Flounce Dress BurdaStyle 01/2017 #112A

 

I will preface this by saying how much I love this dress! So I will go right ahead and show the pictures before all the talking.

Burdastyle 01/2017 #112

BurdaStyle 01/2017 #112

 

Now, the talking bit.

The flounce dress includes a bold flounce to drape in front – which piqued my interest. Initially, I was going to use a cobalt blue crepe, however, at the last minute, I remembered this bright pink wool fabric that I had bought from Fabworks. It is a lightweight wool fabric, similar in texture to pashmina shawls. I found it washed well in a cold water wash and low tumble dry.

Sewing it up was a treat. The fabric is a joy to work with and responds beautifully to a steamy iron. Since the style doesn’t have a zipper – it sews up quite fast. The only tricky bit is when cutting out the pattern. The pieces have to be cut single layer and it is important to mark the seam numbers.

The pattern is a Burda Tall size which is drafted for taller persons. I selected my size based on my bust measurement which put me on size 76. I didn’t change the length of the dress but I did reduce the sleeve length by 2″ to maintain the bracelet length sleeve.

My favourite part of this dress is the flounces at the front. My least favourite is the back fastening. I am considering redoing that back closure and inserting an exposed zip instead. I wore it quite a lot these past 2 months but the back wasn’t an issue since I always wore it layered over a roll neck top. The other annoying thing is that the wool has started pilling where my coat would rub against it :-(.

I definitely want to make this again and do some contrast blocking with the flounces.

This was one of my January #burdachallenge2018 planned makes.

Thanks for stopping by!

Hila

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Burda 06/2016 #101C Wool Jersey Dress

This is a dress I made for my February #burdachallenge2018 project. It wasnt a planned make – I reacquainted myself with the dark blue wool jersey that I bought from Fabworks in Dec 2016.

When I bought the fabric I recall that I wanted to make a Talviki sweater. Alas, with only 1 meter, it was not enough. Enter Burda 06/2016 #101C dress. Here is the line drawing which shows the simplicity of this pattern.

101-062016-m_large

 

Since 1m was not enough for the mini dress – a fact I realised after cutting out three of the four pieces; inventiveness meant that I used a navy ponte for the front yoke – a design feature bourne out of necessity.

For the neckline, I just folded it under and zig zagged. I think this is a finish you can get away with when the fabric is of a more substantive weight like the wool jersey.

The picture shows how I wore it most of the time- with tights and boots and sometimes with a roll neck as well. Wool jersey is very warm and cosy which served me well for the colder days. The pictures were taken during the big snow days that ground Britain to a halt.

Burdastyle 06/2016 #101

 

This is quite a versatile pattern – it works for summer with a lighter fabric like this one that I made here and can work for winter with a thicker fabric.

Thanks for stopping by!

Hila

Offset Jersey Tops BurdaStyle 02/2018 #107 #burdachallenge2018

When I received the February issue of BurdaStyle this pattern immediately jumped out at me. I could see this working well for a beautiful multi colour fabric that I had bought with no particular pattern in mind. Here is the line drawing

BurdaStyle 02/2018 #107

The line drawing doesnt the top much justice so here is the fashion photo

The front and back pattern pieces are nearly identical but you have to absolutely make sure to note the seam numbers on the fabric for when you have to put it together. Otherwise, like me, you might get into a bit of a muddle. But once you have everything properly marked (and traced – when I traced out the pattern pieces I forgot to put on the seam numbers so when the instructions said to sew seam No.1 – I had no idea where it was) its actually a very easy garment to sew up.

I made 2 of these tops. The first one was not as successful because of incorrect fabric selection. I used a medium weight 2 way knit fabric. I felt that it was didnt have enough drape for the pattern and given that the hip is snug on this pattern it wasnt what I envisioned. 

The hips are snug on this, which would have been fine in my much younger days 🙂

It better when I move the hem up to my natural waist.
Its a shame because I really liked the fabric but this was totally wrong pattern for it.

 

Not to be deterred I immediately dug into my fabrics and found a grey 4 way stretch viscose jersey that I thought might work better. Having learnt my lessons before – it took less than an hour to cut and finish this top.

BurdaStyle 02/2018 #107

As you can see this fabric was more suitable for the pattern. I love this top and I have worn it so many times already. By the time we did this photoshoot (indoors because it was the big snow week) it has been washed about 4 times already. Here I am wearing it with my DP Studio Skirt

This is a pattern that I will definitely be coming back to. I need it many different colours. It makes a nice alternative to a normal T Shirt. This was one of my February #burdachallenge2018 makes.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time – Happy Sewing.

Hila

XoX

#burdachallenge2018 March Round up

Can you believe we are already into the fourth month of the year! Its April 1st and I LOVE April! Because April is my birthday month :-). Its also the first proper spring month too. I digress.

There are so many patterns added to my sewing list from all the fantastic makes I am seeing on the #burdachallenge2018 feed on IG as well as the accompanying blog posts.

Wis (whatisew.be) made one of my favourite roll neck patterns from 09/2010 issue: Burda Turtle Neck Top Thanks for sharing a tip on how to avoid tucks on the sleeve seam.

Simona (sewingadventuresintheattick.wordpress.com) braved the tracing to make a gorgeous top with colour blocking: Liberty BurdaStyle Frankenpattern 

Steely Seamstress is planning a  fantastic seventies vintage dress here – Sewing the Seventies .

