Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Burda Style May 2012

All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Love this wave inset.  It comes as a dress.....
Dress 107C

......and as a tunic!
 Tunic 107A
Pants 108A

Easy summer sewing
Dress 101B

Great details on the top and shorts
Top 109
Shorts 121B

I like the clean lines of this jacket.
Jacket 127A

Vintage Pattern from 1961
Dress 133

Plus Size
This is such a bombshell shirtdress!
Dress 137

This jacket can be worn for work or to an after 5 event.
Jacket 138

Dress 156
Skirt 155
Shorts 154
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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Pattern Review Burda Style 9/2008 #124

Burda Style 9/2008 #124
You probably overlooked this pattern.  The skirt is barely visible in this photo.

The fabric is a stretch denim from Tibi now sold out!

Prewash: I washed this in cold water on the cotton cycle and also used the cotton cycle to dry.

Notions: Gutermann thread # 267 and #870 for topstitching, Stay Tape, 9" YKK invisible zipper #560 and Bosal Sheer Fusible Tricot Interfacing for the yoke

Alterations: The only alteration was to the back yoke.  I finally admit I have a slight sway back.  LOL!

Construction Details: This is a very quick and simple project.  
I've highlighted a just a few construction tips:
  • I used stay tape at the waistline and also where the yoke and skirt are joined. 

  •  Make sure to leave a little ease when attaching the belt loops to the yoke.

  • Finished belt loop

  • Topstitching on pleats

Side View

Back View

The knit top is from Ann Taylor Loft, belt is by Jessica Simpson and the shoes are from DSW.  I love cork heels.  Even as high heels the cork is still so comfortable.

If you have this issue of Burda Style give this skirt a try. It's a classic.  I'll make this skirt again in the natural linen for summer and the black menswear wool for fall.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Finger Painting
Pattern Review Burda Style 10/2009 #135B

When I saw this fabric I loved the colors.  The swirly floral design reminded me of finger painting. (fabric is sold out)

I bought it without a definite pattern in mind.   The first few patterns I chose didn't work out.
Finally I matched it to a pattern in October 2009 Burda.  (see pattern photo above)

I stabilized the neckline so and it does not drape as loose as pictured.  I adjusted the armhole and shoulder to get a tailored fit. 

I tapered in the sleeve so I can push them up and expect them to stay up. I enjoy wearing this shirt.  It has shimmer and shine without being too showy.

You did a great job Joanne!