My February Minerva Craft Blogger Network post is live. I made the third and final garment of my husband’s hygge inspired capsule.
The weather hasn’t been too cooperative on a weekend so it’s an indoor photoshoot this time. Here is a sneak peek of the sweater.
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Peace and love,
The story with this top is that it started as a Pinterest pin on my Clothes I Think I Can Make board.
Sometime later, I randomly stumbled upon a McCall Pattern Company all brand sale wherein I made the acquaintance of Butterick B6097.
Butterick B6097 is described as a fitted shirt, has collar and peplum variations, princess seams, front button-down closure and button band. Technically speaking, this is a toile which turned out to be very wearable.
I used quilting cottons that I bought from Leeds Market. There was point in my early sewing life when I would buy 1m pieces of quilting cottons <why?> /sigh. Anyway, I had just enough to make this top in the short peplum style with box pleats. I can’t recall why I went for the peter pan collar but I think I wanted to practice finishing a peter pan collar with bias binding.
I cut a size 8 based on the finished bust measurement. I made no alterations at all. The fit is pretty spot on. It could do with a small swayback adjustment if I was being all perfectionist about it. But I’m not, so I won’t and that’s okay.
The style is ……..sassy. I feel quite sassy when I am wearing it. Now I just need to find some nice white cotton lawn fabric and finally realise the inspiration image.
Verdict – I will make again in solid neutral colour. Recommended with the caveat that I used finished garment measurement to select my size.
Thanks for stopping by. Until next time, Happy Sewing!!
Peace and love,
PS. I am nearly caught up blogging my 2017 items 🙂 That makes me happy.
This is another dress I made specially for a holiday to the seaside. Its from the May 2016 issue of BurdaStyle Magazine. The style is called a bat sleeve dress. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but I was intrigued by this pattern enough to make it.The pictures didn’t really do anything for me but it was the line drawing that grabbed me:
I have made it in ponte before here.The instructions were quite good – though this is very simply constructed dress made up of 2 pieces (front and back) and a neckband. You just have to finish the arm flaps before draping them over each other and securing with the neck-band.
I used a viscose jersey – very drapey and perfect for my purposes. I wanted something akin to a beach cover-up. Easy to to pop on and off. It did the job admirably! Here it is in action.
Last vacay day before we fly back tonight. Wearing my Burda 06/2016 capelet dress. Love this dress so much and it was perfect for the hot sunny days.🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞#memadeeveryday #burdastyle #burda #sewing #dressmaking #imakemyown #fashion #fashionblogger #style #sewcialist #sewcialists #sewingcommunity #burdasewing #blogcouture #instapic #instagood #photooftheday #beach #instastyle #handmade #handmadestyle #handmadewardrobe
I definitely see more capelet dresses in the future. Its so quick and fast to sew up too.
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Welcome to the first of many #burdachallenge2018 round up posts! Each month I will be posting a digest where hopefully you can get amazing sewing inspiration and ideas. Allons-y!
Chris reposted a very useful post about tracing BurdaStyle patterns here: #Burdachallenge 2018: Tracing patterns – a piece of cake!
It is quite interesting to see how she does it as it is different to how I trace. Given that she is a pro at using BurdaStyle I am going to be trying out her method and will let you know how I get on. How do you trace your BurdaStyle patterns? Let me know in the comments down below.
This is how I have been tracing in this video I made last year: Beginners Guide to Using BurdaStyle Patterns.
Diane (Dream.Cut.Sew) has made some beautiful garments – a skirt and a top: Modified Burda Style Cosy Winter Skirt
Eleanor (NelNanandNora.wordpress.com) sewed up a yoga top from the January 2018 issue here Sewing Hope: My Story
Sew Artisan made a stunning pussybow dress with tutorial post too!: Burda Style Pussybow Dress Project
Meg at BurdaStyle.com has made the leggings from the Jan 2018 issue: Meg’s Magazine Mash Up 01/2018: Part 3
Chris aka SaidDoneChris is an amazing Burda pro: Tops, tops and more tops! A mixed entry for #burdachallenge2018 & Burdastyle 1/2018 #116: Dramatic Sleeve Blouse
Ooboop has made a Red glitter dress with bell sleeves
@ingrid.artur shared how she uses Trello to organise her BurdaStyle sewing list. Great idea!
