Thursday, 23 October 2014

Finished Burda 8186.

So I completed the instructionless (or so it seemed) Burda waistcoat! a while ago admittedly but it proved rather hard to get photographic evidence!!


 I only had one major disaster and a couple of minor points which I hope to improve upon for the next time I try them but overall I think this turned out well. What do you think?


 The material and buttons were purchased entirely from  Mandors and the shell is a heavy weight cotton twill and the lining is err lining material? It's non staticy and in any case it is the most awesome red paisley pattern and I want to line everything with it!! I did manage to restrain myself though and only line the waistcoat...


The main stumbling point for this pattern was how to interpret this pattern piece?! I wasn't entirely sure what was going on with the cut lines at the bottom - so made that part up! - I mean I made an educated guess.....

I decided thatoneline was a 'fold to' line and that produced ok results



How cool are these buttons!! We decided that from the outside the waistcoat looked nothing special so to give it a unique feel we trawled the buttons in the store and found the most unusual ones that could hold together the front adn create a diversion from the attempt at welt pockets. I think they look quite 'Alice in wonderland' esque.


I was so pleased that I managed to line up the button holes so well - me and the automagical button hole function aren't really the best of friends!

One feature that I like (and which was horrifically explained) was the pleat in the back of the lining I thought it made an interesting design feature.


The only thing I would change the next time construction wise would be to make the waistcoat a little longer. The John isnt exactly a giant in stature (about 5' 10) and it does come a little short. Admittedly this wasn't the best shirt to wear and I think he should have tucked it in but when I was getting photos from an unwilling and hungry other half I wasn't going to moan too much.
The waistcoat is a little rumpled after months stored in the bottom of the wardrobe
In other news, its the Christmas Stitches fair at the Glasgow SECC this weekend. I have held off on buying fabric for my Dahlia pattern which I bought the other night so that I can hopefully snap up a bargain :-)

Has anyone else tried this pattern?

JCS xx


12 comments:

  1. My hubby comments that I rarely sew for him. A waistcoat has me intrigued! Maybe just maybe...

    I want the Dahlia but have had terrible fitting issues with Colette patterns. Please do share your Dahlia (maybe it will motivate me to give Colette another chance).
    --Annie

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    1. I've heard of a few people who've had fitting issues but I am yet to try any of the patterns so am still hoping that it comes together easily enough!! I really enjoyed sewing the waistcoat but I will definitely think again before trying another burda pattern!! :-)

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  2. Hi, I bought and printed the Dahlia today and the instructions for making it up in plaid - feeling equally excited and nervous! Good luck with yours - looking forward to pics.

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    1. Thanks - I'm thinking of going all out Karl Lagerfield for mine and making it up in tweed...eep!! :-)

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  3. Love it … I’m obsessed with vests right now I want one for myself . Can’t wait to see your tweed Dahlia … what … so curious!!!

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    1. Thanks :-) I do love a good waistcoat - however I'm so over burda's instructions :'( I did see a nice feminine version from simplicity though I cant remember the pattern number :-\

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  4. I think it looks great, I never make anything for other people and every time I see someone else has a feel a tad guilty. I know what you mean about burdas instructions, it's just not the same as when you buy a lovely new independent makers pattern with their detailed and easy to follow ones. Brilliant job though. Zoe

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    1. Thanks :-) I enjoy making things for other people because I reckon that they must think I'm cabable or they wouldn't ask - gives the ol' ego a bit of a boost!! I may go back to burda eventually however only if I feel they have something that an Indy or other mainstream companies don't have!!

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  5. Fabulous, I always salute those who make for family members are just really CBA! sorry. Totally agree everything should be lined with that red paisley.
    As for Burda instructions! really don't know why they bother, utterly cursory- at least give us the odd pic! :)

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    1. I thought I had replied to this... however what I thought i'd said was that the instructions in the magazine are worse! I picked up the vintage edition copy for the awesome Grace Kelly esque dresses and I kid you not - the first instruction was 'sew the darts' :-\

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  6. Looks great! I like the lining. I would like to trying making something for a gent, just don't really have anyone to see for. Oh that sounds so sad! Wasn't meant to ha. Looking forward to seeing your Dahlia. I'm holding back and seeing what people see them up in first.

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    1. Thanks. As yet I haven't used lining scraps however I've decided upon an awesome project! The dahlia however may take a while - my machine is off to be repaired :-(

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