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A sewing weekend

I’ve spent this weekend together with my friends Valerie and Sheila from Brussels. A great sewing weekend with of course a lot of chatting about sewing as well. I only just returned this evening. I took a few things without knowing exactly what I fancied to do. And I took a piece of fabric to ask Valerie and Sheila advice on a pattern. I bought this fabric in January 2008 and published it on my blog. The colors are more subtle in real life. Never got round to sewing it then and so it remained in my closet for a long time.

On Saturday morning I went to the supermarket to buy some food and found the new March (!) Burda.  In it exactly a pattern I liked for the fabric.

ETA info to answer Debbie's comment: it's in the European sizes 34-42. I'm making the 42 with only a small adjustment in the length. And if you're buying the issue for this pattern be aware that it is a more fitted jacket, the sleeves are narrow. I'll add this to the review I'll do, but not ready for reviewing yet.
Screenshots from the Burda site here
So this is the pattern I traced yesterday and worked on  today. Of course I didn’t have a zipper with me, as I never planned on this, but I got a lot done. It’s ready for the zipper and the facing/lining. Both the zipper and lining are not in my fabric collection, so a trip to a notions store is necessary.
It’s been a very long time I took up a Burda and sewed something from it right away. I did buy the February issue as well, which has some interesting things in it. In this issue there are a few other patterns I like. Not that many, but enough to be more enthousiastic about Burda than I’ve been in a very long time.


  1. Good Grief! That was speedy!!!!!
    I have to say that the picture of your fabric does it much less than justice. In real life it is gorgeous - subtle, but gorgeous. I had a great, sewing weekend. Thank you!!!!!

  2. I also have to mention that, as before, I learned so much, drank too much wine, and had an illegal (surely) amount of fun and satisfaction!! Who else can understand us than other sewers!!???!!
    PS I'm wearing my Indygo Junction PJ top.

  3. Oh, that Burda pattern is wonderful!! Can't wait to see yours. What is the size range? I might have to actually buy the magazine, I haven't bought a Burda in almost 3 years!

  4. That was quick! It's a great jacket. I like this kind of more casual non tailored jacket.

  5. I like this pattern too, but I am a less skilled sewer, so I am interested to see how you make it. Maybe it will help me to be successful!

  6. Ooh I really love the lines of that jacket! I hope they release it as a downloadable pattern as I don't have a subscription and can't seem to find anywhere that sells single issues in my city. I'm looking forward to seeing the outcome of this fabric/pattern marriage!

  7. This was one of the patterns I liked in the March issue. I am looking forward to seeing your version of it in the lovely fabric you have chosen.

  8. Oh I haven't seen the March issue of Burda I will have to try and find a copy. I love the jacket, I have a similar pattern in my stash, but the collar is different.

    Look forward to seeing the finished article.

  9. That jacket in the blue silk caught my eye! I love that fabric, and yours too. I look forward to seeing yours and others from the sewing community.
    Yes, this Burda had more interesting pieces.

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  11. The jacket was one of my picks from this issue--looking forward to seeing yours!

  12. Fantastic! I prefer the blue one even more!

  13. This is a really beautiful pattern and will make a lovely spring jacket. I've really been enjoying the Burdas the past few months.

  14. I just got my issue of Burda in the mail yesterday, and this jacket caught my eye for my daughter. I like your fabric choice, and look forward to seeing the finished jacket!


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