Tuesday, August 30, 2011


I spent yesterday evening watching re-runs of Criminal Minds and tracing patterns from the September Burda Style. Yes, I traced the dress:
I also traced this blouse:

It's very simple, with cut on sleeves and only four pattern pieces. But it has sleek lines and the pleats at the neckline are very interesting.

My next couple of projects will be muslins for these two projects. Cross your fingers for me!

If the blouse turns out, I might even try the dress version:

I really like the look of this. I'm not sure, though, that it will work for my body type. This might be a dress for the tall, willowy types out there.

And believe it or not, this dress also intrigues me:

Once again, I'm not sure this is right for my body type, but I'd be willing to make a muslin and just see. I really think if this was made up in the right fabric and accessorized with just the right shoes and jewelry, this could be a great look... for someone. Me? We'll have to wait and see.

You know, this is really turning out to be a great isue for me. There are even a few more things I'd like to make. Of course, I'll probably never get to them all. I never do! By the time I get the dress and the blouse done, there will be a new issue in the mailbox and I'll be distracted.

How about you? Are there any must make patterns in this issue?


Mary Nanna said...

Well of course Burda is shipped here so that particular issue won't arrive for another month or two - I looked at it on line, and apart from that interesting dress you were unsure about I thought, "na, nothing for me in this issue."

I cannot tell you how often that happens and then suddenly, the clothes come into fashion here, I see them everywhere, "the eye adjusts" as the saying goes and suddenly I want to make lots of stuff.

Every time it happens it surprises me, but it happens A LOT so it surprises me that it still surprises me.

AllisonC said...

Isn't it funny, I hated this issue when it came out (I think I was blinded by all the folklore and crafts I barely looked at anything else), but loved August's issue which seems to be the opposite of everyone else! But I often change my mind when I see things made up so will be looking out for the results of your trace-palooza.

Karin said...

I like both dresses too. I don't think either would suit me though. I will just have to live vicariously through you :-) Can't wait to see the muslins.

sewing spots said...

I really can't wait to see and hear the results of your dress muslin. I hope it goes well as it's a very pretty look.

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Audrey said...

You go girl! I am eagerly watching your progress on these patterns because these are all favorites of mine too. I have a fabric picked out for the first dress. Burda suggests a crepe which has no stretch. That surprised me because the RM dresses, that appear to be the inspiration for this one, are made out of a stretch fabric. The blouse is on my list because I like that kind of neckline and I could still wear sleeveless in the continuing warm weather. The dress version is too shapeless for me. I liked the sleeves of the 2nd dress and thought about making the blouse version. Have you read the instructions on the sleeves? The ends, which are curved, are sewed shut. The wrist comes out in the seam above the curved end. I have a RTW blouse with this type of sleeve. It is very unusual. I think there was also a jacket pattern, shown made in felted wool with raw edges, that I also liked. I was really pleased with this issue of Burda.