Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Spring Trend: Culottes

Audrey is wearing one of my favorite trends-culottes!  They are a great summer alternative for shorts.  She paired the grey culottes with a printed linen top.  Be sure to admire her print matching skills!  You can follow Audrey's sewing adventures at Sew Tawdry. Thanks Audrey!

My latest sewing projects are a pair of culottes and a jacket. I wore culottes many years ago and remember liking them a lot.  The patterns is from Burda 4 2015, pattern 113. 

The fabric is a tropical weight wool blend, 97% Wool 3% Lycra purchased from Roz at Sew Much Fabric . It is a lightweight fabric with some body, which was the Burda fabric recommendation. This pattern has deep pleats in the front and the longest darts I have ever seen in the back. They actually end below butt level. They look okay though.

The culottes are definitely comfortable to wear. For some reason the "legs" of my culottes look much wider than those in the magazine pictures. Ah well, perhaps because I am shorter and wider than most models. The waistband is about 2" high which is great if you want to wear cropped tops without flashing skin. I made a semi fitted, waist length jacket to wear with these culottes. The linen print fabric was also purchased from SMF. The colors, white, gray and a light chartreuse (greenish yellow) are so fresh and calming. I liked everything about this fabric. The pattern is one of many McCall's NY NY Collection patterns in my stash. They all have garments which were a little different from the popular styles back in the 1990's, when they were issued, so I think that saves them from reeking heavily of that era.

Cropped tops seem to be very popular now. For the last couple years, Burda magazines has had patterns for many of them,  but they are all too boxy for my narrow shoulders and the shapelessness overwhelms my top half. My "over 55 years old" interpretation of this trend is a semi fitted, cropped at the waist top, like this jacket.  The jacket is unlined. I serged all the edges of the garment pieces to prevent raveling. This jacket was a fast, fun sew.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Burda Style May 2015

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All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

What to wear to a summer wedding.
Dress #120-Satin Back Crepe Stretch-Magenta
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Vacation.....time to relax!
Maxi Dress #113-Watercolors
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Great cover-up for air conditioned buildings
Poncho #126B-Daisy Lace Knit-Navy
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Style Mix!
Jacket #122-Black Stretch Pique
Dress #103B-White/Red/Black Knit (Sold Out)

Plus Size
Perfect for a causal lunch with the girls.
Blouse #131A-Salt and Pepper
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A pulled together look for lounging at home.
Tunic #129B-Ladders
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Thursday, April 09, 2015

A Demure Coatdress

Cissie's coatdress will be perfect for many spring seasons to come. And yes, Cissie, I would definitely say demure!  Thanks, Cissie!

This linen was a dream to work with.  Of course, being linen, it will wrinkle, but not nearly as badly as some.  It is lined with Bemburg rayon and the collar is made from a scrap of birdseye pique in my stash (Sew Much Fabric now has this pique in stock). The pattern features bound buttonholes, darts in the bodice front and back, flaps, an a-line skirt and a detachable collar.  I love the lines of this coat dress and feel quite lady-like in this take on a 1967 Simplicity pattern!  Dare I say "demure"??