A few random thoughts and updates…
(1) I’ve started working on compiling images for my mood boards for my year-long sewing goals. I’m whittling down my inspirations, and hopefully will move on to color selections next week.
(2) Because I’m obsessed with Burda, and especially their coats and jackets, I am really excited by this article on the German website: Burda Trench Coats – and now I want to sew all the things! Seriously, I have all these patterns, and I’ve had them on my to-sew wishlist for quite some time, but now I’m really wanting to make a trench!
(3) The German site has also announced the Spring/Summer Burda Catalog. I’ll have a post on this soon – probably next week. I’ve already mostly written it, but my first thought was that the release was very dress-heavy. I went back and checked the numbers and realized that there are at least a dozen patterns that have yet to be posted, so I’m holding off on my review for a bit until I’m sure that everything is up or that they won’t be posting any other patterns from this release to their website. The February Burda preview should be out soon as well, but since I’m going to be busy at an event this weekend, I’ll likely post that next week as well.
(4) And now for a RTW rant. So, I know I sew, and I know pants fit me better when I sew them, but sometimes you desperately need navy trousers as part of a professional uniform and you realize that everything you have is at least 1-2 sizes too large, and you are flying in a few days and there just isn’t time to sew a pair. You haven’t made any sort of RTW fasting pledge, and you are under dire time constraints, so you turn to ready to wear. You go to the store, and are happy to see that, unlike the last time you searched for navy pants, there is a large selection! But, upon closer inspection, you realized that nearly all of these styles have precisely ZERO CLOSURES. WTF is this? No pant closures? I mean, I’m all for elastic waistbands in my PJs, but for professional clothing? Plus, these weren’t the sort of gathered waistbands that would stretch and retract to sit nicely at the waist; no, these were engineered to look as flat as possible, so the waist was ridiculously large to allow you to pull them on. The stretchy material bagged when you glanced at it, and, because of the way the pattern had to be cut to even get these pants on, the fit was atrocious. And it wasn’t like 1 pair. It was like 90% of the offerings were like this, and all from different brands. Clearly, this pull-on pants thing is a trend, but it’s not a good one. Thankfully, the one style that did have a normal fly front had a pair that fit me, so I was able to find something that would tide me over for the event I’m going to, but man am I happy I can sew. Navy and grey trousers have to make it into my spring and summer sewing lists this year, because I’m going to need them come summer, and I’m not holding out much hope of finding anything useful in RTW at this point.