Meg wrote a Burda Challenge Feature: Melissa Fehr. A great read.
On IG I shared my collection of Burdas and invited others to post their collections too and it was amazing – here is a selection of some of them. The stories that the collectors shared were the best part. Reading about the connections people have with their magazines was awe inspiring. One collector has a collection from May 1968 inherited from her grandmother.
I decided to join the #burdachallenge2018 with sharing the heart of my #burdamagazine collection. All these are from the 1950's and early 1960's. The rest of my collection are various magazines from the 2000-2013 and full years from 2014-2017 as I got the subscription. So there are tons of potential patterns to be sewn up in this challenge. #Burda @burdastylegermany @burda_style @saturdaynightstitch #sewing #isew #isewmyownclothes #sewingaddict #sewcialists #sewinglove #handmadefashion #vintagesewing #ilovesewing #nähenstattkaufen #nähenverbindet #nähen #nähenmachtglücklich
Ok, bowing to @saturdaynightstitch need to see my @burdastylegermany magazines… 😉 The Burdas in the ikea boxes on my cutting table are "in use". One box has all 2017 in it, the others are a jumble of issues that I, or a daughter have identified as having something to make in. They're waiting for me to trace and make! Picture no 2 are the ikea boxes I keep the rest in, in year order, two years per box. So I can get my hands on any issue from now to January 2010 pretty easily. All other Burda magazines back to March 1994 are in clear plastic boxes in the loft. Not so easy to get to! #burdastyle #burdachallenge2018
My 4 @burdastyle collection, in French because sewing intructions in English are a killer for me. The rest is back home, in Martinique. Thank you @saturdaynightstitch for hosting #burdachallenge2018 This year I will sewing a lot of summer clothes for my regular visits to Vietnam and in there are plenty of fun playsuits, shorts and shirts. #sewingcommunity #sewongchallenhe #sewcialists #imakemyclothes #burdamagazine #sewcreative #geekevin
Do you want to see my collection 😶? It's hidden behind a curtain in what used to be my mom's room. They belonged to my grandma. The oldest one is from 1968 and there's a good pile of #80s crazyness as well but the drafting details are always awesome.The new ones, my addition to The Collection, are all over the place🐒. The chunk missing is on my bed. I like to "read them" before I go to sleep. Old or new, there are always at least 2-3 things I want to sew from each of them! I have started posting the contents in my Isntragram Stories. The old ones are too good to be enjoyed just by myself and I need to sell/donate/find a good home for the plus size magazines because sadly I don't have any plus size ladies to sew for anymore 🙁 . #patternaddict #patterncollection #Burdafangirl #Burdacollection #burdachallenge2018
#burdachallenge2018 isn’t just about the magazine patterns! @Olypateli reminds us that paper patterns count too 🙂 (I know I have loads of those too!)
Don’t just take my word for it, check out the #burdachallenge2018. Trust me, scrolling through the #burdachallenge2018 feed is the perfect cure to a dragging afternoon :-).
Looking forward Chris shared a BurdaStyle Feb 2018 preview post here: #burdachallenge2018: A quick review of Burdastyle 2/2018
And finally, I loved what Eleanor had to say about sewing with BurdaStyle
I’d love to hear from you too. If you have a post you’d like me to add in the next roundup please drop me an email through the Contact Me page.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Until next time, Happy Sewing!
Peace and love,
PS. Goes without saying that this is not a sponsored post. I just really love BurdaStyle patterns and the sewcial conviviality that comes with engaging in creative pursuits as a group.
Today I have something a little different to my usual style. In an effort to move out of my comfort zone, I decided to make this cocoon dress. The pattern came for free with Issue 8 of Sew Now magazine. Here is the pattern envelope with the line drawings.
The style is very simple. AT the time that it came on to my radar, I was preparing for a family holiday to USA where we going to be at the beach in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. I knew that it got very hot and humid, I wanted something that wouldn’t be too formfitting.
I sewed the first make with a linen chambray type fabric that I bought from Jacks Fabrics in Leeds Market. Sewing it up really is very easy. No zips. No buttonholes. I eliminated the center front seam but cutting the front piece on a fold (I can’t recall why I did this but it worked out).
