Tuesday, June 5, 2012


From Burda
After completing the Renaissance costume in one day, my head got really big and I actually started thinking I might be capable of sewing things again. So I got all excited and remembered that, once upon a time, I had ordered a subscription to Burda Style magazine. It was supposed to take 3-6 months to arrive but it never did which was just as well I guess because I haven't had much time to even go to the bathroom in the past two years since #3 was born. But, my new found excitement got me reved up, and I ordered it again. This time, the first issue is supposed to arrive in July! I didn't want the momentum to die off, so I bought a PDF Burda pattern to try to get back into the swing of things.

Burda #108 is a sleeveless dress with a twist not in the front. It was in one of their previous magazines this year and although the model dress is not very appealing, I saw some other pictures of it made up where it looked quite nice. I've been wanting to get into some summer dresses to bring a little variation to my regular capri, cargo pants and a t-shirt, mom uniform I wear most of the time. Sadly, my visit to JoAnn's and Hancock Fabrics brought me right down to reality. The fabric selection for apparel is HORRIBLE unless you are really into super loud, spandex-y green, black, and white prints, or, spandex-y animal prints. I'm more of a neutrals person.

Now, this is what happens when you buy a pattern from the Internet. You don't have to drive anywhere to get it or wait for it to come in the mail, but your need to have a lot of paper and tape!

Taping fifty pieces of paper together.

Decided cutting the top and right sides off was better than folding.

All pieces taped together.

Lining up the pieces is quite easy.

Luckily, I have lots of almost-free-paper from back-to-school sales.  However, I didn't realize this pattern is for Tall and I am short.  We'll see how that goes.  I don't consider modifying and adjusting patterns to be my strong suit.  I'm not even sure how I'll do following the Burda instructions which assume you are well versed in different sewing techniques.

Also, I'm getting this little gadget to add the seam allowance to the pattern while you cut.  This should help out a lot since I'm not used to having to add the seam allowance.

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