My first coat – Burda 8292

Pattern Description:

 

burda 8292

Burda 8292

Burda 8292
Coat, close-fitting, with section seams.
Views ABC: with seam pockets,
Views DE: with patch pockets.
View B: coat with concealed buttons and upright collar, The other coats have turned-down collars.

I’ve made view A: knee length, with princess seams, in seam pockets and “regular” collar.

Pattern Sizing: 10-22 (36-48), I used size 16 Based on my bust measurements (~38″)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes ! (a happy and surprised yes)

Were the instructions easy to follow?


There are not newbie friendly at all ! But the coat itself isn’t really complicated to put together so in the end it worked out ok.
Except for the the collar part… I had a pretty hard time and for a good reason (other than the fact that I’m a beginner) : the instructions in French are wrong ! After 30 minutes of trying to figure out how to put their instructions in action, I read them in English and there it was : in French they use the term “under collar” instead of “upper collar” in some parts of the instructions !

Likes or dislikes about the pattern?


I like the simple lines and the classic-chic look.
On the practical side, I agree with a previous reviewer who said the pockets sit too low ! I also find them not quite deep enough, I like pockets with room !
The armholes are a little too deep and the sleeves too large for my liking but at least I can put a bulky pullover under this coat if I want/need to.


Fabric Used:


Coat : multicolor (black, pink, purple, white, brown…) wool tweed (well I think it’s tweed)
Love the fabric but hated how i couldn’t get anything to show on it while trying to trace the pattern ! As a result my cutting and my sewing where not as accurate as I had wished.
Lining : black acetate, I hate how slippery it was while pining/sewing but feels great when putting on the coat.

Tweed

Fabric used

Pattern alterations


-I trimmed down the shoulders by about 5/8″ (1,5 cm). I feel it’s still too large, but it looks ok.
-I wanted a more semi-fitted look so I took in a little at the side seams from the armhole to the hip bone.
-I did bound buttonholes (“boutonnières passepoilées”) as I find that I do a terrible job sewing buttonholes with my machine. Well that was my first time doing them, it was not a walk in the park but almost thanks to Sew4Fun instructions Here
Mine certainly don’t look perfect but it’s still way better than what I would have done with my sewing machine buttonholes. I used the lining fabric to make them.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would not, because one coat of this style is enough for me right now and there are tones of other coat patterns I want to try.

Conclusion


I’ve only been sewing for 4 months and didn’t even know how to sew a button to start with, so that project seemed way out of my league. But as a candid newbie I went ahead anyway!
My coat is far from perfect but I learned a lot while doing this project, Every single step there was something new to me. I had nobody around to guide me so I relied on online resources and tutorials when I was stuck with something. Thanks to everyone who shares knowledge here on pattern review and everywhere else on the web.
It took me around 20 hours to make this coat over a 3 weeks period. I went slowly but I managed to finish it and I’m quite happy about that !

 

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