn’t change the sleeve except omitting the zips. For the collar, I used a random pattern that I redrafted as I wanted to make a collar with rounded corners and a collar stand.

All in all I am pleased with the dress. It is comfortable, doesn’t wrinkle and is warm.




2. Dress for my daughter.


For my daughter’s dress I chose I plaid cotton from my stash. I used the pattern from Burda Style Magazine 6/2010. I had to alter it as it was only for size 128 cm. So I combined it with a dress pattern from Burda 2/2013.

Photo: Burda Style Magazine 6/2010

Photo: Burda Style Magazine 6/2010

I lined the body part so that the dress would be more comfortable to wear with tights.




Maibrit's dress

We made the ribbon-rhinestone embellishment together. We thought that the dress is missing something without it :)

And I haven’t got over the exposed zipper trend!


Maibrit's dress