burda 10/2017 #118B #106 - Autumn Leaves in Tokyo

My friend sent me two burda magazines from Poland the other day, and I made two garments from burda 10/2017.

The friend is a talented DIY blogger (http://www.friendsheep.com/), She knows I really love burda and gave them to me. burda 10/2017 has a lot of attractive patterns.

The jacket with the pleated collar and mini skirt caught my eye at first. The jacket made of flower pattern fabric appears on the front cover of the magazine. I've seen the skirt already on bruda online shop. I was really glad that the magazine has the skirt pattern😸 The instructions are written in Polish, but I could make these without reading them.

As a pattern review (You can download here: Retro Style Boxy Jacket 10/2017 #118B).
I was curious about the shape of the collar and wanted to try it immediately. This pattern is so lovely but was a little troublesome from the start. I cut a size 38 using a maple patterned-wool fabric. I used the fabric from a used- kimono (took apart and washed). I thought the shoulder of the pattern is too wide for me. I shortened these areas by 3/4 inches and also the sleeve length by two inches.


The most annoying part was making the pleated collar, although the welt pockets were annoying as well! I managed to make them well but I had to redo the pockets several timesThe pleats in the collar are lovely but very difficult to make. The collar didn't hold well like the jacket the model is wearing in the picture. It didn't keep the pleats naturally, so I folded and sewed the collar together to hold them. (Remember to mark pattern pieces well! Especially the pockets and collar)

Next review (You can download here: Mini Skirt 10/2017 #106 ).
The skirt has five pleated lines and sewn ruffles. I really really love the skirt, but the length of the skirt pattern was too short. I don't want to wear a mini-skirt in cold weather, and a raspberry pink plaid skirt is too childish for me. I added 3 1/4 inches to the skirt length and I had to lengthen the ruffle by 4 inches.


I was worried of using the thick wool fabric, but it was OK. It turned out to be a fantastic knee-length skirt. I usually steer clear of pencil skirts because it makes my bottom look bigger (I'm a pear shaped). However, the ruffle in this skirt draws people's attention, and looks thinner.

I probably will not make the jacket pattern again but I love it. I am wearing the jacket with the grey taffeta skirt (Butterick 5756) in these picture, but the jacket goes well with jeans too. I recommend the skirt pattern to everyone! It was easier than I expected. I absolutely make it again for warm season.
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Fabric: Jacket; wool (from Kimono),  Skirt; wool 60" 1 3/8yd.
Total Time Spent (not include cutting) : Jacket 18 hours, Skirt 7 hours

44 comments

  1. Love the jacket, and the fabric is beautiful. The skirt design is unusual and it fits you perfectly. Two fantastic addition to your beautiful wardrobe.

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment Mariela! I am pleased. I love the skirt and recommend its pattern to everyone:)

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  2. Both of these pieces are so pretty, and I love the details. Particularly the collar and welt pockets- you did an amazing job on them!

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    1. Thank you for reading Ann! I am glad you said that. Making the collar and pockets were very tough, but I am happy with the results.

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  3. Wow Eli ,these are both fantastic! We must have been thinking the same as we both made plaid garments this month😁

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    1. Thank you Sarah for your kind comment! I can't wait to see your garment. I always love your fabric choice😺💜

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  4. It's so lovely to see both of these Burda patterns made up and styled beautifully. I liked both of these when I got that issue of Burda Style and you've made a super job of them. The fabric for the jacket is lovely and I'm impressed by the neat pocket welts and collar. Lovely skirt too in that gorgeous plaid.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Diane! I am happy to hear from you. I don't know why these pleats of the collar on the magazine keep well...😓 However, I love the jacket and will wear it a lot.

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  6. You are so talented! I love both pieces! Beautiful work!

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    1. Thank you so much Vanessa! I am flattered😺

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  7. I love the jacket and that collar. I was wondering if the collar would keep the shape without some sewing. I think your stitching it together was the right idea. Your skirt looks great, love the ruffle!

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    1. Thank you Linda! You are so kind. I think this skirt pattern is great. I redod the collar many times but I couldn't keep it without stitching...why? I am glad that I managed to finish it.

