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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Burda Challenge: 08/2017 #107

Red is hard to photograph
The sun goes down at like noon
The trail wasn't actually the best place for photos because there was lots of glaring sun


I FINISHED IT!!!! I was tired of wrangling fabric and sweating over the ironing board...and then I got the one side completely done, did the belt, and this propelled me forward.

(excuse my messy room)

I was so fixated on the red version from the mag but in the end, the other version is my jam! 



My fabric is a deep red-orange color, not a true red. I love, love, love it! I picked up just over 3 yards of this wool fleece from SR Harris for $10/yard. It is VERY thick, warm, and snuggly...but a mess to cut and wrangle around on the machine.

I used my normal Burda sizing; a size 40 neckline/shoulder and the rest is a 42. I went with the shorter length. You may have noticed the the red version is knee-length on the model but the shorter version is knee length on me! There is a 4" difference between the two; the shorter one has a 37.5" back length and the longer is 41.5".

Often times I don't add hem allowance to Burda patterns. I added a 1 1/4" allowance here - I really like the finished length! I did not add hem allowance to the sleeve.

Sewing the inset corners was tough the first time and the second half was infinitely easier!

I posted the photo on the left on Facebook as I was so proud!

I ordered a spool of Gutermann Mara 100 from Wawak and it was the perfect color - just a bit darker than the fabric. 

I used a size 14 stretch needle  and wound 3 bobbins to prep. I did all of my topstitching with the thread doubled. I finished the topstitching on the sleeve, noticed my bobbin thread was out. There was a 2" piece of thread left! Whew!! 


I'd added a 5/8" allowance but ended up sewing the back with 3/8" so that when I topstitched, there wouldn't be much excess. I serged almost all of the edges prior to sewing because of the thickness of the fabric.


I got the second side ready to topstitch and kept turning and turning...I'd twisted the front pattern piece. I had to under the side seam and when I redid it with the side panel already in place, I couldn't finish it cleanly. Boooo.

As mentioned, I really prefer it without the belt...
Can you see my belt carriers on the side??


I also do not like the scarf I made WITH the coat:


I love the scarf and will wear it...but it feels too...rustic?? with the style of the coat. This Robert Kaufmann flannel is VERY nice though! 

I figure this way, I can choose to use the belt when I need to wear it closed.

(I promise the top is even!)

I think my fabric is just a bit bulky for the belt. I feel like I need to arrange it when I cinch it in so that it doesn't look messy.

Love the sleeve length!

It's so me. I'm excited to add this to my (expansive!) outerwear collection.




24 comments:

  1. I love the fact that you chose such a cheery bright color for your coat. It looks nice on you.

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  2. The coat is beautiful and will be so cheerful for those dreary winter days. Though unlike you I really like the scarf with the coat but you have to wear it! Another great make!

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  3. Beautiful coat! I remember when you bought that fabric!

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  4. Gorgeous! Love the color and the shape of the coat!

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  5. Oh my! What a beautiful coat, and you look lovely in it!

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  6. I love that color, it looks great on you! I, also, prefer it without the belt.

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  7. Love it! What a great colour as well!

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  8. I love it (i really want a red coat in my life!) Well done! X

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  9. love this coat on you! had my eye on that pattern since it was out, it's nice to see it made and it truly is fabulous

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  10. Love it! What a happy color...it looks terrific on you!

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  11. Awesome coat! The color will be so cheerful on cold dreary days.

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  12. What a BEAUTIFUL coat!!! FIESTA!!!

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  13. Fantastic job! Those inset corners look awesome! Thanks for sharing the thread type that you used. I will have to try that out. Really love this design on you!

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  14. I don't know why I feel like the style of this coat REALLY fits your bob lol You look really great! Stylish!

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  15. very cute, love the interesting seaming. great color for fall.

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  16. Gorgeous coat in a fabulous colour!

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  17. I love the way your coat turned out! The color is beautiful on you, and will brighten up any outfit! The seaming is also lovely!

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  18. That is really a gorgeous coat and you look great!

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  19. This is stunning! I love the colour, and the pattern is very elegant.

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  20. This coat is beautiful. I love the vibrant color. It looks great both ways: with the tie belt and without. Fabulous!

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  21. I love this and that colour looks amazing on you! The coat does have quite minimal modern lines so I get what you mean about the scarf for the coat styling here, although with jeans and boots maybe has quite a different look?

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  22. I love everything about this and especially the colour. I wonder if you used a dark brown or black or navy leather belt it might look neater round the middle. Super work, as ever.

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