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 
To purchase go to www.smfabric.com

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
To purchase, go to www.smfabric.com

Monday, November 05, 2012

Fabric in the Spotlight:
Bronze Tie Dye Knit
Sku #CE4190
94% Cotton 6% Elastine
T-shirt knits are great for warmer weather but they work equally as well in the cooler months for layering with sweaters.  The colors are white with a bronze tie dye print.  The medallions are in three sizes- 8-1/2",
6-1/2" and 4".  Make a cardi-wrap, cowl neck top or loungewear. 

Sewl Mate
Harvest Tweed
100% Wool

Construction in Progress
Gutermann Thread 020, 520, 523

 Sweet Inspiration

Fall/Winter Burda Style 2012 #427

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5645, 5749, McCalls 6559, 6612, Simplicity 1716, 1757, Vogue 8825, 8831

Sewing Tip: This fabric will shrink lengthwise.  You may want to consider buying an extra 1/4 yard.  This comes in 2 addtional colors- Maraschino Tie Dye and Red Plum Tie Dye.