The New Dover Jacket
The Dover Jacket just got an update! Yep, that's right, it's new and improved and ready to add to your wardrobe. Here are the new features:
-Extended sizing (sizes 4-18)
-Two piece easy to sew sleeves
-Longer 3/4 sleeve
-Two lengths including a car coat length
If you're an advanced beginner and you've never made a coat or jacket, this would be the perfect pattern for you. It's an easy and quick sew that's a quick wardrobe builder.
If you have already purchased the Dover Jacket and you'd like a copy of the updated version, please email me using the "Email Me" box and I will gladly send it to you.
Flower Power - McCall's 7254
McCall's 7254 has been in my stash for quite a while and for the life of me I can't figure out why I waited so long to make it. I purchased this super soft French terry from LA Finch fabrics with the idea that I would make a hoodie, but when it came it was a little too soft and lightweight to hold a zipper and this pattern came to mind. It took a few minutes but I dug around my pattern stash until I found it.
If you've never made a jacket before then this pattern is for you for a couple of reasons: it's designed for knits so setting in the sleeve is really easy, the collar and peplum are sewn in one circular seam (what could be easier?) and it's quick! It was start to finish sewing in about 2 hours! If you're new to knits, a ponte knit would be a great (nice and stable) and would be a great weight for the style.
Of course I picked a windy day to take these pics but what do you do? I did end up making a hoodie and I'll be blogging about that soon!
I read somewhere “When you find French terry, buy now, ask questions later.” So that’s what I did. This fabric from Fabricland in Orange County is gray on the sweatshirt side and black on the terry side. It’s soft, medium weight and to die for. I originally thought I would make a t-shirt/sweatshirt dress of some kind but after I saw Burda 7184 made up I knew it would be perfect.
Although this is a simple pattern and it went together in under 2 hours, Burda patterns are not for the beginner. I love many of the designs they offer but their instructions are difficult to understand and the pattern pieces don’t have very many pattern markings. If you want to make a Burda pattern, I suggest you pick something that you can put together without step by step directions.
All that said, this pattern was well drafted and the pieces flowed together easily. Part of the reason it was such a quick sew is I used my serger to finish all of the edges and hem. A major timesaver and great detail.
Even though I enjoyed making it, when I first put it on I didn’t like how it looked! What? It felt heavy and too long but after I put an entire outfit together and the weather turned cold, it turns out I love it. I’ve worn it at least ten times so I don’t know what I was thinking.
I still have some projects to share with you from my sewing during Christmas and on my cutting table now are two “unselfishsewing” projects, believe it or not.
Happy sewing my friends. Diane
Hi! I'm Diane, a wife, mom, sewing teacher and pattern designer from sunny Southern California. I share my sewing adventures here on the Blue Dot Blog formerly Gatorbunnysews. For more info click here.