September came and went with grand plans of entering the Pattern Review Mini Wardrobe contest fizzling out after many hours of pattern fitting muslins and resulting in only one knit shirt. October started with slightly less grandiose plans of completing just one pair of trousers in time for the Pattern Review Skills contest. I thought … More Better Late than Never
IT. IS. DONE. Finally. For reals this time. It almost feels unreal to be saying it, and I still don’t think the the fact that this project has reached completion has totally registered. But my RTW Knockoff, #SewTheLook trench coat, lovingly dubbed The Forever UFO, is FINISHED. Looking back at my records, this coat has … More Pattern Review: BWOF-09-2006-103 (The Forever UFO)
I hadn’t originally included this dress as part of my spring Sew Geeky plans, but, then again, I hadn’t originally planned on attending a wedding during this time frame either. This was sort of a last minute look, but I thought I might as well incorporate it into my Spring Sew Geeky capsule, even though, … More Pattern Review: BWOF-03-2007-126 (Spring Sew Geeky)
When I came up with my original Sew Geeky plans, this jacket wasn’t on it at all, but I added it to meet the criteria of the Pattern Review Wardrobe Contest, and I’m so happy I did! I love this jacket! Simple, casual, warm, easy, and colorful. Definitely fits with what I’m wanting to wear … More Pattern Review: BWOF-03-2003-109A (Sew Geeky Spring/Wardrobe Contest Item #1)
I have been planning to make this jacket a long time. A really long time. Like, I saw this jacket in an online database of old Burda magazines and it caused me to go to Ebay and start buying old issues of the magazine long time. It took me a while to gather the fabric … More Pattern Review: BWOF-08-2006-101
I have been going at it with the sewing machine – I still haven’t fully sewn together my pants (I still need to attach the waistband and hem, but probably not until next weekend), but I did working on muslins for my button shirt and a jacket. First, the good news: the jacket muslin is … More Two Muslins and Other Thoughts
Ok, McCall’s 6035, you win. After 8 months, 4 muslins, and 1 break down, I give up. You win. I wave the white flag. I sadly thought that good reviews and cup sizing would be enough to bring you to my side. It was not. Ok, you win. This time around, anyway. So in favor … More Waving the White Flag
You guys – I sewed! A skirt! That was part of my year-long sewing challenge! For those of you keeping track my goal was to make one item a month (at least), so right now I am half a month behind (since I have one “item” – actually a top/bottom combo outfit – half done). … More Pattern Review: BWOF-02-2005-128
As many of you long-time Burda subscribers (or crazy obsessed fans who spend too much time and money on Ebay) know, back in the day (like 2007 and earlier) Burda World of Fashion (now Burda Style) used to feature reader-submitted designs. I am not entirely certain when this stopped, but this article on the German Burda … More Burda News: A Return to Reader Designs?
Since I haven’t been posting as much in the past few months some of this is a backlog, and some of it is souvenir fabric shopping from nationals. The patterns were won in a hard-fought Ebay battle. There may or may not have been blood. From Fashion Fabrics Club: Blue wool jersey (for a top) and red … More Fabric and Patterns, Oh My!