Friday, November 09, 2007

A little Burda Sewing

I love Burda WOF. Why I don't sew more out of the issues I have (the past three years worth), I honestly don't know. That is actually part of my New Year's Resolution (well I don't really make resolutions, but something I'd like to work on doing) ~ sewing at least one garment from each issue. It seems pointless to subscribe to the magazine ($80ish/yr) if I'm not sewing from them. I think most of the issue at hand is the I sew for both myself and the kids and I just don't have enough hours in the day to do it all. I really enjoy sewing for the kids and I want to continue doing so as long as I can, but with the four to one ratio, it seems I'm always the one left out. I know there is going to come a time when they aren't going to want anything to do with my sewing, so I have to take advantage of it while it lasts.

Anyway, a few weeks ago I was reading fellow PR member Christina Sonja's Assorted Notions blog and saw her adorable rendition of a top from the 10-2005 issue of WOF. I honestly hadn't looked twice at the pattern (I think I need to dig out all my back issues and give them a good look through) and just loved hers. I knew I needed one, so that moved up to the top of the list and I got to make it yesterday. It was so quick to make and I love how it turned out. The fabric is a sweater knit I picked up at Joann's or Wal-Mart a long time ago. It was a clearance or bargain fabric and at the time I had no idea what to do with it, but thought it was worth the few bucks I'd pay for it to be able to experiment with a sweater knit fabric. Well much to my surprise it was very easy to sew, so now I'm on the hunt for a few more. Got any good sources? Please let me know! I posted a review of my shirt on PR if you'd like to read more about it.

I'm not sure what is up next. I was working on the stylish short jacket from Simplicity ~ pattern 3631 this week (casual in a nice dark denim), but I am not 100% sure I'm in love with it or if it's really my style. I cut a 10 (my usual size) and it's really pretty big through the chest plus the sleeves are definitely ultra wide. Maybe it's just that I'm not used to the style. I did some very nice topstitching using Jeans Stitch thread, but unfortunately I can't get the bobbin thread to look very nice (it's crooked no mater what I do) so I am going to have to rip out all the topstitching and redo it with some regular thread (maybe two threads in the needle). I just was uninspired, so I set it aside for now. I would like to finish it up soon tho as I hate to have UFO's hanging around.


stacy said...

Cute top! I love the fabric too - it looks like something EOS would sell.

Sharon said...

It is a cute top! The fabric is probably from Joann's as I sewed an almost identical top a few weeks ago using a McCall's pattern - (the photo is on my blog posting for 10/29) and the fabric I used was from Joann's. It looks very nice on you.

Melissa said...

And Sharon is right, it's the same fabric so it must be Joann's! :-) Love to solve the mystery. Sharon's top is gorgeous too - awesome job!!!!

Stephanie said...

It looks great! I have that same fabric that has been waiting for the right pattern to come along. This might be it!