Burda June 2011 Preview

The  June issue of burda seems interesting.I don’t know why they only put previews at this point. Its almost mid may, and you’d think they would put images from the whole magazine for us to see, but no, they only put a couple.  Its centered of course on summer stuff, but I hope there will be some non-beachy patterns too. I am especially hopping for some casual office wear stuff, as Me Made June is just around the corner, and I don’t have enough outfits to last the month.

I did see a brown dress I liked though.

 and this pink number

 many white numbers, which should be good if you are going somewhere sunny this summer like moi

Loads of checks, which if I do decide to make, will definitely be in a different print.  I like these two, mainly because they look easy.

I also like this one, but I know I won’t be making it anytime soon because it is made from a jersey fabric, and I am still praying for an overlocker. So until  the overlocker project is successful, this will have to wait.

It will be interesting to see what the rest of the things look like. Apparently there is going to be a designer project inside this edition. So I am really looking forward to seeing that.

Have a nice week everyone.

1 hour top experiment.

Do you ever buy a pattern because it promised you would finish the item within a fixed number of hours?

I did just that a couple of weeks ago when I was on holiday up in Darlington. Most of the patterns promising amzing results within the hour or two hours are normally meant for knit fabrics and since I do not have an overlocker yet, I never buy them. My machine can sew knit fabrics, and I have actually tried sewing with scraps of jersey ( I think it was),  and it does sew well, but I don’t have the confidence yet to actually make a whole dress or top.

I am still psyching my husband for an overlocker, dropping not-so-little hints here and there, sighing with constructed frustration at just the right moments, moaning about how my bday is so far away and I actually feel like receiving a present. Its not working so far, because I still don’t have an overlocker, but I know sooner or later, the noise will get to him, and I shall be the proud owner of an overlocker. How soon is soon though, I have no clue. All I know is if I do succeed in making him buy me an overlocker, I shall nominate myself for an Oscar.

Anyways, back to the matter at hand. So, I bought New Look 6483, which promised me I would have a brand new top in 1hour. I quickly grabbed the pattern, but upon closer inspection, saw the little print, which said the said 1hour, was “sewing time” only.

Over the weekend, I cut out the top, and kept it in my project basket, waiting for a day when I will be inspired. Yesterday after work, presented the perfect occasion to make this top. I came home from work late (8pm), so I did not really have enough time to sew, but I really felt like sewing. So I took out my cut project, and set my timer.

1 hour later, I had finshed sewing the main parts of the top, but I still had to finish the seams and the hem This took an additional 1 hour. So, New Look, the 1 hour might be okay for an experienced dressmaker, but for someone like me who still has to read instructions in order to make a simple top, 1 hour is abit ambitious dontcha fink?

Good for work


I have never sewn so close to the edge before. I was very happy with myself when I did this binding.


Good for nights out with my jeans too.

 I’m really happy with this pattern. I used a metre I think. I don’t know how much fabric I had in the first place because I bought this fabric as part of a £5 bundle of remnant fabrics from one of the shops in goldhawk road last year. There were many types of fabric in that bundle, and I think majority of them were about 1 metre each. So expect to see many more of such tops, with my remanat fabrics.

 The only changes I made to the project, was using bias binding instead of self facing the neckline and the armholes. I decided to go for the bias binding because it saves time, and also because I wanted to incorporate a plain colour. I could have used yellow, but I only had red at home. So red it was.

Next time when making this top, I will try not to make it so plain, using these Boden tops for inspiration.

Ruffles down the front

Serious neck treatment

Sew in beads.

 Its a good thing the Goldhawk Road Fabric Fandango is next weekend. That way I can buy more lovely fabric for these easy tops.

Have a nice day


Blog Awards

A couple of weeks ago, I had a really pleasant surprise when I went to Kestrel’s blog, and discovered that she had nominated me for a Liebster award. I went all crazy because this was the first award I had ever received and typed a thank you note so fast, Usain Bolt would have been shocked at his lack of speed. Needless to say, I wrote rubbish, but I figure that is staying true to Oscar night tradition when winners produce the most incoherent speeches.

The idea behind this award, is to link back to the person who nominated you, and also nominate 3 smaller blogs (with less than 300 followers), to encourage them. Since Kestrel nominated me, I’ve had an increase in blog traffic from her blog, and it really makes me happy to know that people do stop by and read some of the stuff I write about. Plus it introduces new bloggers like me to other interesting blogs I would never have found, if I kept on  flocking to the usual suspects.