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  8. Oh my goodness! I love both of these garments. Congratulations, Eli.

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    1. Thank you so much stacy! Very pleased:)

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  9. These garments are both so lovely - you really shine in them. I wonder why the collar was so difficult? But you solved the problem and the collar looks good. I like the button detail on the back of the jacket. The skirt is very pretty too - it sits nicely and the pleats are very soft and flattering.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Sarah! I am glad you said that! I love these buttons too- they really match the jacket. I will make this skirt pattern using summer wool.

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  10. Love, love the jacket! The skirt is great too. Both very unique and lovely pieces.

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    1. Thank you for praising me Vicki! I am glad that you like it:)

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  11. First off, your photos look amazing! It looks so beautiful there. I absolutely LOVE the fabric you used for the jacket. You make your clothing out of the most beautiful fabrics I've ever seen. I wish I could go fabric shopping with you! I really like the skirt and I think I may have to try it for myself. I definitely like the longer length than the short version in the magazine.

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comment Shirley! Your words are encouraging me. Yes, I really love fhe maple pattern fabric. I will make my bag with the leftover fabric. Now is the best season for seeing Autumn leaves. I enjoy taking pictures at this time of year😺

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  12. Wow skirt is beautiful and very nice fabric!

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    1. Thank you so much Dalwi! I love your new skirt😄

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  13. that jacket collar is so interesting, it looks really pretty. And makes me want to sew it -even though I have too many jackets. the skirt is great, love it.

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    1. Thanks lot Beth! I agree with you, the collar is very unique. I had fun (and tough) to meke it. I really love the skirt and will wear it a lot.

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  14. You always take amazing photos, Japan is so beautiful. The colours of the leaves are so gorgeous. Both the jacket and skirt turned out great and suit you so well. The jacket really looks difficult to make, but it's so worth it.

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment Olivia! I am glad you said that. There are many beautiful shrines, temples and castles in Japan. I recommend these places when you come to Japan.

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  15. I love both pieces! Your skirt looks better than in the magazine :)

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    1. Thank you so much Maria! I am happy to hear from you😄

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  16. All of your pieces are wonderful. I love the jacket with the grey skirt - very beautiful. And the red plaid skirt is so much fun!

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    1. Thank you Tomasa for your kind words! I had a lot of fun to make. Especially, the skirt pattern is interesting and great.

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  17. They are both so beautiful! Love them!

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    1. Thank you very much Georgia!

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  18. love love love that jacket fabric. Nice work on both and glad you were able to work thru the issues.

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    1. Thank you Josephine! I am glad you like it:) I am looking forward to seeing your new project.

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  19. Sewing Cappuccino12/05/2017

    I love that skirt! It suits you so well.

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comment Sewing Cappuccino!

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  20. I adore your version of the jacket! The fabris is beautiful, so perfect for the Autumn walks! *^V^* I know about the welf pockets, they can be difficult to make, but the final result is so worth the effort.
    I totally agree that the knee length skirt is better than mini. *^o^* I love your choice of fabric! Maybe I could incorporate this front ruffle into some dress? I have several skirts but I don't wear them very often. But a dress with such pleats and a ruffle might look interesting.
    I'm glad you liked the patterns in Burdas, I already collect new issues for you! ^^*~~

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    1. Thank you Joanna for your lovely comment and sending burda magazines. I am happy to hear from you. I love the skirt, and the ruffle is so lovely(’-’*)♪ I'm sure that you can use the ruffle into a dress too. You can make it! I've gotten Japanese sewing book for you. I hope you'll like it. Keep in touch(^^)v

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  22. Eli, these are lovely garments! I won't have patience for the jacket but the ruffled skirt is tempting!
    For the grey taffeta skirt, which view did you use? Any other pics of it? Best wishes, Julie

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    1. Thank you Julie for reading my blog:) The ruffled skirt was not difficult to sew and pretty. I reviewed the taffeta skirt a few years ago👉: https://catwardrobe.blogspot.jp/2016/01/butterick-5756-taffeta-puff-skirt.html
      I recommend the pattern too.

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  23. They are both so beautiful!...
    http://grsshoes.com/

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