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!

Instant pencil skirt gratification

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I’ve been busy tracing off a pattern for my first attempt at making something from the BurdaStyle magazine. The process is sort of slow-going and tedious, and I found myself starting to avoid the sewing room lately, dreading trying to find the correct pattern lines, trace them, and add in seam allowance. Dreading the sewing room is not a good sign, and I knew I needed something quick and easy to get back in sewing gear. Some of the ladies in the RTW Fasters group had recently mentioned being in a sewing slump, and Sarah suggested sewing up a quick pencil skirt to break through the slump and move forward.

I thought that was a great idea, and had the perfect 1 yard piece of tiger print knit for a skirt, but no pattern. A quick search of the web located this tutorial for making a knit pencil skirt using an existing skirt as a guide, and I was off to the machine to see what I could do!

 

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Sorry for the dark photos – my camera is lost at the moment, so iPhone it is!

I really love this skirt! Quick, easy, and based off something you already own so you know it will fit great! I plan to make up at least two or three more in basic solids to help round out my wardrobe. I would definitely recommend trying this out! Great for that instant gratification we sometimes need!

Adventures in Full Bust Adjustments

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Well, here are the pattern pieces for M6163 all adjusted for a 2″ FBA. This took a lot more adjusting than usual. Rather than two mirror image pieces, this dress has one large piece that is the front of the dress (1), and a smaller panel that is sewn under the larger piece on the left side (2).

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I had to adjust both sides individually, then make a second adjustment on the opposite side of the center line of each piece to ensure everything still lined up.

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Now that I have everything adjusted and theoretically ready, I’m second guessing myself. The adjusted pattern pieces look HUGE. I measured, and adjusting for seam allowance the finished dress should be about 3″ bigger than my measurement at the hips, which is about where I want it to be. But I just can’t get past how huge it looks sitting there on the table!

I’m not sure I want to cut in to my fashion fabric without sewing up a second muslin, and unfortunately I don’t have any suitable knits in my stash. I think I’ll sleep on this for tonight, and if I’m still feeling doubtful I’ll make a quick trip to Fabrix tomorrow to try to find some inexpensive knit for a muslin.

Sometimes I drive myself a little nuts with doubting my own abilities. Does anyone else struggle with that? It’s definitely one of the things I’m hoping my participation in the RTW challenge will help me with.

A big box of joy…

…arrived from Fabric Mart today! ūüôā

From left to right, back to front:

Silk/Cotton suiting, cream and metallic silver.¬† There is MUCH more silver in this fabric than I expected!¬† I had planned to use this for the jacket from Vogue 1132, but I’ll have to think on that a bit….

Marc Jacobs wool blend plaid, which doesn’t appear to be available on the site anymore.¬† I think I paid $3.99/yd for this.¬† It was such a good deal, I bought 6 yards.¬† I would like to make the Burda Tonia Shorts¬†out of this.¬† The rest will probably be used for a jacket.

Marc Jacobs novelty embroidered cotton with stars.¬† This one is so fun, and doesn’t appear to be¬†available any more.¬† The weave between the stars is somewhat loose and the fabric is very light.¬† It will probably end up as a summer dress.¬† Here’s a closeup:

Linen blend jersey knit in chili pepper. 

Linen blend jersey knit in aquamarine.

“Brushstrokes” ITY knit from Julie’s Picks.¬† I’ll make another McCall’s 5974 with this.

White ribbed knit for turtlenecks/tees for layering.

Purple/Gray/White striped silk shantung that is no longer available.¬† I have no idea what I’ll make with this, but it is BEAUTIFUL.¬† The stripes run selvage to selvage.¬† I’d like to try to avoid horizontal stripes, although maybe the broader stripes won’t be so bad.¬† I have about 2 yards.¬† Any suggestions?

Black Ponte knit from Julie’s Picks, which I’m hoping to make some pants from.

Not pictured is this lovely silk/cotton toile. I don’t know what this will be yet, but it is very lovely!

I also received a free 6 yard fabric bundle with my order.  I received 2 yards of a red knit, 1 5/8 yards of a black woven, and another 2.5 yards of the cream/silver silk/cotton suiting, so I guess I can make a skirt to go with my jacket!