To think that once upon a time, I thought I didn’t like yellow (Burda 8/18 Jacket #111)

I saw this brilliant yellow scuba-weight stretch faux suede in FabricLand, and petted it a lot and left it there. And then I saw this fantastic fun jacket in the August 2018 Burda issue. And then I determined that they were meant for each other, waited for the members sale, and bought enough of theContinue reading “To think that once upon a time, I thought I didn’t like yellow (Burda 8/18 Jacket #111)”

We were bound to get to fall sewing eventually: Burda 2/17 Coat #103

After the summer sewing orgy and my decision to try limiting myself to two new garments for me each month, I thought I’d start with something nice and complicated and time-consuming … like a trench coat. This pattern from Burda was nicely tailored and classic, and my favourite local fabric store was selling some beautifulContinue reading “We were bound to get to fall sewing eventually: Burda 2/17 Coat #103”

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”

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”

Fruity: Burda 6468

One of the advantages of always buying fabrics in super bright colours and prints is that eventually, they start matching each other. Case in point: I bought this fabric at Needlework as an impulse purchase because a beefy cotton jersey in super bright fruit prints was irresistible,¬†and when I got it home I discovered IContinue reading “Fruity: Burda 6468”

An actually work-appropriate skirt: Burda 07/2017 Skirt #113

I loved this skirt when I saw it in Burda: But of course I couldn’t make it black and white. Friends would probably worry about my health if they saw me in clothes without colour. So instead:   Where the white was replaced with a large-scale multi-colour floral on a black background. Both are cottonContinue reading “An actually work-appropriate skirt: Burda 07/2017 Skirt #113”

First Fig, plus: Burda 2/2016 Dress 112B

Edna St Vincent Millay is one of my favourite poets. Besides packing stadiums for poetry readings during the Depression–besides writing whip-cracking cynical gems alongside her better known odes to springtime and nature–she also broke every convention for women in her day, and thrived for it, including a lifelong open marriage. One can’t say her workContinue reading “First Fig, plus: Burda 2/2016 Dress 112B”

Burda 04/2016 Dress #122: Sheath Dress? and something stuck to the bottom of my shoe

The website says this is meant for jerseys and knits; the magazines says “dress fabrics with or without elastane,” which I take to mean wovens. As I went shopping for fabrics with my phone and not the magazine, I bought a poly jersey, and only figured out that might not have been what they hadContinue reading “Burda 04/2016 Dress #122: Sheath Dress? and something stuck to the bottom of my shoe”