Monday, 21 April 2014

The winner of the April Give away is...

Hello Ladies,

Another month has sped by. I am doing the pattern give away all year and enjoying it but it seems that as soon as I get one month's package posted off I am announcing the next. It all goes zoom zoom. I don't know how people who blog a (insert topic here) of the day do it.

Anyway the winner for April is the stunning Angela The Creative Diva.
Send me an email, it's under my profile.

The patterns will soon be flying to their new home.


Sunday, 20 April 2014

Butterick Mock Wrap Dress B5873

Firstly Happy Easter to all,

In the midst of all the things that Easter entails, I have been sewing. Just before Easter I made Butterick B5873, a 'See and Sew' mock wrap with a little collar and belt. The collar is not my style so I left it off and straightened the neck edges where they extend to accommodate the collar at the front. This ended up lowering the neck at the front a little and made the neck floppy so I compromised by finishing off the entire neck edge with a self strip 4cm wide folded over lengthwise and serged on to make a casing for elastic. I put 1 cm wide elastic through just to hold it firm. Figure out how long to make the casing and also the elastic by measuring the finished neckline length from the pattern pieces. Then allow an extra inch to poke out when you start off the seam. It ends up hardly gathered at all but it makes the neckline sit exactly how I want. The ends are trimmed, the elastic stay stitched then the side seams sewn up as instructed.

The material is a slinky viscose from Pitt Trading  at Ramsgate. The shop is on the other side of the city from me so I don't get there often and I tend to forget what a beautiful selection of fabrics they have. It is an independent store in the old style featuring quality over quantity and genuine service. I couldn't help noticing that they have fabrics in a fair few of this season's colours. Pantone Site

I looked at fuschia velvet  hmmm but I was there to buy black viscose to make more Style Arc Elle pants for my DD, which I did. They've have already been made and gratefully recieved. Did I manage to get photos of her in them? No...

Anyway, I reasoned that hot pink velvet even made up as the jacket I envisaged would just sit in my wardrobe so I bought this multi colour jungly print for myself. It was near the door and leapt into my hands. Wearing a lot of colours at once is more 'me' than selecting just one.

 skinny pre Easter festivities shot ...
not so svelte today ;)

The pattern is fairly easy but working with the slippery viscose itself was hard. Thank goodness for my serger, and for the walking foot. 

I like this pattern for the raglan sleeves, the ease of construction, the gathers on the inside ends of the sleeves. The dress is not going to flop open when one sits down. I dare say it would make up better in a less slippery material like the matte jersey or cotton knits recommended. One of these days I will take heed of the back of the pattern envelope when choosing material day.

p.s Yes I went mad and cut off all my hair. Should have done it in summer. 

Stay well,


Thursday, 10 April 2014

How to access Burdastyle magazine archives

Dear Sewists,

I have Burdastyle magazines dating back to 2002 which is when I first started buying them and they were known as Burda world of fashion. I don't keep all the magazines, just favourtie ones and even now I rarely subscribe but just buy the odd one here and there. However the ones I do keep have favourite styles that I like to revisit. Basic lines can be updated with contemporary details. In fact some whole issues feel like deja vu. But when they get it right, they get it right..the perfect pencil skirt, a really good T shirt, a classic coat are all among my Burda favourites.

How to access line drawings and original photos of old issues online? I have found a way! The Burdastyle Russian site is one of the best out there because it is hugely popular in Russia. Now, this is an open secret in the sewing community but navigating the site is tricky unless you are fluent in written Russian.

Enter Google Translate. I found a way to get pages translated when I was looking for archival line drawings from 2006.

Google burdastyle ru link and the first site that comes up is the Russian burdastyle website
Clink on the 'translate this page' part within that link and you end up here
Click on the 'archive' button which is situated at the top and it brings you here

The archives at this time go back to 2004. Click on the appropriate year and search for your garment pattern number and right click your image and save to desktop. Note:  You can only get the line drawings of the individual patterns featured at the bottom of each issue's page. Link the image to your blog from blogger when writing a post by clicking the  'photos' icon then choosing 'desktop' from your menu that comes up, then on the individual photo. Because they are from the site they are already resized for the web.

Unfortunately, it is not every model from every issue, only the ones featured when you scroll down to the bottom of the issue's page.

For example this is the line drawings and one of the photos for January 2006 skirt pattern 114 and shirt 112

My daughter asked me to make a simplified pull on version of the skirt for work out of black viscose, above knee length, without pockets and a wide elastic waistband.

Photos lightened to show seam detail

Burdastyle 1-2006-114

The only option at the moment for pre-2004 issues is to take photographs yourself then upload them, but for the others it's nice to be able to get the originals.

I hope this is helpful,