Presenting Burda 08/07 #111, Size 38
(please excuse the wrinkles)
Fabric: Burgundy Melton wool and 100% cotton plaid lining from Wazoodle.
Pattern Alterations: I cut a size 38 for the cape and upper chest area but I made the bodice and the cape longer by 3" which required making the bottom circumference 8" larger to accommodate the hips. I really liked the original design but I've noticed that I really have to watch the length of my jackets. My hip to waist ratio makes the in between length, which is where this jacket originally fell, awkward and unflattering on me. I also added 2 more buttons because of the added length and I omitted the belt. I was going for more of a loose hang. Oh, ya and I omitted the epaulettes.
Techniques: This was my first time making single welt pockets, lining a jacket, heck this was my first time making a jacket. I really couldn't have done any of it without the tutorials that Tany posted in these entries. Please go there if you are looking to make this jacket. I also found these reviews over at Patternreview very helpful.
Now, I do have one doubt. Do the buttons work? I spent so long looking for buttons and at first I thought the black didn't work but then the more I look at it the more I feel they sort of do. What do you think? Suggestions?