I staystitched the neckline and used stay tape to keep it from gaping. If there ever was an hour project then this surely is. By the time I made my second one – it was less than one hour from cutting to snipping the final thread.
The sizing was accurate. My bust measurement is between their size 8 and 10. I opted to cut size 10 which was just right. The pockets are nice and deep.
I confess a part of me was worried that this might look like a sack of potatoes on me. By the time I tried it on for fitting I got a bit more excited. It is so comfortable and quite stylish. I made a video immediately after I had been wearing it for a day because the number of compliments on the dress I received that day was astounding.
My personal philosophy about making my clothes is that I make and wear what makes me happy. When I am putting together an outfit – my concern isn’t primarily on how I look to others who see me. It is on how I feel and whether I like it. Of course its lovely when I get compliments on my outfits. But, when I have left my comfort zone and I receive compliments – its an even nicer feeling. I digress….
And my YouTube review..
The second one was made using some fabric that I had been very precious about for a long time. The fabric was won in an Instagram competition wherein 2 meters of Nani Iro triple gauze fabric turned up on my doorstep – FREE!!!
I have oohed and aahed over this fabric for years. I thought it might work well with the Cocoon dress. Cutting was hard! There was plenty of wincing and bottom lip biting. But cut it, I did. It was a point of importance that I sewed it up straightaway in order to avoid buyers remorse so to speak.
A note on sewing with triple gauze…..triple gauze is made of 3 layers of gauze that are loosely woven together. Its about twice the thickness of double gauze. Being 100% cotton the fabric is breathable and incredibly soft. Sewing it however was not fun. The thickness created by the 4 layers of gauze added up. Though I have never quilted – I imagine that it was like sewing a quilt. After sewing one seam it was clear I had to use the walking foot which made things a bit easier.
In the end, I had a lovely deliciously comfortable dress, albeit that looks a bit like pyjamas. I love it. Its bright, lively and vibrant! It is the kind of dress that makes me feel obliged to project the energy it embodies.
Verdict: Highly recommended! Another thing I love about this dress is that I can go braless without any obvious issues. Win!
Thanks for stopping by! Until next time, Happy Sewing!
Peace and love,
At some time in December last year, I came across a French pattern company on Instagram, DP Studio Fashion. The company ethos is to keep abreast of the latest fashion news to find out about new shapes, volumes and shades. They sell a collection of ready-to-use patterns through their online boutique. I was quite taken by the designs which are so unique and fashion forward. There had so many patterns I wanted to buy, however, I limited myself to two. Here is the first one – a skirt:
Le 406 is an asymmetric skirt constructed in one piece and has no waistband. The pleats on the right side create volume that is then added to a frill sewn on the true bias creating a front ruffle of full volume and effect.
This is the picture that got me
The ordering process was very simple. The online website has pages for english and french language users. Postage was incredibly efficient with the patterns arriving within four days via courier. I was impressed.
I knew I wanted to make my Christmas outfit using this pattern. Looking through my stash I considered using a denim and very nearly cut it out in denim but at the last minute remembered some tartan fabric that I believed would be more festive.
A note on the pattern – it has one of the largest pattern pieces I have ever worked with! The main front piece has two pieces that have to be taped together. The 2 pieces were not aligning perfectly along the grainline points. I emailed DP Studio Fashion and they responded within a couple of hours saying that this was a problem they were aware of – an error in the printing. I had to tape it along the right side seam and draw in the hem curve. It’s a simple enough thing to do – I don’t know if subsequent batches of the pattern will have this error. This picture shows what I mean – it really is a minor issue.
All the pieces are cut single layer so this pattern requires a lot of fabric. I failed with pattern matching the side seams but I figured it could be a design feature.
As an intermediate level seamstress, I found the instructions clear and well written. There is a picture tutorial available on the website.
Sizing was spot on. I chose the pattern size based on the provided grid and it was perfectly right for me.
I made no changes to the pattern. The waistband is supposed to have a facing but I opted for a Petersham ribbon. Two reasons: it is quicker and more comfortable.
I managed to finish the skirt in the nick of time on Christmas Eve and was able to wear it on Christmas morning paired with my black BurdaStyle roll neck top. A fetching combo that I felt good in.
