My latest sewing project is a jacket made with this wonderful sparkly tweed fabric from Emma One Sock. Unlike the gorgeous blue brocade fabric I was obsessed about, I actually managed to purchase this fabric before it sold out, so I'm ready to go. The photo doesn't do the fabric justice --- it is a black/white/gray tweed with silver flecks on the right side, and it has a nice drape to it.
Photo from www.emmaonesock.com.
The pattern I'll be using is from my August 2007 issue of Burda Magazine. It is a pretty straightforward, fitted style with a simple stand collar. Given the texture of the fabric, I think the simplicity of the lines will work well.
Image from www.burdafashion.com.
Tracing Out the Pattern
I love receiving my Burda issues every month, and I think it is so cool how there are over 50 or so patterns included in every issue. However, these patterns are all squeezed onto a couple of sheets, albeit very large sheets, that are stapled to the center of the magazine. It takes some practice, and a keen eye, to make sure the correct patterns are traced in the correct size (each pattern piece comes in multiple sizes). Here's an example:
For this jacket, I had to find Sheet G and identify the pattern pieces marked with the red lines and make sure to trace the correct size. Also, Burda accommodates international audiences, so any notes on the pattern pieces, such as "center front", are written in German, Russian and English. The pattern sheets really look like a mess, but once you get used to them, it isn't that difficult to trace.
I like to use medical paper (the paper at the doctor's office that crackles when you sit on it) for all of my pattern tracing, because it is substantial enough to withstand pattern alterations but translucent enough for tracing. I learned this from one of my pattern drafting classes, and love it. I actually trace all of my commercial tissue patterns onto medical paper as well, because I find it is easier to manipulate and this method preserves the original patterns.
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