Burda 2/18 Shirt #120: Second Time’s the Charm

I tried making this in the early spring in a very cool polyester with one maroon side, and one peachy coral side. It was slinky and soft and fabulous and of course the shirt was a total flop. The neckband would not go on right. It twisted no matter how I attached it. And theContinue reading “Burda 2/18 Shirt #120: Second Time’s the Charm”

Quick Fix: V8946 Takes 2 and 3

So I figured out how to make the back work on Vogue 8946: Make it up in a really stretchy jersey and get rid of the back zipper. This is going to be a mostly-photos post because I don’t have much to say about these versions that I didn’t say about the first version, except:Continue reading “Quick Fix: V8946 Takes 2 and 3”

Insulin Pumps & Social Dancing: M6173 etc.

This may be of interest to three people, all of whom know the answer already, but just in case: as a T1 diabetic with an insulin pump who likes to go out dancing in dresses without pump-friendly pockets, What To Do With The Pump is a real question. Actually, What To Do With The PumpContinue reading “Insulin Pumps & Social Dancing: M6173 etc.”

Objects are less pregnant than they appear: Burda 5/17 Top #110

This was actually meant to be a test top; I wanted to make this pattern in the Mariner Cloth with the stripes going different directions. But I wanted to try first with something a bit less expensive, so this swiss dot cotton voile–again on sale from Fabricland. It’s super soft and I love it. GenerallyContinue reading “Objects are less pregnant than they appear: Burda 5/17 Top #110”

Pink Avalanche #6: A Ponte Blazer (Burda 6587)

I’d initially bought this ponte to try out a boxy, unstructured jacket pattern. But I kept running into the fact that I hate boxy, unstructured jackets, so it languished in my stash. Part of it became one of many tries at pink pants, and what was left was just enough to make up this BurdaContinue reading “Pink Avalanche #6: A Ponte Blazer (Burda 6587)”

Gloriously Disgraceful

I love books, and I love sewing, so of course I signed up for Following The Thread‘s Literary Sewing Circle challenge. You read a book, and sew something inspired by it. Fun. Yes? Also the book she chose was The New Moon’s Arms by Nalo Hopkinson, a Canadian author I’ve been meaning to read forContinue reading “Gloriously Disgraceful”

Pink Avalanche #7: Stay Put, Dammit (Burda 2/18 Top #107A)

(I did tell you this was an avalanche) This shirt pattern had so much to recommend it: the cool twist, the interesting sleeve construction, the simplicity. But in the end I can’t see wearing it much. The fabric is a lightweight rayon/spandex jersey that is super soft and drapes beautifully. I can’t comment on Burda’sContinue reading “Pink Avalanche #7: Stay Put, Dammit (Burda 2/18 Top #107A)”

“Winter” Skirt: Burda 1/18 Skirt #121

I’m not sure what about this pattern makes it particularly winter-ish, but so Burda has named it, and I won’t quibble. Regardless, in linen, the Winter Skirt is very summer-appropriate. Thanks to Dressmaking Debacles for her recent inspiration. Her version was so lovely, and seemed destined to be made up in this fabric. (It mightContinue reading ““Winter” Skirt: Burda 1/18 Skirt #121″