Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Some questions and answers:
. . . I am impressed that you can do BWOF with no pics. Can you give me any hints? I am about to try my first BWOF pattern.
Rachel -- Check out this link for Burda. This is where I put all the tips/suggestions for using Burda patterns. I add to it every now and again.
Wow! Looks beautiful on you. Do you have some place special to wear it?
Kasizzle -- Not yet. I do have a wedding this summer so I'll probably wear it to that function. But, my DH and I are long overdue for a "no-kids" dinner.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
I think I'm going to enter this contest too. Mostly because it motivates me to keep going on a project. That, and I had so much fun cranking through my last wardrobe. A mini-wardrobe is all I need for an Alaskan summer anyway, sigh. Here is what I have so far.
And again. This is the new one.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
ETA: Here is the front an back after I did the smallest possible seam allowances possible. When I do the real one I will add more to the hip area. Lots more. Maybe two inches on each side? I know it sounds like a lot but I just let out an inch just now and you can see it is still pretty snug.
The chest area will need to be taken up about a 1/2" in the front and the back. I didn't do it already because I wanted to double check.
I pressed the zipper open because the fabric kept getting stuck in the metal zipper. I use the same zipper over and over again for muslins.
And no, it will not be this short. I just didn't have enough of this cotton fabric to make it the full length.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
This is THE BEST fly I have ever made. Kwik Sew has the best directions!
The next pair, I'll probably take off another inch off the hem.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Next on my list is KS 3614. Yes, we still have snow but my sheer will that it will be spring soon should be enough to make it warm. I have already cut and sewn the muslin. It looks like a S with no alterations will fit perfectly. I am making either the 2" or 5" inseam, I can't decide. I may make them just a bit longer than the 2". Still deciding right now. Now, onto the real fabric. I am using either a stretch dark wash denim or a stretch sateen bottom weight. I am toying with the idea of putting pockets on the back.
This is the best directions for putting in a fly I have seen. It is better (IMO) than the Betzina (sp?) video in the Threads website. I think people should get this pattern for the fly directions alone. So easy and great finished product.
See Ma? No hands!
Here is the front of the envelope. I guess this is a pattern that is OOP. I have never seen it before
Here are the line drawings and sizing chart.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Also, I bid on a April Burda magazine on eBay. In the last few hours, someone outbid me. I like the April one but don't love it. I will be getting the May one for sure. Have you seen some of the super cute patterns in the May magazine?
Oh, and here is a question for you Burda-fans. Why are there 8 issues? Which months do they skip? So far there has been a January, February, March, April, and May. Do they do a "special" issue so skip a few months or how does it work?
Here are a few of the May patterns I think are cute.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
This is what I've been doing this weekend. My husband is going to go bear hunting in Kodiak next week and requested two more of these wicking, 100% polyester shirts. There is a smaller one on top. I had several large scraps so I made the "Hunter Boy" another camo one too.
This is the tag I put in the small one.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Now, I can give you all a low-down on the differences between Burda and Patrones. I've never seen one so I hope it is in English. If not, I'll have to get by with my wits alone.
I'm excited because I never win anything!!!
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Fit? Love it. Fitted without being too fitted.
Length? Love it.
Princess seaming? Love it.
Shoulder/sleeve dart? Turned out really well.
Wool crepe? Love working with it.
Color? HATE IT. HATE IT. HATE IT.
I think this one is a wadder. I'm not going to do anything with it yet but what do you ya'll think? I added different belts to see if that helped with the blah factor. I put on colored tights so my whole body was not one huge khaki creation. The black fuzzy at the arm is the lining. I haven't hemmed it yet.
Purple looks bad. One problem is I can't figure out whether this is a brown or a grey. Do I wear brown shoes or black ones? I have a rule about wearing brown shoes with black/grey things and vice versa. In these pictures it looks khaki brown.
Lower or higher belt?
Solid colored belt or patterned belt like this one? I don't like any of the options!!!
I need color around my face but, as a science teacher, I don't wear scarves or big necklaces. Too many opportunites to catch on fire. What sort of non-frilly colorful embellishment can I add? I was recently reading Lindsey T's blog and her trim shopping. I wish . . .