Some time ago - maybe last year, maybe even before that, it's now lost in time - I made Burda top 2008-10-116. I used a very fine checked wool that I found at Fabric Fix in Manchester, New Hampshire (!), thanks to one of the dreariest August vacations in living memory - steady rain is not conducive to canoeing, swimming, hiking or biking, so I dragged the family around the state for a day of fabric shopping. Great fun was had by all! (heh, and I've a bridge to sell you, too).
The last little tweak I added to the top came after I test-wore it, and it consisted of hand-sewing two small vertical pleats into the back, just next to and inside the back belt loops. Why? because it controlled the blouson factor for a much nicer cinch. I'm short-waisted, with substantial differences between bust-waist-butt, so controlling the fabric around the waistline enhances it in a nicer way than just cinch-as-cinch-can.
The top is lined, btw (with beige bemberg), so that makes it a jacket, right?
Here comes the marriage bit.. Confetti, please:
Simplicity 3631 for a long time - SewStylish indeed! Jacket B, to be precise, with its six exposed pleats and wide bell sleeves. I really NEED this jacket NOW, I thought a couple of weeks ago. Then I thought (you know what's coming, don't you?) - why should I fight with a brand new pattern when all I really have to do is add the exposed pleats and bell sleeve to top 116 I have and love so much already?
No, the two patterns aren't identical, because the Burda top has a front plus side front (and ditto back and side back, all for better shaping), but the raglan sleeves, waist belt and neck yoke are dead ringers. So all I had to do was convert Burda's centre front pattern piece to one with three darts, and Burda's too-narrow sleeve to a gloriously, scrumptiously wide Simplicity bell sleeve.
So that's what I did.
Here is the Simplicity sleeve, its upper part re-cut to match the Burda jacket armscye. Notice how much lower is the Simplicity armscye!
The Simplicity jacket, if you notice from the envelope photo, has all-too-obvious shoulder pads - massive ones. RRrrrrridiculous!!! I omitted them.
My new Burplicity jacket is basic black - a nice wool crepe, Bemberg lining, just about all finished except for a good pressing, a tad of hand-finishing, and the buttons. Once all that's done, I'll show you both - soon.