After a couple of hours I noticed that the side where the flounce is anchored tended to ‘drop’ creating an asymmetric waist look. My assessment is that the waistband needs to be snugger to keep both sides at the same level. But then again it might just be this particular fabric which has a slightly loose weave that seems to let out over time and tightens when washed.
Verdict: I love this skirt! I felt edgy when I was wearing it. The swish factor is a definite plus for me. It is a skirt made for striding forward towards…something! My sister in law said it had a Vivienne Westwood punk rock vibe. I was pleased beyond reason with that compliment :-).
I am looking forward to making another version of this skirt. It has much potential when using different fabrics. There are more patterns from DP Studio Fashion that I have my eye on.
Thanks for stopping by and until then, Happy Sewing!
Peace and love,
Last year I was working full steam on a SWAP2017 wardrobe. You can read some of the previous SWAP2017 posts here <link here>:
For my lower, I had the Hollyburn skirt which was to be made in an orange bright orange fabric.
I bought the fabric from Fabworks. It’s a cotton twill weave which also has a geometric pattern. It has spandex it with some (about 3% stretch on the cross grain).
Instead of a facing, I used Petersham ribbon on the waistband. Pink satin bias binding on outside
Sewaholic Granville modified –
The fabric is linen dyed a navy blue using Dylon washing machine dye. This was one of the few successful results from my experiments with dyeing fabric.
The embroidery is from Kate N Rose patterns which I had bought over 3 years ago but hadnt ever bothered with it. It’s called Faraway Garden. When Kate was helping me with inspiration pictures I remembered that I had it somewhere in my digital files. Unfortunately marking dark fabric was challenging. Chalk faded away easily and my Frixion pens were not very easily visible. Patience is not one of my strong virtues and eventually, I reached a point which I just wasn’t bothered. But that’s ok – I realised that I am not yet at the beautiful intricate embroidery stage. That’s okay.
I eliminated the center front button placket. The front is sewn together with a flap for snaps of some sort (am yet to do this). I made it sleeveless by raising the armscye by 1/2″ and narrowing the shoulder by 3/4″. This makes it have a closer fit around the armhole. I bias bound the armholes using same linen fabric.
The idea was to have further embroidery on the front and back but seriously, it’s not my thing. I should have got appliques and in future, this is what I will do. As far as embroidery goes – I need to walk before I can run :-).
I am very happy with these 2 garments, more so because they are 2 of my most beloved patterns that I have made more than a dozen of collectively. Pictures….be warned the orange is really bright :-). Pictures were taken in May 2017.
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Peace and love,
I actually made this outfit in January 2017 (Yay for actually sewing a BurdaStyle magazine of the same month!).
Tha fabric for the top is a self wicking knit which has some stretch. The stretch is quite minimal and not like a t-shirt jersey. Unfortunately, I don’t know its exact specifics as it was part of a bundle of fabrics from MinervaCrafts that I had won on IG in 2016. It is very comfortable to wear and supports my bust well.
The top is made up of 8 pieces – nice seam detail to look at but a pain in the neck to deal with. First of all, when tracing it I forgot to write in the seam numbers that tell you which edge to join where and had to rip out twice and cut more pattern pieces (I was using an overlocker). Eventually, I got my head around it and it worked out nicely. I even put in a fancy neon green exposed zip. The zip is purely decorative, in my opinion, as I can easily pull this over my head without using the zip. The next time I make it I will omit the zip.
I really like this top because despite all the seam lines it is very comfortable. The upper half is self-lined so no overlock seams rubbing against my skin. Its fussy but well worth it.
The fabric for the leggings is deep dark brown ponte roma with a shiny surface. I quite liked the angular seams and the high waist of these sporty leggings. Though fussy to sew up if you are trying to line everything up, I think they are worth the hassle. The pattern actually calls for zips at the ankle side seams. No thanks.
For both patterns, I cut the size 38 without any adjustments. I have worn both of these quite a lot over the last year, especially for yoga classes. The leggings are a tad too warm in summer but perfect when the weather is on the cooler side (on account of the ponte).
This outfit was/is a win for me – a great addition to my activewear collection!
Thanks for stopping by and until next time, Happy Sewing!
Peace and love,