Burda Crossover Blazer finished

A quick reminder of the platonic ideal – Burda Crossover Blazer 06/2012 #121

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Burda Crossover Blazer 06/2012 #121

And thar she blows – my version in two shades of linen. I cut a size 42. I added an inch to the arm length and cut the shoulders in a bit. Oh, and bound buttonholes? Pffffft.

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Blazer in red linen with dusty pink linen cuffs and collar.

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Back view.

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Close up of the lovely linen. I reinforced the pocked edges with little bursts of satin stitch.

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All buttoned up is a little severe but will be excellent for draft-stopping as the weather gets colder.

Things I like about it

  • I may have forgiven linen for its earlier transgressions. This red stuff is lovely. I like its flop and its crumple.
  • Always glad to use up some of my Buttonmania buttons. These are splendid.
  • The lining – polished cotton that once lined a bedspread – is so soft. Heavy but cosy.
  • Extra long arms are terrific!

Things I like a little less

  • I think a few design details lose the right proportion when graded up. Perhaps it would have been better with an extra button. And compare the angle on the lapel – did it stretch as I sewed?
  • I’d curve it in at the waist more next time.
  • It’s bloody tricky to find the spot for the button second from the top!
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Starting the Burda Crossover Blazer

Outer fabric all cut out. Look at this deeeelicious colour!

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The puny pockets need embiggenment. Here’s my redraft to blow out the pockets to a more useful size.

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I’m a little stumped on the lining, though. It will be visible on the collar and cuffs and I’m reluctant to use a patterned lining because it limits what I can wear it with. So – to the stash! Which would you use? Or should I keep stashfishing? L-R: shirting, linen, cotton, cotton, linen, linen, raw silk.


update: Here are more options. Yes, my stash is capacious. L-R: cotton print, quilting cotton, polished cotton, embossed silk, shirting stripe, rayon.

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