Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Trying different patterns and styles



Like many of us seamstresses I've made some sewing resolutions, one being to try sewing garments I would usually pass by.  I've subscribed to a couple pattern magazines.  Of course the ever popular BurdaStyle and one I am not quite as familiar with, MyImage.  I even ordered from eBay an assortment of other single issue pattern magazines including Manequim, Molde&Cia, Molde Fácil, Patrones and Ottobre.  I'm not fluent in reading Spanish but can understand about two-thirds of Patrones and will be learning the sewing vernacular pretty easily I assume.  The Portuguese magazines are freakishly confusing to read for me since the language is similar to Spanish but so different I think I might get only about 15% of it.  Overall I really like what I see in the Brazilian patterns... very wearable but more edgy then what you can easily find in commercial American patterns.  Ottobre... eh... it's so-so but I want to give it a shot.  I'm waiting for MyImage to show up.




This dress is from current issue of  BurdaStyle (2/13, #110.)  I cut a 42 and graded the hip up to add about two more inches.  I'm really on the fence with this one.  I used a barely black organic cotton jersey that I'm not too crazy about.  (Knits a butt to photograph!)  I really am into the asymmetrical neckline but the skirt area doesn't hang quite right even after a sway back alteration.  The pattern was pretty simple to sew with little guidance from the printed directions.  Burda directions are often bamboozled and poorly translated... or maybe they just suck in their original language, too.  Coincidentally this pattern is highlighted in the issue to include a "sewing lesson for beginners".   


The seams on the skirt hit the widest part of my bum and hips.  I'm thinking I may make this into a top or chop it off at the waist and replace the lower half with a self drafted skirt.  I thought I really liked it when I did this test shot while I was working on it in my dark, dank sewing area... yes, it's a hot mess in my basement, this is minutes before actually I cleaned it up!!

We will see what I do with this one.  I hate scrapping a project after finishing it, especially when I adore the top half.  I have nothing like this in my wardrobe and am glad I gave this pattern a whirl. 

6 comments:

  1. I have been looking at this pattern. It is really cute! It is hard to tell, since the fabric is dark, how it hangs. It looks good from my computer. You are right, it would make a really cute top too.

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    1. Thanks! I haven't decided if I will change it yet. We'll see.

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  2. That's so funny: I just traced a different pattern (for a knit top) from this same magazine today, and am planning on making it tomorrow if all goes well! It cracks me up that we seem to be on the same wavelength!

    I don't think this looks bad on you at all. If you're concerned about the seam at your hips, maybe a light piece of shapewear? I only say that because I wear it under all my knit and it works WONDERS!

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    1. I think we share a communal sewing brain! I absolutely know about light shapewear :) I have my spanx and spanx tights (which I have been wearing all winter ling in various colors). I took a boat load of photos and most of them were super unflattering (which I didn't post)... but also I notice the angle of the camera was highlighting and exaggerating the exact spot along my hip area I was concerned with.

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  3. GirlFriend! I do not know what you are taking about - hips! What hips? This dress is interesting and I like the first photo with the wide side of the ruffle. The back neck looks really high - I think I would fuss with it all day.

    Also - I love your second D&D dress. g

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    1. I think it's more the seam on my rear I'm concerned with and where that lays and how the fabric lays. I just didn't post those images :) I'm sure the fabric choice isn't helping. But I will make something of this yet! Not all my projects come out exactly as hoped and that's ok!

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