This is the winter jacket I made for my dad this Christmas. I used the BurdaStyle’s “Amin” pattern. It’s a good beginner jacket, very simple.
The main problem with the pattern is that if you use it as is, it’s incredibly short. I added two inches to the torso, and an inch to the sleeve length, but it’s still a little bit on the short side. Another problem is the size of the pockets. They’re just way too small to be used for anything. Furthermore, the instructions are limited and the jacket isn’t meant to be lined. So lining it and inserting the zipper was a big of a mind boggler for me.
The biggest disappointment was my own fault though, I used a ponte knit for the sleeve cuffs, waistband, and collar. It’s ok for the sleeves and waist, but it just doesn’t have enough body to keep it’s shape at the collar – so the collar’s pretty floppy and amateur looking.
For the jacket shell I used a brown canvas, and for the lining I used a quilted double-sided broadcloth. It’s a little bit rough, but it’s super warm and doubles as an interlining. A work jacket, quick and dirty like.