Saturday, December 22, 2012

Burda Style January 2013

All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Love this easy but pulled together look!
Shirt #123A
Skirt #124

 Classic fabrics like Stone Tropical Weight Wool
can make this office wear.
Jacket #121
Pencil Trousers #122A

Burda calls this sheath dress "eternal style"
Dress 102 A

Vintage Coat Pattern circa 1963
Coat #103

Plus Size
Relaxed, weekend attire
Tunic #133A

Thrown on and run errands!
Wrap Jacket #129
 Black T-Shirt Knit
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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Fabric in the Spotlight: 
Black Sequin Stretch Velvet

100% Polyester
Designer-Rebecca Minkoff
Tiny, 1/8" black sequins are in a scroll design on a 
black stretch velvet.  The sequin pattern in 54" wide with 
2-1/2" of plain black stretch velvet on one side and 3-1/2" 
on the opposite side.  The fabric has excellent crosswise
stretch and slight lengthwise stretch.  This is perfect for a
special after five event.  Make a T-shirt, skirt, shrug, sheath
dress or add just a touch of sparkle with a collar, sleeve or
only the front of a garment.  

Sewl Mate
Black Silk Jersey 
100% Silk

Construction in Progress

Sweet Inspiration

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5657, 5855, McCalls 6462, 6653, Simplicity 1943, 2283, Vogue 2237, 8796 

Sewing Tip: Set your sewing machine for a slight zig-zag stitch.  This will allow the seams to stretch with the fabric.    

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Burda Style December 2012

All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Love the waistline detail!
Dress #112

Evening Smoking Jacket
Jacket #116

The fitted peplum will tuck nicely inside skirts or pants.
Shirt #126
Black Silk Jersey

 Classic pieces that will mix and match in your wardrobe.
Top #118A  Black Sequin Stretch Velvet

Vintage circa 1960

Plus Size
Dress #144
Midnight Tropical Weight Wool

Weekend Glam
Waistcoat#149 Dark Grey/Metallic Pinstripe 
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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Pattern Review Burda 2/2009 #108B, 
Vogue 2893 and the Peplum Belt

Burda 02/2009

Black and White Stripe Knit

The skirt and peplum belt are a tropical weight wool now out of stock.
I have made this skirt before.  You can read the review here.
The peplum belt was in the previous post.

Notions for knit top: Gutermann thread

Alterations: None

Construction Details: I used Clover Fork Pins to hold the stripes in place while cutting out the pattern.
I learned this trick from Susan Khalje.  

The only other changes was to the neckline.  I didn't like the "turn down and stitch" 
instructions, so I used the neckband from Vogue 1141.

On to the next project........

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Peplum Belt

I love the peplum trend but I know that this trend too shall pass.  I saw the peplum belt 
featured in the 03/2012 Burda Style issue (page 35) and thought is was a perfect way to
enjoy the trend without being married to it.

This is not a pattern.  You have to use your geometry skills and draft your own.
I decided not to reinvent the wheel and used Vogue 8815.

I trimmed the 5/8" off of the upper edge.  
With the addition of the 5/8" seam allowance this brings it almost to my waistline.  

I added an 1-1/2" waistband.

The last thing I did different from the instructions was to line it.
I trimmed 1/8" from the hem of the lining so it wouldn't roll out.
The fabric is a mini houndstooth check wool from 6-7 years ago.
 I also made a pencil skirt out of the same fabric.  
This would make a great Christmas gift for the fashionista on your list.
Try denim with rows of topstitching.  Use a brocade and change your office sheath dress into a cocktail dress instantly.  Leather would also work for an edgy look.
This is a quick and easy accessory that adds a current trend to your wardrobe. 

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Burda Style 
November 2012

All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Great short jacket for days that are cool not cold.
This Grey Wool would look great in this jacket
Jacket #117

This is a pulled together look for the office.
Blouse #109 use this Pine Green Jacquard

Vintage pattern 1956.
Dress #138 Oatmeal Knit

For Tall Sizes
Waist Coat #111
Pants/Cumberbund #130 

Plus Size
I like the narrow waistband on this dress. 
Dress #146

Love this chic suit!
Jacket #144 Harvest Tweed
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