Friday, April 22, 2011

Burda Love - 9/2007 #102

I love myself some Karen right now. A couple of months ago she gave me this fabric along with a couple other pieces.
When I saw it, it immediately reminded me of Spring and I knew I wanted to make an a-line skirt with pleats in it. I also knew it would not be living in my stash too long because I was in love with the print on the fabric. Very retro, 70’s I think and I LOVE IT!!!! Anyway, I flipped through my Burda patterns and tried to figure out what pattern would work as I only had a certain amount of fabric to work with. I settled on BWOF 9/2007 #102 .
When I started making this skirt, I didn’t realize how much I would love it.

It was my first time sewing pleats, and they turned out really good I think, but you can let me know.

When I wore my skirt to work, I got so many compliments. I’ve started to learn not to say anything like, “oh I made it”.

One of my co-workers actually went there though and said, “you didn’t make that did you”, I of course beamed and said yes. She in turn gave me major kudos and told me how nice it was. I can tell you now that I will be making this skirt again, but possibly in a solid color.

I’m not sure yet. Oh and I did break down, I know I said I wouldn’t buy any clothes until after May but Jones of New York was having a sale and the button down shirts were $14.99 to $19.00. I couldn’t pass that up and I needed a couple of things to get me started for Spring so, I broke down. The white tuxedo blouse I’m wearing with my skirt in these pictures is one of the blouses I purchased. I am happy to admit, I didn’t go overboard, I only purchased 3 tops. I don’t think that’s too bad and I’m not going to chastise myself for it. It’s so not worth it. Now as for fabric buying well, I tried and I did pretty good for about two months until I ran out of knit fabric to sew tops. It was down hill from there. I’m finding that if I stay out of the fabric stores, I’m fine, and if I go to Joanns, I make sure it’s on a day when it’s all about the pattern sales. That’s been holding me of late. Plus I’ve been doing a little organizing in the sewing room. It’s a real eye opener when you find out you have a fabric store in your house. I’ve been having some fun getting re-acquainted with some old friends I forgot I had.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Up next, Burda 7866.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Spring is definitely here!!!!!

I can see it. April showers bring May flowers. I don’t know about you, but we have been having plenty of rain lately. Friday was our first break of sunshine in a couple of days, and last week we had a day that hit over 70. Since Faye was having the 15 day Over the Top sew-a-long, and yes, I’m apart of it, I figured I’d better get moving. Last Friday night(that's right a week ago this past Friday) I worked on 2 tops. One isn’t that Springish, but hey, I already had it cut out and I can wear it right now with the weather the way it is, so I worked on it. In fact, I wore it to work this past Thursday. Here is my final cowl for Kwik Sew 3740 .

The fabric is from Joanns, which I purchased back in the Fall before I put myself on a fabric diet. I’m also thinking about using this pattern to make a couple of t-shirts. I really like the cut. I also worked on Simplicity 2283, a mix of views A & D. A few people have done this pattern on PR. If you haven’t checked this blouse out yet, please do. It’s a little time consuming with all the pleats you have to sew in, but the reward and outcome of the blouse is awesome. The fabric I used on this one is remnant that I picked up at Jomars. It’s from Marc Jacobs. Yes I broke my diet for this one. When I saw it, I had to have it. It also didn’t help that it feels like butter. I didn't accomplish everything I wanted to yet and now Faye's doing a Bottom's up sew- a- long for the rest of the month. I figure, I can still get a few tops done and work on some pants as well.

On a totally different note, I want to thank all of you for the comments you left me in my last post. I really appreciate all of you and enjoy going to your blogs. Rachel, Myra and Monique, the shoes are Aldo from last Spring. Carolyn, even though it may seem I don't listen, I do.

Tricia(aka Ms. Clio), Thank you, thank you, thank you. I received the pattern(Kwik Sew 2935) in the mail along with the beautiful charm. I can't wait to work it up for Mr. D. In fact I think we've may have a problem. He asked me the other day even though I already have fabric picked out, if he could go in search of fabric on his own for this pattern as well, and he's asking about jeans, go figure. I barely have time to sew for myself. Oh well, my hands are going to be busy.


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