BurdaStyle 2/2013

I just received my February 2013 Issue of BurdaStyle in the mail, and there are so many patterns in this issue I can’t wait to make!! And, even better, most of them are rated easy! Hooray! Here’s a quick look at the patterns I’m loving (all images from the Feb. issue, copyright Burda):

I really love the contrasting neck and sleeve bands on this blouse. Perfect for the office!

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This top is made with pre-pleated fabric, and inspires me to try out some of those funky fabrics I see but never know what to do with.

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I really like this easy rated knit dress, but I’m not sure the flounce would work on my body type:

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I LOVE this top, and bonus – there’s also a longer, dress length version with short sleeves:

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This simple halter style dress will be perfect for a vacation in Mexico we’re planning later this year:

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I love the gathered effect on this mock wrap skirt (I think this is a candidate for the Giorgio Armani wool I received in a recent mystery bundle):

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There are a few other patterns as well – a knit top in short and long sleeve lengths, a couple more dresses that will be perfect for vacation. This issue is going to keep me busy for a good long while!

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A Very Burdastyle Christmas!

I mentioned to my mom a while back that I’d really like a subscription to Burdastyle, and she surprised me with one for Christmas! I received a copy of the December 2012 issue with a card notifying me of the subscription earlier this month, and just received the January 2013 issue earlier this week. Thumbing through the January issue, I immediately fell in love with this leather vest:

Burdastyle Jan 2013 Leather Vest

I love everything about this vest – the length, the zippers, the collar, the point in the front. It has a great shape and will work with my curves very nicely! Figuring it would be a good project for when I had advanced a bit in my skills, I penned it in to my sewing calendar for some time next year.

I received an email notification from FabricMart today advertising these gorgeous purple and metallic leather hides as Sue’s Daily Pick for only $17/hide. How could I resist grabbing some up for that lovely vest?? As an added bonus, they’re currently offering free shipping! Woohooo! I took the great deal on this leather as a sign – I need to jump right in and make this baby now! The only problem is, I’ve never worked with leather, and I’ve never worked with a Burdastyle magazine pattern either. Eep! Ah well, what’s life without some adventure, right?

I should receive the leather next week, and with the kids off to their dad’s for the holidays I’m planning on using my four day weekend over New Year’s to start working on this vest. I am a little intimidated by that leather, but I’m also excited to start my new year off with a new challenge! Does anyone else have plans to challenge themselves with something new in the new year?