Burda Book Project: DONE

I got her done!!

And not a moment too soon.

I was over this thing, man.

Now that it’s done, I kinda like it!!  LOL
I thought it looked pretty good on me to not be my size. I am about 2 sizes smaller on top than I am on the bottom, so I would never have cut them the same size if I were making this for me. I’ve taken more photos, that I can’t show you until like next year….which is too bad, I like them.

Here is a little preview:

5/365: Burda Dress Preview

I have so many other things I want to get done. And now I can do them without the guilt of neglecting this project hanging over my head.

Also, I may never make a pintuck again for the rest of my sewing life.

It was quite stressful to sew with a firm deadline. It was also frightening to think that my home seamstress skills would be scrutinized by professionals. Thanks to some firm encouragement (read-nagging) from my hubby, this thing got down today and in the mail immediately following.


Cool Breeze Pants

You know how you can see the project in your minds eye and just hope like hell that your winging it in the right direction?

Yeah, that’s these pants. A success!!!!

Cool Breeze Pants
Pants, Back

I basically cut the pants using a pj pants pattern as a guide for the crotch.
But with CRAZY volume added to the legs.
At the top I folded back the sides until it fit my waist.
I tacked it down on both sides right at the hip mark and added snaps for decoration.
I added some belt loops to the back.
And attached ties to each side of the pants just behind the snaps.
String the ties through the loops, cross them in the middle loop and tie.
I gave them a wide hem at the bottom and added button holes at the side seams.
I plan to string a ring of fabric through to give myself the option of drawing the bottom closed.
I left the edges of the ties raw, I think the rustic look of the cotton shirting I used suites that look.

I really love these!! I’m examining the stash for a second pair ;o)

The Awful Truth: When Your Presser Foot LIES

For Mother’s Day my very nice hubby bought me all of the sewing books on my Amazon wish list as well as a pintuck presser foot. I have always loved pintucks. Easy to execute and incorporate with the potential for big impact depending in placement. What’s not to love?

Apparently, I should have saved the hubby some money and continued making my pintucks the old fashioned way. Cause this foot, in my experience at least, is useless! It’s not making tucks, more like parallel lines. Which I could do with the twin needle alone…..

Chucking this p.i.t.a attachment aside, I went back to the old fold-and-stitch method I used making the blue skirt in this post. Here are the MUCH better results, in three parts.

Large Tucks
1. Pre Pressing, 2. Pressed, 3. Fluffed

Large, closely spaced tucks.

Too large for my purposes (Burda book dress) but really beautiful, I think. Perhaps on a dress bodice? A center panel.

Set of 5
1. Pre Pressing, 2. Pressed, 3. Fluffed

Smallish, medium spaced.

This set of five is much better for what I have planned for the dress! I have some pintucked areas on the dress with sets of three and some with sets of five. But using matching thread, of course ;o)

Set of 3
1. Pre Pressing, 2. Pressed, 3. Fluffed

This set of three is also good. I achieved more uniform spaces here.

What do you think?

Thread Talk

Sew, Mama, Sew! Has a little contest on right now. Answer the following questions and be entered to win sewing lovelies. How could I resist? And why would I!

  • How did you select colors for your personal thread collection?

Honestly, I mostly guess. I almost never remember to bring swatches with me and when I do, I end up using the thread for a totally different project in the end.

  • Do you always match the color perfectly to your project?

I try to match it as well as I can. Which is sometimes not even close, lol. In those cases where an exact match is impossible, I go for contrast.

  • Do you ever use contrasting thread?

Yes, see above ;o)

  • Do you use the same color in the bobbin as the upper thread?

I usually do. That way I’m not locked into sewing the right or wrong side always up or always down. If you know what I mean. The only time I break from this habit is when I don’t have enough of the right color for both.

  • What if a fabric has big areas of very different colors?

I match the most dominant color. Unless I think that using one of the less dominant ones makes for a nice contrast/detail.

  • Do you have any tips or suggestions about choosing thread?

Not about choosing it, no. I would warn sewers to always buy more than you think you need, though.

  • Can you show us a picture(s) of your thread collection?

Yes. Here you go:Thread Can, Inside

Not much, as you can see. I keep them all inside this can.
Thread Can
I got this from my former boss.
She bought in Israeli chocolates (which were yummy) from her family and I snatched up the cans (I have another) as soon as they were empty.

  • Do you ever buy thread because you fall in love with the color (without a particular project in mind)?

Yes. I actually ended up finding something to make just so I could use it ;o)

  • Do you “invest” in thread?

I’ve only made one investment purchase. This really beautiful variegated thread that’s supposed to be used for quilting.
The special one

I got the idea to use it for buttonholes from this post. I even bought the same fabric, but I’ve been too chicken to cut it.

  • What types of thread do you have? (elastic, quilting, all-purpose, wool, etc.)

I have all of the above, except for wool. But I’m intrigued so I will probably buy some the first opportunity I get.

Drool Worthy Etsy shops

I sometimes troll Etsy for inspiration like one would Anthropologie or…whatever else the people of the blogisphere are inspired by. At least once a day, I fall totally in love with something that I either don’t need or can’t afford. Usually both.

Here are some clothing designers that I love to covet:

Lirola– Who makes stretch jersey both casual enough AND elegant enough to wear any where.

David Chou Design– Look at these pants. They could make anybody’s ass look hot.

Hier Apparel– If I had my way, I’d own one of everything in this shop. Maybe two of each belt.

Modaspia– So simple, yet elegant.

Forêt– Again. Simplicity and grace.

NewExtrave– The designer of these looks must see my secret desire to live in loose skirts and exceptionally wide leg pants for the rest of the summer.

And a few little things that I absolutely don’t need but WANT:

Lilla Lotta– Obviously, I must put twill tape on everything now.

Karaku– Every kind of stamp your heart could ever desire, nevermind that you don’t actually have anything to stamp.

Brookish– Because who doesn’t want to carry a lilttle piece of Darcy or Wentworth with them everyday?

Vessels and Wares– I promised myself that when I grew up, I would fill my house with all the lovely things I didn’t have while young. Then I went and had children which kinda put the kibosh on that… This is the best update of a childhood favorite ever! I loved our wire mesh hanging basket, but this one kicks its ass!

So spill. What’s on your covet list?



I will, if all goes according to plan ;D, be featured alongside many talented lovelies in the forthcoming BurdaStyle Book!!

I cannot tell you how excited I am! I have never been in a book before. I will make a variation of a basic dress pattern. I was able to choose my own fabric and color (PURPLE!!). I think the most exciting thing about the whole business was having my sketch approved. I have very limited drawing skills and I was worried that my vision for my variation would not be clear. But it was! And they chose ME!

You can read more about the book over on BurdaStyle.

Most of my blogging activity has been happening over at SownBrooklyn, lately.