Don’t be Like me: Tips to Sew Burda Pattern 6661

Happy Friday loves! I always like to search to see if anyone else has made a pattern I’m attempting that way if I get stuck I can reach out and see what they are doing and I hope that others do the same with me. The sewing community is a really open and sharing group of ladies and gentleman. If you decide to join you will not regret it. Well, on my search I only found one other person who had made the jacket. It made me wonder was it the pattern number that kept people away? I get it if it is. I decided that I wouldn’t let a number cause me to fear pattern paper and gave this pattern a try.

To be frank, I saw that the pattern used sweatshirting material and I just so happened to have just enough to make view A. Child, let me tell you. This pattern gave me all kinds of trouble. The easiest part was stitching the sides, sleeves, and front on. The most difficult part was that it just didn’t lay right. The type of material that I used was a lightweight sweatshirting material, but the pattern doesn’t tell you the weight to use so I assumed it was ok. I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do and started to get discouraged. I turned to my IG friends and their suggestions helped build my confidence back up into what I had thought to do, but wasn’t sure of. Check out my review below:

Here’s my review of the pattern and what I used:

Pattern Description: Fitted Jacket

(Click here to find Burda Style 6661 )

Pattern Sizing: I cut out size 14

View: A

Fabric Choice: Sweatshirting Fabric. I don’t remember where I got it from. 

Other choices for fabric include fabrics with a stretch blend, gabardine, and wools

Color: Canary yellow

Sewing Tools Need That Aren’t Mentioned:

  • 1 spool of thread matching the fabric,
  • Needle for medium weight fabrics
  • Topstitch needle.
  • Buttonhole foot
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Thimble
  • 1 button (they don’t specify the size so you choose what works best)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing it? Yes… 

Are the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were easy to follow, but they seemed to leave out a lot of details that would make the jacket fit and lay better on the body. I don’t know if that was because it was a youth pattern or what. If you are new to sewing they do use a term that may throw you of, “neaten”. I saw it constantly in the through the instructions. It just means to straighten up the threads so that no strays are showing. 



What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I honestly am not a fan of the fabric choice. If I had to do it again, I would have chosen a heavier fabric or a sweatshirting fabric that had fleece on the inside so that it had a little more weight to it and wouldn’t shift around as much. Also, the bust was a little large for me even though I measured it and it matched the measurements for the pattern. I did some research and found out that the bust for Burda can run larger. Wish I had known that before. Oh well. 

Any pattern alterations or design changes you made: I understitched the neck facing, slip-stitched the shoulder seam allowance for the front facing where the shoulder meets the neckline. Topstitched the entire exterior seams and the sleeves.

Would you sew it again? Probably not. 

Thanks a wrap on this one. Until next time. 

Ashley E signature with xoxo at the end

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  • Emily

    THANK YOU for including that Amazon link!! This pattern was on the cover of the Winter 2022 issue of Threads magazine, for their article on sewing with velveteen, and I thought it would be perfect for a couple of looks I’m planning for a show – but haven’t found the pattern for sale anywhere else because it was released so long ago (relatively speaking, haha)!!
    Thanks also for your notes on the material & bust sizing – that’ll be really helpful 🙂

  • Millicent

    I understand your problems with the sweatshirt fabric, but man, that is a gorgeous color yellow!
    I, too, saw the pattern on the cover of threads and kinda wish you’d give it a go again. I could see you in a velveteen…

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