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?

Happy holidays!

The holiday season is upon us, and that means I haven’t had much time to sew for myself lately! It has become tradition for me to make pajama bottoms for family every year. They open them on Christmas Eve so they can sleep in them while we wait for Santa. This started as a way to introduce me to my partner’s family’s holiday traditions, and has become something I really enjoy and look forward to every year. It’s a lot of work, but this year I enlisted my holiday elf to help me out!

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This was his first time sewing, and despite me being not the best teacher, I must say that he is picking it up very quickly. And he had MUCH more confidence with the serger than I did at first!

I hope you all have a happy, safe holiday season filled with friends and family!