Thursday, September 24, 2009

Burda World Of Fashion

Burda 11/2008 103b:

Complexity Of Pattern: This had a two dot ratting in the Burda magazine. (easy to sew but more time consuming)

Fabric Used I used a ITY jersey knit that I got at It has a nice feel to it and was easy to work with.

How Long Did It Take: It was quick to make, no zippers or buttons and using my serger makes it a lot faster to whip up.

Changes To Pattern: I did not need to make any changes to this pattern. I traced a 38 and it fitted great due to the stretch in the fabric. I think with a fabric with out stretch I would need to trace a 40 for Burda.

Overall Review I love my new top. Again burda was a great fit on me. No adjustments needed on this pattern. Overall the instructions made sense, nothing to confusing There is not to many pattern pieces in this pattern so it's easy to see how it should all go together. I put some tape on the neck line to stop it from stretching out when I sewed it. ( I cannot remembered what this tape is called). I also decided to sew the sleeves in flat which I find to be a lot easier. I may make another one.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


I have been trying to put a little more balance back into my life. I can become a bit to focused on one thing, like my sewing. I will get into just wanting to sew or plan what I want to sew or shop for fabric for sewing. You get the point! So this past couple of weeks I have been making myself work on other stuff that I need to get done.

I began with working on painting some furniture a friend of mine give to me. It's a bedroom set that had some dark stain on it so I thought I would paint it a brighter colour. The colour I choose is called cottage white. I'm really liking how it is looking so far.

Finally, a few years ago I thought I would try quitting so I got some fabric made up some quilt squares and that's as far as I got. So I'm looking at this furniture and thinking about that quilt I never finished and how nice it would look with the furniture. I got it out, bought some more fabric that I needed and I intend to finish it. I also got my run in today and cut out a few patterns -Simplicity It's so easy 4823, simplicity 2564 top and skirt, simplicity 2700 pants three pairs and Burda 8497 blouse. So it's been a productive day.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Burda Does It Again

Can I just say that I love Burda patterns. The patterns seem to be so well drafted, all the pieces fit together so nicely. So far I have found the fit to be great on me. When ever I sew a knit top with one of the big 4 pattern companies it always seems to gape at the back neck line. I'm new to sewing and so not always exactly sure of the alteration to make. I have found with Burda I do not seem to have this problem. I have a subscription to the Burda World Of Fashion magazine and I love all the patterns each month, but as I said I'm new to sewing and so not always sure I can follow the directions in the magazine. So I thought I would try one of their envelope patterns because it would be much easier to follow the instructions.

Pattern Description:
Burda 7828

Close fitting dress, shirt. Burda calls it a shirt I would call it a top.

Pattern Sizing: 34-44 I sewed the size 38 which is the same as a size twelve.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes except I sewed the wrap over into the lower front seam.

Were the instructions easy to follow? They were very easy to follow. Burda,s paper patterns come with pictures and clear instructions. They are not at all like the Burda World Of Fashion magazine instructions which can be a little vague to say the least.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love this pattern. Burda does it again with a great fitting top right out of the envelope. It was quick and easy sewing with the help of my serger.

Fabric Used: ITY knit from

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: No Alterations needed on this Pattern. The only design change I make was to sew the wrap over part of the top into the seam where the bodice and the lower front are sewn together. (hope that made sense)

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? This is the second time I have made this pattern. I'm also sewing the dress version so yes I would definitely recommend it to others.

Conclusion: Great pattern. Quick and easy to make with nice results.

Monday, September 7, 2009

New Top

New Look :6895

Fabric: Sheer poly

Pattern sizing: size A 8-18

Where The instructions easy to follow: The instructions where really easy to follow nothing at all confusing.

Pattern Alterations: This was make straight out of the envelope no alterations. The only change I made was to sew veiw C with the sleeves from veiw D

Conclusion: I love this top it's quick to make and it's great for sheer fabrics. I would recommend it. Great easy pattern . The pants are vogue 1051 made in a demin fabric.