Monday, January 14, 2013

Butterick B5528 Jacket

What can I say?  I love this jacket.  I made view A (Butterick_5528)  out of knit fabric that I purchased from Hancock’s two years ago.  I think the fabric really makes the jacket.  It is semi-heavy which makes it hang/drape well on the body.  I didn’t get any action shots, but my dress form didn’t mind posing for me.
The second photo is closest to the true color.

I cut size medium and used ¼ seam allowance.  I have never understood using 5/8” seam allowances.

The front of the pattern envelope states “Fast & Easy”, and really it is; however, I added more finishing details than what is specified on the instructions (i.e., top stitching and finishing the seams via bias tape and/or black lace, and tacking down the facings in strategic spots)  These things added a bit more time to the garment, but it is worth it to make it look more professionally constructed.  I forgot to take pictures of the guts, and need to remember to start doing that.
Due to the heaviness of the fabric, I used a 5/8” top stitch w/ gray thread around the collar, sleeve cuffs, and facing edge.  ¼” top stitching would have looked strange – at least in my mind’s eye it did LOL
I didn’t make this w/o an issue though.  Since the fabric I chose was somewhat heavy, I should have used a lighter interfacing, especially on the sleeve cuffs.  They are a bit stiff.  In stating that though, the shawl collar lies very well w/ the heavy interfacing and makes the garment.  I love shawl collar garments.
I did eliminate the frog closure and just added a huge button I found in my button stash.  It looks really good on the jacket IMO. 
Would I make this again?
Yes, yes, yes!  I really love the style.  This jacket is “me”.  This jacket will be good to wear in the Spring, Fall, and Winter. 

As a side note, I have also made view D out of a very thin black knit.  I will take a picture of it and post about it at a later date.  I made it about a year ago, so it is not a new item.
Take care and God Bless!

2 comments:

  1. Great jacket and it's great to hear about a fast and easy pattern that is just that.

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  2. What a gorgeous jacket! The colour is lovely, and the 3/4 sleeve length is very chic.

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