Burda 6985 Blazer/Jacket Muslin

Late last year I was thinking about my sewing goals for 2015 and decided that working on fit was the one thing I really needed to nail before anything else. Of course, then I discovered I was pregnant and suddenly that plan went out the window! There is a lot of unpredictability with a post-pregnancy body, you really have no idea what size or shape you’re going to come out in the end. (Hopefully it’s effortlessly slim with a few extra centimeters in height and a permanently increased cup size!).

Anyway I am really enjoying sewing at the moment and have a few unmade patterns that I want to try, so I thought I would make up some muslins now and hang onto them until later in the year when I am ready to make the fit adjustments. First up is this Burda pattern for a blazer/jacket and trousers. I made the blazer and luckily I can still try it on to show you my progress.

6985

Just warning you, I look a bit like a mad scientist in these photos!

Burda 6985 Front view

it’s not sitting quite like it should at the front due to my tummy.

side

Obviously I made the long version and gosh, isn’t it long? I haven’t turned up the hem but still, it reminds me of a lab coat. It looks really overwhelming on me and  makes my shoulders look huge! I’ll definitely be making the short version if I make a ‘real’ garment. The fabric really doesn’t help does it? I know it’s a muslin but I actually thought the stripes might work. I definitely believe that matching fabric to pattern is one of those skills you’re either born with or not (and I’m not!). Maybe a black or grey wool or just plain navy would look better? Stripes do help with ensuring everything is straight though so can be quite useful in muslins – although these stripes are different widths and I accidentally lined some of my pattern pieces up with the wrong stripe during cutting. Prints and patterns definitely require precision, don’t they!

side-front

Apart from the upper back, the fitting feels OK although I’m not sure if there’s a bit of excess fabric at the top of the front piece.

back

As per usual the upper back is too tight and my arms are restricted when I reach forward.

tight-sleeves

I am considering getting a few muslins together then seeing a sewing/pattern cutting teacher who specialises in fit so that I can work on the issues that reoccur for me. I find it impossible to know what to do to garments on my own body! Have any of you done any pattern making/alteration type courses or private lessons that have helped with your own fit problems? I don’t really want to make my own patterns as I like the variation in bought ones, but it seems that a lot sewers have a block that they use as a starting point or to compare against ready made patterns.

Anyway, that is Burda 6985. I haven’t been able to find any other version made up online and I always think it is interesting to see what it looks like on a real person. Kind of hideous really, but you can definitely blame my fabric choice for some of that! I’m not sure if I will get around to making a proper version or not, but I have also made a muslin of the trousers which I liked so I will at least use the pattern for a pair of those.

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4 thoughts on “Burda 6985 Blazer/Jacket Muslin

  1. Hahah i’m not sure I see the lab coat vibe but maybe a little beetlejuice tailcoat? I think it’d look lovely in a solid at a shorter length. I hope you give it a second chanc!

  2. I completely agree with Amy (beetlejuice tailcoat), :D…. I glad I’ve found someone who actually made this jacket…. I’m planning on making jacket (b) myself I have 5 yards of fabric to play with and thought this would be a great jacket to have and I mean have mastered to make and have different ones in my closet… you know fall, spring and winter.

    • Great, I will keep an eye out! I’m hoping to make it up properly in a few months but will probably have to do some fit adjustments so it’s a bit daunting. Good luck with yours 🙂

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