So I am nominating the following blogs because I like reading them:

Forrest Nicole of  Presser Foot Propaganda, who has a knack for refashioning items into amazing things.
Caroline of Rubies and Tigers, whose blog I’ve just discovered, but who makes me laugh.
Sarah of The Forty Acre Wood, who has decided not to buy any new clothes this year, but will thrift and make her own clothes.

take care everyone,



Butterick Dress

I finally finished the Butterick 5351 dress.

The zip was a major issue for me as usual. I started by basting a regular zipper, then changed my mind, and used an invisible zipper. The result was quite unsatisfactory, as for no apparent reason, one side became shorter than the other. So I took that one out, and reinserted the regular zip. I am just so happy its finally done. Somehow I have to get over my fear of zips.

It was a really bright day today so I took this opportunity to drag my husband cum photographer out for a photo shoot. Unfortunately the sun was in my eyes, so my face looks very technical in the photos.

The sun was killing my eyes at this point, and of course the mister just had to take the picture at this time. I like the pic though.

To make View A (the one with the flower print), I bought 2 metres of  material from Goldhawk Road (as usual) for 5pounds  a metre. I also prewashed it, as it is cotton stretch, and I did not want it to shrink to unimaginable proportions after I’d spent hours making it.

The pattern instructions were easy enough to follow. My main issue with them was the fact that they rarely tell you when to finish the seams, so you would sew and sew, and not know when to overlock the seams. I’ve been making notes though, so next time I will know when to finish off a seam, so that the end product looks more like a daisy field, as opposed to a bomb ridden rice field, with unfinished seams all over the place.

I also find the hem shorter than I would have liked, so next time I will lengthen the hem. All in all, I think it came out ok. What I need to do now is probably practice zipper insertions more, so I don’t spend hours trying to put a simple zip.

Have a good week everyone.



Green Simplicity Dress

Did you  see Kate’s Dress? No?. Hmmphh….then you are probably the last person on earth not to have seen it. I loved the top part of her dress. You can see it here at the Royal wedding website, which also gives the low down on the construction of the dress, and pictures of the day.

I was not really excited about the royal wedding though I was more than grateful for the extra bank holiday. So I had not planned to wake up at 6am ( when the BBC started coverage) to watch the proceedings. But I had been interested in seeing her dress, and I knew I was not alone in this, as I am sure everyone and their cats grandparents was also interested in THE dress. I spent Friday night working on Butterick B5351, and went to bed at about 4am, with just the zipper left to do. When I woke up in the morning and turned on the TV, the first thing I saw was the royal wedding church service, and caught a glimpse of Kate’s dress. To say my eyes turned green with envy, would be a MAJOR understatement…lol….on the one hand, I was in love with the dress, on the other hand, I kept wishing I was in possession of such an exquisite dress, or in the absence of that, an imitation. But I think I would have to rob more than a few banks to be able to afford it.

Inspired by envy, I decided to express my mood through my favourite medium. Yep!! you guessed right. Sewing. I checked through my fabric stash and pulled out a green dress.So, considering the fact that I still had to finish my butterick dress , I needed to sew something simple, which could be finished in a few hours. Cue in Simplicity 9827.

This was such an easy pattern to sew. And who ever knew envy could inspire you, up to the point where you make very few sewing mistakes? . I was even so inspired, I decided not to use the facing provided by the pattern, but used a lace trim for the neck and the sleeve bands ( If Kate can have lace, I can too). This dress does not have closures, so there was no time spent mulling over how best to insert a zipper, or which buttons to use. It was just a breeze really. Hopefully it looks nice to you guys.

oh…a stray ribbon fold there. Will adjust that.
I decided to add a bow made from the ribbon trim.

I like using trims because they give you a unique finish, and you can go crazy with the various ways you can use them.  They are also a fast way to finish your projects without the hassles of understitching facings, or folding and slip-stitching hems.  If there’s one thing I think I will be investing in on my sewing projects, is trim.
This dress hopefully gives you all an idea on my state of mind on friday.  I was green with envy, and at the same time loving the lace overlay on Kate’s dress.
Right, I need to get cracking on the zip of my Butterick dress. Gosh I hate zips!!!
Enjoy the lovely weather people!