Posts Tagged ‘Burda pattern


next up: white bamboo!

For this dress, I dug out a fabric bolt from under my work table.

I’ve always wanted to use this for something but find plain white too boring sometimes.

A crisp white shirt paired with jeans is great. A white t-shirt on a colorful skirt is fun.
Even a white shirt dress with lots of details and pockets works.

But what to do with plain white bamboo? Add texture – that’s what I did.

I had about 2ft (50cm) of this textured white fabric and always wondered WHAT to do with it:

Since I can always use a little more ‘fluff’ around my bust, I replaced the otherwise plain bodice of my pattern.

Before I cut out the pattern pieces, I sewed the ruffled fabric to the bamboo and then proceeded to cut the bodice. The skirt part is a simple folded square in which I cut the waist and then attached it to the bodice. For added fun, I used a strip of the ruffles on the neckline.

Again, this is a Burda pattern (they just fit me well!).

This way, I like my white dress.

All I need now, is SUN and WARMTH. (hey, that’s not too much to ask, is it??)



black with polka dots

For the past two weeks, I have put myself in a sewing challenge.

I NEED to decrease my fabric stash or I won’t allow myself to buy any more.

Combining a t-shirt top with a simple ruched skirt, I came up with this:

After consulting with my friend B. for patterns, she had the idea to make an A-line dress out of this fabric, using the border both on the skirt and on the arms.

This jersey is VERY lightweight and drapey, therefore I did not trust it to hold ANY shape.

The arms might look like they hit me in an odd spot, but since the fabric is so light, I do not mind the length.  Also, I wanted to use ALL of the polka dots for the arms but not make it into a long-sleeve number by adding more black to the upper arm.

For the upper body, I used the bust part of this t-shirt…

… and attached pretty much the remaining fabric as skirt.

The pattern calls for sewing around the middle ring, but I chose not to  – after not being able to ‘pretty’ do it on a previous shirt I made.  Instead, I used a regular key ring that I fed through the tunnel, which I sewed with the fabric laying flat.

I really like the feel of this dress and can’t wait to take it out.

Thanks B. for pointing me in the right direction – one fabric down!


after and before (part 1)

There was a time in my life when I had a lot more time (or so it seems…).

I used to make most of my clothes.

Sew them. (when I was A LOT younger, I would also knit, but that is a REALLY long time ago…)

Sewing reminds me very much of  ‘mechanical’ work. You have tools (scissors, rulers, gizmos) and machines (serger, sewing machine, cover lock). You have pieces, defined steps and in the end you have (mostly, if you don’t screw up) a unique piece of clothing that is made for your body.

There will be no other like it, even if your girlfriends choose the same pattern. YOUR choice of fabric will make it different.

I would spend a lot of time sewing. Make an item or two in one week. Go fabric shopping.

Then I started to sew for other people and it all changed. I did not want to be near a sewing machine after sewing all day for others.

Today, I hardly make garments for customers anymore. Too much pride hinges on it, expectations were sky high, and I am honestly not good enough to whip out the perfect fit in a reasonable time.

I stick to alterations of  ready-made garments. And I am good at it.

So when I found myself with a little time on hand last weekend, I set out to finish this blouse that I had cut out over a year ago. For two days I immersed myself in finishing it.

I pleated, I pinned, I ironed, I sewed, tried on and sewed a little more.

(this is where it started)

I already wore this blouse THREE times last week!


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