This is Burda 6901, " Peplum jackets gently envelope the hips and emphasize the waist". I loved the version made by Julie Starr. I made a muslin and only made minimal changes, reducing the shoulder and adding a sliver to the front side piece and about 1mm to the front edge, which I'm not sure was needed. The main difference I made was to redraft the neckline, because I didn't want a high neck, I just wanted a simple collarless version. This was partially successful, but there is a little gape on the left hand side, and I ended up with a bit of a point rather than a gentle curve. I'm about to make another version and this time I want a shawl collar, so I will be having a go at drafting that.
I cut a size 14, and I think the fit is pretty good and it can be worn with different shaped skirts, though I think a pencil skirt would probably be the best shape.
The sleeve is well drafted and despite the fabric being thick the insertion went well. I also liked that the sleeve is a two piece sleeve, where I think you get a better fit.
It looks OK unbuttoned. I definitely made life difficult by picking a fabric which is probably too thick and more suited to a coat. It is fabulous though; a camel wool coating with 5% cashmere from Croft Mill, not cheap at £26.75 a metre but the quality is gorgeous and 2 metres made a jacket with enough left for a skirt.
I love the lining, which is a gorgeous paisley also from Croft Mill and great value at £5 a metre (I bought 2 colours).
Adding 1 mm to the front edge ended up making a few problems as I didn't add any to the inner edge of the facing and so the lining was too stretched. I had to put in an extra piece which you can see below.
The photo below shows how crucial the pleat in a lining is as you can see how it has opened up for comfort.
To give a better shoulder shape, rather than using a shoulder pad I used a cigarette, with a softer fabric, this fills the shoulder but with a softer line. I used a piece of fabric 9" x 6", rolled them and stitched closed.
You then fit these to the shoulders, so they slightly hang over.
The jacket has 2 bound buttonholes (quite difficult because of the thickness).
I've had a bit of an obsession recently with top-stitching and thick fabric definitely needs it. I top-stitched all the seams except for the sleeves.
I almost love this jacket, but not quite! I do love the pattern, Burda patterns have such style. The instructions weren't too bad, though I still would recommend this for beginners. This is only the second of my SWAP makes, and it isn't looking likely that I will complete. I keep picking difficult makes and also getting distracted by other makes which don't fit! Never mind, it's more important I am enjoying myself. I have almost finished a dress in two days to wear with this.