The Wool Jacket is back!

Remember how my wool jacket had no lining in Brazil? Well, I finally chose one! I did some research because I didn’t want the slippery traditional lining when dealing with the L darts and whatnot. According to Vogue Sewing, cotton is also anti-static. I found this cute cream quilting cotton with a pretty pastel grey…

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US Burda Style: A Review

The first issue of the US Burda Style hit newstands awhile ago, but I finally went into the large bookstore today and flipped through the issue. It has some good qualities, but I was mostly disappointed. The issue contains the usual pattern sheets with patterns, but the pattern selection is rather odd. They have patterns from…

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Ouch, I think I strained a muscle!

So remember that list with 10 items for my work wardrobe? I finished 8! The white Burda blouse ended as a wadder/UFO due to weird directions and delicate fabric and my Deer and Doe Bluet needs buttons and buttonholes (BTW LOVE! I just had to let out the waist a bit and tweak the bust,…

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A Tale of Two Stitches

Even though I’ve been researching for my Silhouette Project, I’ve been sewing my Wool Jacket. I have new calluses on my fingers from all the hand stitching! Now this is the first project where I’ve used catchstitiching, and it is so effective!  As you can see here, my side seam stands up even after pressing…

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My Burda Story

As I mentioned briefly, I am participating in the Burda Sew-a-Long with other ladies in the Southern Hemisphere courtesy of TheCuriousKiwi. Here is my “Burda Story.” How did you discover Burda Magazine? The internet and Blogosphere way back in 2008. What have you made from Burda Magazine? This is my first and only Burda project…

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Holy Cow Batman, those are some darts!

Also known as the front bust shaping darts in my wool jacket muslin. They took 6 steps to finish! Crazy. Here’s how they started. Burda’s directions left me scratching my head, so I had to muddle through hands on. I took pictures of the second one just to show you. Luckily all my mistakes in…

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Wool Jacket Muslin Part 1

For my jacket posts, I’m going to include my process along with tips from my jacket class last summer. As seen in my previous post, I am clearly not an expert. I am hoping for feedback, shared experiences, tips and tricks, and questions/comments. These are for me to learn and share, so feel free to…

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Fitting and pattern adjustment for my Jacket with a SNAFU

This jacket is Burda 11/2011 Plaid Wool Jacket #115, and I don’t even like the magazine photo. See? The styling is really sloppy. But when I looked at the online photo, it was LOVE! Its a basic single breasted trench with BIG pockets but my favorite part is the curved hem detail. I never would…

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