Oh Deer Me!

One of the best parts of blogging for me has been seeing sewing make a major comeback. I’ve also loved the Sewing Web Community that has grown with it. Seeing how the relationship between consumer/fashionista/seamstress and the independent sewing companies has transformed the way we talk about and shop for our materials and patterns. Personally,…

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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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The A-Line Skirt-My First Silhouette Project Piece

The A-line Skirt, a universal basic for every woman, is something I can’t remember ever making. When I was watching The Great British Sewing Bee, I realized this. I have always gravitated towards dresses and tops. Therefore it became the first style on my Silhouette Project List. I whipped one up in a lovely quilter’s…

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Well that’s a little awful…

Here is my first wearable muslin for my party dress, using Burda Mag’s 08-2012-110 sequin dress pattern. The best part? My husband loves this top! Yes, I confess. This is a polyester stretch satin I bought in Taquara. I am sure many of my problems stem from that. I was inspired by the 13/14 Fall/Winter…

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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 Wool Jacket Muslin with the finishing touches

I have finally finished my jacket muslin (Burda 11-2011-15)! My husband’s boss asked him to work on a vacation house, so this was the only project I packed so I could focus! We were there for two weeks, and I spent all my sewing time working on it. I nailed the shoulders, but had to…

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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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My first Lace AND my first Couture project is finished!

Remember way back in February the Muslin with the side zip that wouldn’t pose? The result is all finished! What a relief! I wanted to finish it up before our trip but I set it aside to clean the house since my Mother-in-Law was threatening to come back to Rio in our car. All I…

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