Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Pattern Review, Burda Style 1/2008 #109

Veronica is back and has done another great skirt pattern review.

The pattern for this skirt is from Burda World of Fashion 1/20008-109.  It is drastically modified due to an error on my part.  The skirt is without the waistband, which I mistakenly believed to be a facing. The pattern was altered based on a muslin to lengthen it the width of the waistband.  All of the seams were taken in at the waist to accommodate for the lack of a waist band.  It is lined with light grey Bemberg rayon.  I did not add the pockets and moved the invisible zipper to the side seam.

The fabric is a stretch wool from Sew Much Fabric (sold out) that was a dream to work with.  It is so soft and has a very nice hand.  It was perfect for this pattern.  The fabric and lining was washed in my front load washing machine on the hand wash cycle and then laid flat to dry.  After drying it was heavily steam pressed to effect any shrinking that might occur.

The waistband was faced with preshrunk and shaped 1-1/4 inch rayon grosgrain ribbon as described by Sandra Betzina in "Power Sewing Step by Step".  I really like how this technique turned out.

I believe that I will get lots of wear out of this lovely skirt, if only I had 20 year old legs again, not that I want to be 20 again!

Thanks,Veronica! You look wonderful!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

New Fabrics for January 2010

Sku# C2025
100% Cotton
Designer Maggy London

Floral prints are a sign that new spring fabrics have arrived.  Light weight and airy, the colorway for this cotton lawn is chocolate brown and ivory.  Perfect for skirts or blouses with soft gathers and pleats.

Sewl Mate

Sku# CE40618091
Eggshell White Double Knit
98% Cotton 2% Elastine

Construction in Progress

Button-Pique 5/8" $.50
Coats thread # 56B
Ykk invisible zipper #570

Sweet Inspiration

-Lucky Magazine


Burda Style 06/08 #107B

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5319, 5417, McCalls 5856, 5876, Simplicity 2444, 2594, Vogue 1086, 8229

Sewing Tip: French seams are a great seam finish for cotton lawn.

Sku# C2027
100% Cotton Lawn

Another great cotton lawn from Maggy London.  This time in a fun, mod graphic print.  The colors are raspberry, black and beige.  Make a full skirt worn with a black jacket or a tunic top worn with skinny black pants.

Sewl Mate

Black Cotton Pique
Sku# C2097
100% Cotton

Construction in Progress

Ykk invisible zipper #516
Button-Hot Lips  7/8" $.0
Gutermann thread #345

Sweet Inspirations

-Harper's Bazaar


Burda Style 09/09 #121A

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5350, 5417, McCalls 5873, 6024, Simplicity 2449, 2615, Vogue 1120, 1102

Sewing Tip: Use a Universal size 9 needle.

Sku# CS2026
97% Cotton 3% Spandex
Designer Maggy London

Black and white always a classic for spring.  This stretch cotton sateen has a black ground with large "paint brushed" flowers.  Make a beautiful trench coat for spring.

Sewl Mate

Black Stretch Sateen
97% Cotton 3% Spandex

Construction in Progress

Button-Moon Dance  9/16" $1.70
Gutermann thread #010
Ykk invisible zipper #580

Sweet Inspiration

-Harper's Bazaar


Burda Style# 03/09 #119

Pattern Suggestions:  Butterick 5331, 5351, McCalls 5971, 6039, New Look 6736, Simplicity 2558, Vogue 1099, 2902

Sewing Tip: This fabric has a nap, so place your pattern piece going in the same direction.

Sku# C2024
100% Cotton
Designer Maggy London

This is a gorgeous white on white stripe cotton seersucker. Small 3/8" leno weave squares are spaced 1" apart next to the stripes.  Slightly sheer, make a beautiful blouse for spring.

Sewl Mate

Anne Klein Denim
Sku# C21120083
100% Cotton

Construction in Progress

Gutermann thread #020
Ykk invisible zipper #501
Button-That 70's button  11/16" $2.50

Sweet Inspiration

-Harper's Bazaar

Burda Style 08/09 #132

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5177, 5284, McCalls 5664, 5884, Simplicity 2447, 3835, Vogue 8392,

Sewing Tip: Use silk organza for interfacing.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Pattern Review Vogue 2893, Skirt

Line Drawing

88% Cotton 12% Polyester
Designer-Dana Buchman

Prewash:  Dry Clean

Notions:  thread, 9" invisible zipper, Sheer Fusible Tricot interfacing, rayon lining, rayon hem tape, stay tape (for waist), size 12 universal needle

Alterations:  I took in the waist 1/2" on the back only by trimming 1/4" off the side seam.  I shortened the length at the hem by 1 inch.  I also tapered the hem an additional 1/4".


 Construction Details:  I traced a full skirt front, left back, right back, a full front yoke, a left back yoke and a right back yoke.  I used the copier for the yoke patterns.


Matching the print is much easier with all of the individual pattern pieces.




Conclusion:  I like skirts with yokes and the fabric was a dream to sew!  I'll wear this skirt with Simplicity 2560 reviewed here.


Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Burda Style January 2010

All Styles at a Glance

 Line Drawings

 Pleated Details

 Gorgeous quilted coat

Trend- Exposed zipper

 Neckline embellishment

 Getting down to business in blouses....


 ....and dresses

 Great weekend dress


Plus Sizes 
Tunic and pants


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