MADE | BurdaStyle Parka 09/2012 #129

BurdaStyle Parka 09 2012 129 by Vivat VeritasMy new parka is ready for just in time for the coming cold! I’ve been wanting to make a parka since I realized I did not have a single item in Khaki color in my closet. I was deciding between this military jacket and BurdaStyle 09/2012 #129, but finally decided to go for the version with a hood.

Guess what, how much it cost to make this parka? 700 yen! That’s about 5 USD in today’s conversion. I bought 4 meters of khaki fabric, 2 meters of knit for lining, and 1 meter for sleeve lining all at Nippori Tomato. I had interface and buttons already. The material was cheap, but it took me about 10 hours to finish. BurdaStyle is notorious for confusing sewing instructions and this parka was no exception, unfortunately. Many of the instructions didn’t make sense. So, I had to use my gut instinct. I do not recommend this pattern for a sewing beginner. It has details like bellows pocket, fly front and button holes.
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Size: I cut the smallest size, size 36.
Modifications: I read on BurdaStyle member project that she slimmed the sleeves a bit so I did the same. I took in about 10cm all around arm. I am glad I did this since even after the modification, the parka has plenty of room for laying.
What I love: The pockets. They are great. They fit a wallet, water bottle, iPhone, snacks… so many things. If I don’t feel like carrying my purse, I can just go out with this Parka.
What I would change: I found the elbow patch kind of unnecessary. If I were to do it, I might do it in leather or some other fabric with different texture.

I also hated the back vent. It’s slightly curved and it looks weird. The back hem itself has a slanted design, which I am not a huge fan of. I would modify it to have the straight hem.

I have something to say about the hood too. It is way too big to be functional. It covers your entire face so you can’t see what’s in front of you! I would definitely make it smaller next time.
Some fun variation ideas: Add some fur around the edge of the hood for some winter proof variation? Or use some kind of fluffy fabric for lining (except for sleeves). It might also be nice to add some breast pockets for additional details. Finally, replace the buttons with zipper.

Next up… I’m making a blue lace dress to wear to my friend’s wedding!

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  1. Gorgeous! Love the pockets.

  2. Haha, I thought you were exaggerating about the hood but that’s GINORMOUS!! The rest of the coast is amazing though!

    • I know! The hood is way too big. Not sure why BurdaStyle made it that way.

      • I’m want to make a parka or rain coat for myself, I usually clip my hair up, and most hoods are too small, I don’t want to have to take my hair down to fit a hood 😉
        and I hate those snug hoods that fit so tight you can’t turn your head without feeling like you are being strangled… so.. I want a big hood
        I can’t find that pattern…

        you did a wonderful job on that! excellent!

        • Hi Cerise! Snug hoods are no good either, but this on is so big. I have to pin the edge of the hood to my hair so that I can see what’s ahead! I would suggest adjusting the hood pattern if you decide to make it.

  3. This looks so professional! I’m not surprised it took 10 hours, theres so much detail! The hood cracks me up but the good thing is that you don’t need to wear it so no-one will ever know. Big ups to you for tackling such an intricate pattern with Burdastyle instructions!!!

  4. Gorgeous jacket! You did an amazing job!

  5. I found you through Closet Case Files. Obviously, I’ve been missing a lot! This parka is Amazing.

  6. This is so hip! You look amazing! But the hood does make me laugh… oh Burda, why are you so crazy??


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