Sunday, September 30, 2012

Burda Style October 2012

All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Weekend Glam!
Make yours using Cream/Brown Faux Fur
Fur Shrug #133

The collar on this blouse is sewn into the shoulder 
 and armhole seam.  The skirt has interesting pockets.
Blouse #122
Skirt #121B

This dress would work well for the office.
Dress #118A

The tuck gives this white blouse a modern spin and looks
great paired with slim pants.
Blouse #117
Pants #116

1952 Vintage Swing Coat
Short Coat #134

Plus Size
This would look great made out of Midnight Snow.
Wear it as shown or tuck it inside a pencil skirt.
Tunic #138A

Great Neckline!
Dress #137

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fall Fashion Trends 2012

There is a seasonal shift in the air and our attention has turned to the
new, trending fashions.  Below are what I think are the "stand out" trends for Fall/Winter 2012 season.

Peplums, Refined and Lady-Like, Cocoon, The Midi Length

Brocades, FurLeather, Velvets, 

Color Story
Black and White, Metallic Gold, Oxblood Red, Teal, Royal,

Total Looks
Baroque, Winter Florals, Equestrian, Military

Cap-Toe Shoes, Kitten Heels, Trapeze Purse, Belts

Which trend will you wear?

Friday, September 07, 2012

Burda Style Sept 2012

All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Classic roll neck shirt and pencil skirt paired with 
an edgy vest-and the vest has shoulder pads!
The fabric for the skirt looks like Wintertime Herringbone .
Waistcoat #131
Roll neck shirt #104A
Skirt #128

Love the causal but polished look
Jumper #106A
Skirt #115

This is an easy coat to make-no collar or lapel.
Coat #119
Skirt #117

Vintage pattern from 1958
Jacket and skirt #133

Plus Size
Notice the touch of fur at the collar and cuffs.
Jacket #137
Pants #145

Great throw on and go jacket
Jacket #135

Cute winter coat for the kiddo
Coat #149

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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Pattern Review: Burda Style 5/2010 #109

White Stretch Linen (sold out)
Another review of this fabric is here.

  I made this dress for summer so I actually finished this about 1-1/2 months ago.
I didn't prewash the fabric because I will dry clean this.

Notions:  Gutermann thread, stretch needle, YKK invisible zipper, stay tape, rayon hem tape,  stretch cotton shirting for underlining, diamond white rayon lining

Alterations:  The neckline was too low so I raised it 1-5/8".  I used the SA Curve ruler to add the seam allowance.  I also shortened the back waist length 1/2".  This is not a normal alteration for me.  No FBA was needed.

Construction Details:  I opted to line the dress edge to edge instead of using the neckline/armhole facing.  I used stay tape to stabilize the shoulder seam.

This also has a waistline seam in the back only.   I think this gives a nice, smooth fit in the back.  Great for doing a sway back adjustment.  Otherwise, if you've sewn a sheath dress before you really don't need instructions.

I like how the U-shaped neckline is wide at the shoulder seam and  narrows towards the neckline.

Front View

Side View

Back View
(photo credits by CG)

This pattern is a great wardrobe basic.  By changing fabrics you can get different looks for different occasions.
For work try a tropical weight wool like Olive Martini .
For weekend Linen Grey Circles.
For evening Black Metallic Jacquard Brocade