Long red fur vest

This red long fur vest was sewn from a free Burda pattern.

Ok, so the alibi was that the vest was suppose to be part of a costume : the Haradrim Witch  … But, once the vest finished, I decided that it wasn’t appropriate. Anyway, as I just wanted a red fur vest and was looking for a “cover up” reason, the fact that it didn’t suit the costume was no biggie.

Now that it’s finished, I’ll definitely wear it in my every day life. Probably with a dress and boots or a slim and boots.

Pattern

This is a free pattern from Burda.

Free burda pattern – Long vest

It’s downloadable HERE after registering for free. I tried to find it on the BurdaStyle web site, but it doesn’t appear to be offered there. So you’ll have to go through the EU website. Instructions are in French and German, with illustrations.

The pattern is available in French sizes 34 to 44. I sewed size 42 (chosen according to my bust measurement) … It was too large … See “Adjustments”.

The long vest closes with 3 Fur Hooks & Eyes. The short version (supplied in the same pattern) uses toggle closures.

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Fur Hooks & Eyes used for this vest

The pattern consists of a half back, a half front with collar attached and a piece of half collar.

To cut this pattern in fur (which is to say through a single layer) I advise you to print each piece twice :

Cut the front left and front right as a mirror image.

Assemble the two half backs and cut through the single layer of fur as one complete back piece.

Assemble the two half-collars and do the same as for the back.

For more details on how to sew fur, see this article: sewing fake fur.

 

Fabrics

Fur: it is the same fur used for Petite Chérie’s shepherd vest.

A faux fur with long hair is suggested by Burda to make this vest, but I fell for this shorter hair “rippled” red fur. It is 100% synthetic, super soft and was purchased from the l’Etoffe des héros.

 

Fausse-fourrure rouge à relief vaguelettes

Lining: It is an Indian printed cotton with a red and black paisley pattern, purchased in a “Nalli Silk Saree ” shop, in Delhi.

Adjustments

I shortened the bust, as in 90% of the time when I sew for myself. I had to shorten it by a good 4 cm (= 1.5 inches).

Of course, it shortened the total length of the vest by 4 cm. I decided not to add the 4 cm at the hem because I am really lazy the vest length was just fine that way.

– After sewing everything (only the hem remained to be done) it was clear that the vest was too big! So I took the side seams in, using 3 cm seam allowances instead of 1.5 cm … That way I removed 6 cm (over 2 inches) of ease. It is much better and I can still wear a sweater underneath.

Pictures

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Burda vest – front, closed

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Burda vest –  Front, open

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Burda vest – 3/4 open

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Burda vest – side, closed

 

My first coat – Burda 8292

Pattern Description:

 

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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 !