November 26, 2012 by Janna Roznos
My latest jacket is completed and has passed the most important test: dog walking!
It is roomy, comfortable and perhaps most importantly, has big pockets for all that important dog walking paraphernalia.
It is pattern no. 129:
From Burda Style Magazine 9-2012:
Now I know what you may (or may not!) be thinking.
That isn’t a dog walking jacket; it is designed to wear while you are tooling around town on your scooter. It even says so in the Burda description.
It is simple: I’ve never been one to follow directions.
I made quite a few changes to this pattern:
I shorted the sleeves by two inches and split the sleeve pattern in half so I could place the sleeves on the bias. I then sewed the cuff on the straight of grain.
I shorted the jacket length by 6 inches and by doing so, I had to raise the pockets up and as such I wasn’t able to include the waistband ties. So the jacket is a little voluminous on me. I did test out all these changes on a muslin (which is SO time consuming – but worth it).
I did go head an added the elbow patches (as per the pattern) which are essential useless on a dog walking jacket and even riding a Vespa! But, I had some Ultra Suede which matched the buttons (which came from my stash) so I thought – Why not?!
I also added a stripe of the fuzzy selvedge in the seam of the hood just as extra decoration.
The pockets are great. They hold everything I need for a successful dog walk: poop bags, cell phone, poop bags, house keys, poop bags and a few dog treats. I also added a tab on the pockets with a Velcro closure so none of my important dog paraphernalia will fall out.
I did have problems getting the hood to match up with the collar, so I added a gusset in the back seam of the hood.
I’m not sure what I did wrong (trace the wrong size, perhaps?). Of course, if I read the instructions maybe I could have figured it out, but instead I just kludge it.
The fabric came from JoAnn’s. It is one of their suiting fabrics – which is perfect for a light weight jacket here in Southern California. I didn’t bother to line this jacket, because it is going to be washed and washed again.
Although I am pleased with my success with this garment, I don’t think I would make it up a second time. There are several other Burda jackets I would like to make especially making a jacket from a more weather friendly fabric – like a wind breaker type fabric.
And, ultimately, I should have a picture of me wearing the jacket walking my dog, but alas, it is not to be.
I do have more sewing projected queued up to share – so stay tuned.