Diane @DreamCutSew has killed two birds with one stone when she made this lovely belted  – Burda Waist Detail Top . The top was from Burdastyle ticking off her #burdachallenge2018 and also #makeyourstash which is a great challenge by TimetoSew.co.uk and PilarBear.com.

Maggie (magscreativemeanderings.blogspot.co.uk) made a peplum blouse that has me thinking of cheery cherry trees – March BurdaStyle Challenge.

I love Anne’s (compulsiveseamstress.com) impeccably made trousers: Short Trousers means cold ankles and Professor Plum.

Chris is just as fed up of winter as I am and is making a stand with this beautiful floral top : BurdaStyle 2/2018 114 Desperate Measures . Read about her Autumn to Spring Outfit.  

Maria (mhayek.blogspot.co.uk) sewed up a shirt dress with the most amazing fabric! Crazy Fabric Shirt Dress

Allison @allisoncsewing has one of the most inspiring feeds on IG and I love her faux wrap front dress. BurdaStyle 01/2018 118 Dress .

I went and traced out the knotted midi dress after seeing Allison’s version on IG – Knotted Midi Dress . She also has a picture tutorial for sewing the twisted front band which I found so helpful.

Fellow Minerva Maker @Topstitchrollhem ticked off her #burdachallenge2018 with this luscious tropical dress

A cute baby dress by @lejditea

I've made another tiny dress, but this one is for baby Olga 😊 Without any clear idea about sewing for babies I turned to #burdastyle patterns and found this super cute dress with many details that I love making.. Button down dress with collar, cap sleeves and combination of plated and gathered skirt 😍 Would love to make this one in grown up size 😊 I needed 0.5m of fabric for this little dress, so I took this cute stripes and herons cotton fabric I have in my stash from last season.. Sewing all these small parts was slightly nerve wracking for me, but in the end I'm satisfied with how it turned out 😍 . The pattern is no 145 from #burdastyle 07/2012.. . #burdastylegermany #burda #burdachallenge2018 #sewingaddict #fabriclove #sewingforbaby #sewingforgirls #handmadebabyclothes

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If you have ever thought about  how to organise magazine patterns then check out this little clip that @lumisumu shared on IG. This is exactly what I need to do with my growing collection of magazines.

Meg is making a suede and fur open cardigan with a full picture tutorial : Megs Magazine Mash Up 03/2018

Remember to check out the #burdachallenge2018 for inspiration. Though IG has its limitations and annoyances – I appreciate the “translate text” options which means that language is not a barrier. There are many non-english speaking sewcialists also participating in this challenge and we are able to read about each other’s journeys, thoughts, joys and frustrations.

If you are also sewing with Burda to tick off your own personal goals then please share your journey & connect with others around the globe via #burdachallenge2018.

Looking forward – I love the April issue (which is a relief since it’s my birthday month :-).

However, between the holidays, my annual spring clean and Minerva Blogger Network makes, I cannot reasonably expect to sew more than a couple of items so my plans are reflective of this. So here are my plans….plus I need to catch up with unblogged makes 🙂

 

If you’d like to hear my thoughts on the latest April issue

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Peace and love,

Hila

 

 

 

The Great British Sewing Bee From Stitch to Style: The Breton Dress

It gives me great pleasure to share this dress with you. Its from the book, The Great British Sewing Bee From Stitch to Style

The Breton jersey dress attracted me with its wide boat neck line. It also looked simple enough to make and yet it took me nearly 18 months between tracing out the pattern and actually sewing it. Here is the picture from the book:

Sewing the dress was a pleasure as it is instant gratification of the best kind. And to end up with something that makes me feel like a stylish well considered adult, well, that’s just the cherry on the cake! The sewing instructions in the book are really good. Plus the sizing was spot on. This size was selected based on my bust and without any alterations at all this is what it looks like.

Great British Sewing Bee: From Stitch to Style. Jersey Dress
No. I did not stripe match.
I love how the neckline is finished.
I get such a buzz from putting my name on my clothes 🙂
Going for an artistic pose…….(please ignore the holey tights)

If I had to nit pick I’d say that there is a swayback issue on the back but honestly I asked my husband what he thought and he earnestly said that the behind was fine. And that is good enough for me :-).

Fabric was from Jacks Fabrics in Leeds market, bought last year so I am quite pleased at how quickly this fabric was turned around :-).

Overall there are many things that pleased me about this project.

The book only cost £9.99 on Amazon with free P&P. Its great value given the number of patterns that come with the book (27 I think). There are a few more patterns I want to make from there. I did make the Japanese top already.

 

I have already traced out this skirt which was the reason that I bought the book. sewing-bee-book-a-skirtAfter seeing Beth’s version I was very inspired to make it.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy Sewing!

Peave and love,

Hila

XXX

Vogue V1486 Pt. 3 Skirt in Bright Floral Scuba

This is a skirt that I have made 2 times already (bright floral here) and (cobalt scuba here). I always said that I wasnt done with this pattern and it still feels accurate even after this 3rd make.

Perhaps its how easy it is to make the skirt that attracts me so. Or it might be the shape of it – not quite a plain A line skirt, it has the drama of the side box pleats on the lower skirt section. left out the back zip and cut the back piece on a fold. Scuba has great stretch and recovery.

 

Size wise I traced a 10 based on the finished garment measurements (I am normally a 12 on Vogue patterns). I did this because the scuba has some stretch in it. The fabric was an impulse online purchase from FC Fabric Studio . One of those posts you see on IG and click away and before you know it, you are receiving a lovely package of fabric. And it really is lovely, just look at it. Continue reading