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Vogue 1257 – muslin

I had no idea what I would sew next after finishing my trousers. Tonight I traced the Vogue 1257 dress that I ordered recently. I liked the pattern when it was published ordered it, and decided to make a muslin. There is one not so positive review on PR and I was cautioned to be aware of the length of the bodice, the reviewer warns for a short bodice (high waist) while the picture and line drawing don’t show that.Measuring the back it really appeared short. I added 5 cm (2 inches) to the bodice. It was a bit of a puzzle how to do that on the front. This is what I did, it will be easier to understand if you have the pattern yourself.I drew a line about the pleats and made an angle at the center front line to the side seam. Then I shifted the part with the pleats down and for the left part I made sure that the waistline remained the same. With the blue line I made a correction on the space needed. The new center front line made me wonder whether there would be enough space at bust heigh…

Burda trousers

I’m blogging for more than 4 years, and I’ve already quite a few posts with new trousers and fitting issues. And I don’t even mention all my fitting failures here. Sometimes I got very near, sometimes I didn’t succeed at all. It’s sort of looking for the holy grail, coming close but never finding it. Every time I think I’m there, then there are unwanted wrinkles when I use another fabric with more/less drape. I think this pair is not perfect, but pretty good. What I learned in these 4 yours of making pictures, also from the back of my clothes, is that there always will be a wrinkle here or there, depending on the way I stand. This pair is comfortable, is made of a thin wool which makes it suitable for every season and is very, very basic. SewDarnLucky asked for a tutorial on the waistband. I don’t know of one (perhaps I should make one), but perhaps the pictures in this post make it clear.On to the next project…..

Trousers - almost finished

What a lot of (long) comments on my Burda post. Thank you, it was so nice to read all your opinions about it. I keep hoping Burda will publish something fashionable and interesting again soon. I've been working on a pair of trousers, inspired by a rtw linen pair I bought this summer and was happy with . It was a bit lower style than I usually wear/make and the fit was good. But it shrunk a bit when washing and I couldn't really copy it. So I browsed my Burda (!) magazines and found a similar style in the May 2006 issue.I made a muslin and to my great surprise it almost fitted as it was. I only had to let out the side seams at hip height a bit extra.  I don’t have pictures of muslin or trousers yet, but I am very happy wiith how it looks in general and especially on the inside. I like a good inside finish.The fabric is a very beautiful, thin wool and I interfaced till the knee. It will be my first “fall” project.Like I did before I changed the pattern for the waistband so that …

Burda magazine

I haven’t written about Burda Style magazine for a very long time. If you have been reading my blog for a while you know that I was very disappointed in the way the magazine developed and ended my subscription last year. I browse it in the shop every month and never bought an issue in the past 12 months, the patterns were either not attracting me, or variations of what I already have.Last week I browsed the new September issue, expecting a lot of new fall/winter fashion and of course hoping to find some patterns to like. Not so, and I’m even more surprised to find a large collection of what they call “Country look”. They offer that as “trend” for 2011/2012 in a small catalogue of the new envelope patterns for the next season.Who wants these patterns? Is there a market to do this kind of patterns so regularly? Just wondering, it must be so because otherwise they wouldn’t make these, but I so much would like a more current look from Burda and patterns I want to make immediately. It used…

Sorbetto (twice)

This top is so easy to make that I made a second one right away. This is a lovely pattern that can be easily worn on its own as a summer top, but will suit me well as a top to go under a jacket as well. Both versions are in silk, the navy is a silk I bought in Brussels during the PR weekend in April, the black has less drape and was in my fabric collection since a year or two.
The differences between the two: on the black one I omitted the center pleat and I made it with facings on the neckline/armholes. You can see perhaps that the shoulders are less wide and the neckline a little deepter than the blue version. That’s because the seam allowances are turned, which is not the case with the bias tape finishing. I like the lines of the black version better, even though the difference is not very large.
Because of my long torso I cut 3 cm extra on the hem just to be sure.

For the black one I traced the facings as shown in the next picture.
UPDATE: this is the back. If you …


The feedback on my Patrones top is one of the reasons I like the sewing community on the internet! Thank you for your comments and inspiring me to try the Sorbetto pattern. The Patrones top  indeed needed too much alterations and was not basic enough to give it another try. (Mici, your suggestion of a TNT pattern and changing that is very true, only I just don’t have a TNT top pattern).I had seen the Sorbetto pattern being made very often by other bloggers and reviewers, but discarded it because I just don’t like the printing, putting together of all the sheets and tracing again. So I just didn’t think of it as a possibility any more. Wrong! Today I downloaded the pattern, printed the page with the test square first (no scaling should be on in the printer settings) and when that was the correct size right away, I printed and taped the pattern together. Certainly not something I like and won’t do for a pattern that I have to pay for. Then I want a magazine sheet to trace or an envelope…

Back to sewing

Hello again, it’s been a while since I did some sewing and blogging. Haven’t been on holiday all that time (of course) but my sewing mojo was completely gone and is only just returning. Yesterday evening I was suddenly triggered to sew a muslin of a Patrones top. It turned out to be too small and I did sew a second muslin.I’m looking for a pattern for a top that I can use for woven fabrics and can be worn on its own or under a jacket. This pattern had my attention from the start.This is the line drawingThe picture from the magazine (Patrones Joven number 5). Does really show the pattern don’t you think?This is my muslin, the armhole had a little gaping which I pinned out.Side viewThe back.To me it’s clear that this is not fitting as I would like. The front would need a little fba, but I don’t like the position of the darts. The back is not very good either, my bra straps (which are always on this position) show and would need some extra space as well. All in all: not sure whether I’ll…