Friday, June 29, 2012

Burda Style July 2012

All Styles at a Glance


Line Drawings


You will see more of this 20's silhouette in the fall.
Dress #109

Pretty and simple! 
This would look great made out of Computer Blues.
Blouse #114

Great use of scarfs!
Skirt #121

With this blouse, you can adjust the length of the sleeves with the drawstring.
This full blouse looks best with a narrow bottom.
Blouse #129
Pants #130

Burda Plus
Very interesting neckline detail.
Try this in a tropical weight wool like Caribbean Blue.

Love this maxi skirt and blouse!
Blouse #137
Skirt #138

This 1950 Vintage looks so current!
Dress #133

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Pattern Review: Burda Style 05/2012 #105

Pete and Repeat were in a boat...



Pete fell out and who was left? Repeat.

Burda Style Magazine 05/2012 #105 Tie Front Blouse...Worth repeating:





I love this top! I've had people stop me at the grocery to say how cute it is...and I especially love it made with this adorable marigold print fabric from Roz at Sew Much Fabric...




This is a simple top to make and so much fun to wear...try it!


My complete review can be seen here.

  I really love the way this turned out.  I bet this pattern would look great as a dress.  How about a 3-peat? :)  Thanks for the review!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Pattern Review 

Burda 09/2011 #128

One Pattern, Many Looks


Burda Style 09/2011  #128


I love this blouse! The pleats at the shoulder and semi-Mandarin collar add interesting detail. I do believe it was a good candidate for the One Pattern, Many Looks contest. I'm not sure which is my favorite, the cream eyelet or the the Asian evening rendition. The green is okay, too...I think I lost my love for it when I spent so much time trying to get the slippery fabric to behave. I made it to go with the M6567 mock-wrap ruffled skirt which I reviewed recently. Here is the blouse:



This cream eyelet I got from Roz at Sew Much Fabric, a fabulous online fabric store right here in my own backyard!  




I bought two other beautiful fabrics from her shop, as well, that will NOT stay in my stash long!

Roz was referred to me by Claire, from PR, whom I came to know better when I was a lucky winner of one of her seam allowance curve tools, an ingenious invention for tracing and adding seam allowances all in one step. Thanks, Claire! Two new and super cool sewing colleagues right here in the Lone Star State!

The cotton eyelet from Sew Much Fabric is SO sweet, I had never seen an eyelet design quite like this:




The Asian inspired fabric was very seductive, too!



A blend of polyester and nylon which was a new one for me. Frayed like all get-out so serging all edges was the first rattle out of the box. Since crossing one front across the other produced an angle, I pictured frog closures along there (the front is actually secured with snaps on the inside) and I think it made the top:



As is typical with Burda, the instructions for this blouse provide a few scratch-your-head moments. Check out my tips on PR if you plan to make this cute blouse. I am now on my merry way to something else now but happy to have these 3. And, this cute pattern will  definitely be a TNT summer blouse for moi!

Please let me know which one you like best!!

Love your blouses and thanks for the great review. Good Luck in the contest!

Friday, June 15, 2012

3rd Anniversary of the 
Sewing Fashionistas!


A good time was had by all Monday night at the 3rd Anniversary of our group,
the Sewing Fashionistas.  The group was an idea I had 3 years ago to bring together ladies who really enjoyed fashion and sewing.  A meeting to exchange ideas and get sewing advice. I shared this idea with my friend and client Eileen.  She was on board and very instrumental is helping me pull the group together.  Eileen facilitated our meetings for the first 2 years.  This year other members have shared their expertise and presented the programs.  For our 3rd anniversary, Rita our resident IB Art teacher, gave a basic lesson on color theory. We now have a better understanding of how to put colors together!  

I want to thank each and every member for the the great sewing lessons learned, for bringing others, the camaraderie and all your support.  I'm looking forward to all the great meetings in the future!


Everyone's favorite "Sew and Tell"
This is a chance for us to see what's hot off of our sewing machines!



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Monday, June 11, 2012

Pattern Review: Ottobre Women 2/2012 #15

Roberta Pants

Claire has written a great reveiw on her blog clairesews.blogspot.com and has allowed me to share it here.  She is the inventor of the seam allowance curve ruler.  
The white stretch linen featured is now sold out but is available in Natural and Raspberry.

Ottobre finally has an  elastic waist pant for wovens! I was so glad to see this pattern.  I was needing some quick to make pants that did not look like PJ's.  These are drafted for stretch wovens.  I have made them out of stretch denim, stretch linen/cotton (white) and stretch linen (khaki).  The only thing to do when tracing this pattern is to be sure to make the patterns taller at the waist in order to encase the elastic properly.  The directions say this, but who looks that closely on an elastic waist pant? I know you can not tell this from the photos, but these pants are very slimming (yay!!).  I bought this fabric from Sew Much Fabric out of Houston.  I bought the white and natural linen from her and they are wonderful!  Believe it or not, but I have been so comfortable in these linen pants even in 97 degree weather here in Dallas.  This fabric would make great summer jeans too!


Thanks Claire for a great review!