December Burda Preview

November 7, 2011 at 9:47 pm (regular) (, , )

For a while, I think Burda’s magazine was getting a lot of negative reviews.  I was just starting to sew so I wasn’t even interested in committing to a magazine subscription.  Once I realized I wasn’t going to quit sewing anytime soon, I still didn’t consider getting a subscription because of those reviews.  However, PR message boards have been bringing the past couple months’ previews to my attention and I’ve actually liked a ton of the patterns!  It’s possible the past couple issues have improved, or maybe I just have completely different taste than those commenting on the message boards.  (If the latter is true, then I’m in the minority and maybe should start worrying about my style??)  Well, I decided to ask for a subscription for Christmas, just 6 months to start.  Even if I bought it for myself, I think the numbers make sense.  In the US, it’s $48 for a 6 month subscription that contains 30-40 patterns per issue (if I remember correctly).  If you buy the patterns off of the website, they’re about $5.40 each.  So if you only make two patterns per issue, you’re ahead!  Considering how many patterns I like in the November and December issues alone, I’d be getting more than my money’s worth.  Here are some of my favorites (I can’t tell you how hard it was not to include every single photo:

Seriously, that was me restraining myself.  I want every.single.pattern.  And did you see all of those jackets?!?!?! I’m beyond excited.  Also, I love her hair.

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Radio Silence, continued

October 26, 2011 at 5:06 pm (regular) (, , )

I still don’t have any finished projects to show, but I have made some progress.

The mustard dress, Vogue 8511, is still waiting on its hem.  Let’s not talk about it.

I stopped working on the red gabardine pencil skirt, Vogue 8363.  I couldn’t take it anymore.  The fabric shifted constantly, snagged the very first time I sewed it, unraveled like crazy and the loose fibers stuck to everything in sight.  I don’t remember how much it was, maybe $4 or 5?  Not worth it.

I knew I wanted to make multiple pencil skirts from that pattern to fill a gap in my wardrobe, so while at the fabric store picking up fabric for more versions, I decided to just start over with a new, less frustrating red fabric.  In addition to the red, I picked up an army green fabric and a grey with white pinstripes fabric.  The red skirt is so close to being done, the fit is almost spot on, however the thread and zipper I bought for the original skirt is too bright for this fabric.  I’ll have to pick up new ones tonight so I can finally finish something up.

After I realized the zipper wouldn’t work with the skirt, I put it aside and picked up the Sorbetto instead.  In my rushed tiredness, I sewed a right side to a wrong side.  At that point, I decided to call it a night.

I’m hoping to finish up the red skirt and the Sorbetto tonight because in the meantime, I’ve been creating quite the list of “to sew” projects.  Maybe later today I’ll add a list to the side of the blog so it’s easier to access than an old blog posting like the Tim Gunn list.  For now, here is one thing I had in mind:

Burdastyle's Heidi Dress

Some of the versions I saw were really cute, but there are numerous reviews about the fit being much too big.  I think if I can nail the fit on a muslin, I’d make multiple versions of this dress as well.  I already found some fabric I’d love to use for them:

Alexander Henry Fashionista Bone Bling Fabric

Alexander Henry Fashionista Guilded Ikat Fabric

Kaffee Fassett Woven Haze Stripes Cobalt Fabric

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