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Made by Me: My First Burda – PDF

I have often trowelled though the many Burda patterns online (since I have given up ever buying the mag as it is never in store)  I was never overly impressed with their Plus Size range, until a few months back when they bought out a couple of collections that were extremely wearable, that tackled my frumpy view of Burda.  I had to make one.

So I downloaded the Draped Sleeve Tunic (Plus Size) 06/2015 #130A (added a link because even after I downloaded it I found it impossible to find again)

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How Beautiful is it!  And also HOW WEARABLE for me!

As a seamstress who focuses on wear-ability of a pattern, I am getting a bit fed up of all the dresses I know I will wear only occasionally.  Something like this will fit in with my everyday, oversized, slightly smarter than the slob around clothes (but still comfy) AND i could possibly leave the house in it wardrobe.

Perfect.

I decided to make it out of the bulk buy of white Jersey I had, for two reasons; a)  I like the Idea of a wearable toille that I can try then maybe attempt in a beautiful mocha colour like the picture above and b)  even though its knit, I can always attempt to dye it as it is white.

I like having options.

Something I would like to mention before we talk about the Sew, I have heard a lot of negatives about Burda Patterns; The actual pattern themselves as apposed to the final pieces.  This is also something I considered when buying, and maybe why only now, with a bit more confidence level in sewing, that I have chosen to tackle my first Burda.

So How Did It Sew?

Date Completed:  3rd August 2017

The make itself is great, I love the Fit and style its very me… the only issue is the fabric was too thin and stretchy.  Its kind of misshapen the piece.

The sleeves are driving me mad, looking at the above Burda picture, I am thinking this is again to do with my fabric choice.  I tried to combat this by adding an elastic insert… but It failed and I just left it alone.  Another me issue I had was getting the front panel caught in my overlocker.  Honestly of all the pieces to get stuck, it had to be the front centre.  After unpicking it was dotted with holes… I combated this simply by cutting it off and setting the faux overlay further back… a complete lazy cheat tbh, I should have recut that piece.

Now, to the pattern itself…

I completely understand the issue some sewists seem to have with Burda.

I am not a sewer that needs their hand held through a pattern… truthfully, I will skim a pattern quite a bit and figure it our without referencing every single word and it still works.  Yet, I felt it was as sparse as the recipe of a Great Britsih Bake off technical challenge!  Not having pictures also was a bit of a pain in the butt.

Its not a MASSIVE issue, and i do like to challenge myself with my makes, it just seems for a big pattern company that its a bit lazy, skimping on the instructions to just one A4 page.  This is especially annoying when you compare it to the masses of Indie Patterns that their creators pour their heart and souls into really good instructions.

Despite that, I hope this blog is a slight warning to the novice sewer… save a Burda for a bit down the line maybe, and know that even if your skills are good, you will skill at some point start tearing your hair our.

Overall, I love this dress, now i have done it once I know what I am doing.  I probably wont wear the white as I look kinda like an angel in it, but look forward to keeping this on the ‘patterns that need the perfect material’ pile.

Happy Sewing Everyone

x

 

 

My Pattern: Oversized Stripe Tee

This Interesting Jersey fabric has been lurking round in my stash for a while.  As a sucker for stripes, I try to get as much variety with them as possible:  So big white gaps and large groups of thin dark lines are somewhat of a variation.

The fabric is extremely lightweight and I bought about 5 metres.  Because of this I wanted to invest at least half of the length I had available into an oversized tee/dress.

So How Did Sew?

Date completed: 30th April 2017

This is an extremely simple sew, I have made many tops like this (check out this post here)

This one I made slightly bigger and longer, this is because I wanted to start gathering and tying the fabric to create different shapes.  I had seen this done with scarves and oversized dresses, all done with just some small elastics.  In exploring Me made wardrobes, one thing I want to explore more is refashion or re wearing the same item differently.  This was just one of the more simple methods:

Note:  I have shown the gathered elastic on the outside, the intention is to wear this on the inside, hidden.  This was purely to demonstrate.

Again, this is not the last of the oversized tees, I will make MANY more as I wear them to death!  I just need ALL the colours.

Made By Me – Oversized Tee X2

I made these both in the same night, at the same time.  Both had the privilege of being made on my overlocker, ii think this was the night I finished one thing and made 3 more… it was a sewing binge!

Both fabrics were from my cheap shop, although i had to make the white version arm from a thicker Jersey as I hadn’t enough.  I hope it doesn’t notice too much, but I do like using my scraps up… it justifys keeping them.

I adore the mink/grey/mauve colour (and its about as colourful as my basics get) it makes a change from the usual black/white.grey repeat i tend to live by.

Both were exactly the same size including the sleeves.

I went for the extremely simple version of fold and attach at the seam with the sleeves.  Its super easy, quick… but also looks extremely neat when on.

Made By Me: Ralph Pink – Sahara x2

Ralph Pink are probably my favourite pattern designers. I love ALL their makes, I have a feeling that over time I will end up buying, and making, all their available patterns, and cherishing them forever. So far I have the O-hara, Sahara and Pheadra. I am also dying to get the little blazer, and then possibly further into the future, a corset?
I acquired a beautiful white crisp fabric in a fabric binge at my cheap shop i frequent. I was surprised at the quality for the cost, and glad I grabbed it.

So How Did It Sew?

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Completed: 31st August

The Sahara Shirt itself is super simple, the size of the pieces just fit together without much thinking. Even the collar and faux pocket (the most complicated technically of the whole piece) is quite do-able for even the most inexperience sewer. With a simple cuff, this is a great intro into shirts.

The instructions could be better, these were better than the Pheadra, but for an indie they could be improved. My advice: double check and go with the flow of this make ( i will write about the phedra in another post)

As you can see it is amazing on. I love this top/dress/tunic shirt. I feel that this most represents my style in a single garment. Belted, loose or open, over leggings or tucked in. buttoned to the top or showing a bit of clevage: it is so versatile and easy to wear.

So i made it in black…

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Completed: 9th October

This fabric was not as crisp as the first, but I like its more casual feel, I used my overlocker to finished the edges and straight stitched it. Unfortunately, I only had white thread at the time… its on the inside, no one will see it

I have not yet exhausted this pattern, I would really like to make a denim one, possibly with some studs or applique on it.