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Burdastyle 11/17 and 2/18 #108: From Autumn to Spring (#burdachallenge2018)

This skirt should really have been made in the autumn – but then somehow I got distracted and only finished it a couple of weeks ago. Of course it’ll hopefully be far too warm to wear a brushed wool skirt but hey, such is the nature of a-cyclical sewing.

The skirt is from Burdastyle 11/17, my all-time favourite issue! I made/plan to make so many things from this! The skirt has five front panels which are accentuated by topstitching. I did it by hand using knitting yarn, but of course in a finer fabric machine top-stitching will be just as effective.

The back is just a very simple midi A-line skirt, so inspite of the many panels it’s easy to make.

Take another look at the top, which is #108 from the February edition. Another simple make, with cut-on sleeves – or so I thought. In fact, the neck-line treatment nearly drove me nuts.

And I’m afraid you can tell, I simply lost patience and ended up with a very much less than perfect neckline. Basically, you have to gather a strip of fabric onto the rounded neckline pattern part. It sounds simple, but proved very fiddly in slippery viscose on slippery viscose. So now gathering on the strip isn’t quite centered and the neckband doesn’t lie quite flat. It’s not even one of those “nobody else would notice” kinds of mistake, it’s properly conspicuous. But then, I like the rest of the top, so I’m prepared to overlook the imperfections.

I quite like it tucked in too, and I’m planning another one soon. I originally swore that I’d never repeat this neckline treatment, but with the new fabric I have in mind it’ll look perfect, so I’ll have to practice again.

The back is a little lower than the front, which is quite a nice detail, I think. Overall, a simple but effective top which is fluid without being massively oversized. Oh, I sized down one to a size 38, which is my go-to size adjustment for all loose Burdastyle patterns (unless it’s a loose knit, which I’ll size down to whatever is the smallest size available).

Yesterday saw me wearing spring clothes for the first time this year and although today it’s rainy again today I hope that spring is now a more permanent guest.

How about you: are you ready for the change of season?


Burdastyle 8/2016 #126: A Good Bye to Summer

Summer has been late around my parts, but it’s still continuing well into September. That’s why I’ve found the motivation to muslin camisole tops – I’ve some really nice silks waiting to be made into replacements for the rather ratty contents of my lingerie drawer and I really want to get this right, hence the muslin.

This is exhibit nr 1:


It’s Burdastyle 8/2016 # 126. I dug deep into my stash to find this yellow poly-something. I’d thought I’d never make something wearable out of it, both because of the colour and the sweatiness of the fabric – but in fact I now love my new top! It’s breezy enough not to stifle me and the colour goes a lot better with my (new) darker hair than with the previous lighter blonde. And the whole top is just frothy fun, imho.


The ruffle goes round all the way, but I could well image having it only at the front and catching it in the side seam, that would make it easier to layer for autumn.


And guess what: I can bend forward wearing this top! I just thought you need photographic evidence to believe something as incredible as that.

But there is something ENTIRELY incredible, and in fact shocking about this: The skirt, an RTW skirt that called me from its sale rack, has the most shocking lack of pattern matching! I didn’t realise when I bought it, because it was calling quite so loudly – but honestly, look at this:


We wouldn’t let have ourselves get away with this, would we?! Just goes to show that RTW (even nice RTW as this, the skirt wasn’t cheap at its original price!) isn’t all that perfect.

Burdastyle 4/2015 #113a and #103: So I Made Culottes!!!

Well, I’m still a bit speechless – not something that might usually be said about me, I assure you. It’s just: I only just made culottes!
What does that make me: really cool and trendy or an embarrassing fashion victim? Are culottes the item of clothing the modern woman has been waiting for or the rebirth of the worst looking trend EVER?

Judge for yourself:


I’ve been wearing this outfit all day and honestly: I still don’t know whether this is yeah or nay…

I used one of a glut of culottes patterns from recent editions of Burdastyle. This is 4/2015 #113.


I made a muslin in the suggested fabric with a crisper hand – with such ridiculous results than I have banned the pictures from my memory forever. For the make that made it out of the sewing room I used a really light rayon, the kind of stuff you’d use for blouses. I figured it had spent a while in the stash so I might try and think out of the box to make something unexpected with it.


While I know practically nothing about fashion, I do know that culottes only leave the realm of the ridiculous when worn with heels. So I hemmed these to just hit the top of my boots. It is what Burdastyle intended as well – I cut a size 42 as usual and make no changes to the pattern at all other than using a curved waistband rathern than a straight one. Again, this is what I always do, as far as the fit is concerned I cannot fault this pattern.


I have to say that culottes are the most comfortable thing ever. Breezy while offering full coverage of any important bits, no thigh chafing issues even in hot weather and when worn with boots even suitable for days with less than examplary leg shaving routines. What’s not to like!

The top, which I might well write a full blog post for at some point, because I already made two and have plans for more, is also from the April edition of Burdastyle, #103.


Given that I have complained about how I haven’t been much impressed with Burdastyle recently I maybe should reconsider: this is my third make from this edition, next to the culottes and the Amalfi dress (still unworn, by the way, the weather just isn’t on my side).

The top is my version of cropped boxy – I don’t really follow fashion trends, but this trend, high-waisted bottom and cropped boxy top did filter through to me and I fell head over heels in love with it. I’ve always found the full mid-rif-baring look a bit desperate, even on the young and fit, but the sliver of tummy skin look is very sexy, I think. It’s just that I’ a bit too self-conscious to show a sliver of my tummy, three pregnancies and northern European pasty white and all. (Just to assuage everyone who thinks such body hangups are the work of the devil and we should all love the skin we are in: I will happily let it all hang out in the open and wear a bikini, because then the spare tyre is in context, as it were. But JUST showing the spare tyre is a bit much…).

Anyways, so I made this top, which hits the bottom of the waistband and therefore doesn’t show any tummy at all. So at best it alludes to the look I like – but then I only allude to fashion at best, and so all is well ;-).

So readers, is it yah or nay for the culottes look?

She loves them…


She loves them not…


What do you think?

Burdastyle 3/2014 #117 and Rosa Jacket: Spring Time White

Spring has sprung rather suddenly here, which – after a warm winter – shouldn’t be a surprise, but it still is exciting every year to see how quickly the weather can turn. So I was the happier that my efficiency pre-cutting programme has yielded a spring time skirt right in the nick of time.


I used Burdastyle 3/2014 #117, in principle a basic pencil skirt, but with  front pleats and a fly front.

I was attracted to the pattern because of the extra tummy room behind the pleats – while I adore the look of a pencil skirt I find their tightness a bit restricting and this one offers a bit more room. The pattern specifies a straight waistband, but I swapped it out for a curved three-piece one (off my TNT skinny jeans pattern, that seem to work best in most projects)


I used my usual size 42 for bottoms but found this rather big. I took in a lot more than what going down to a size 40 would have resulted in, probably around 8cm allround at the top and a lot more tapering towards the knees. I was suprised by having to take it in so much, but then my fabric has a to of strech and the pattern may have been for a  non-stretch (I didn’t consult the instructions so I can’t be sure). Your eagle eye will have spotted that I omitted a walking vent – so the skirt had to go back right to the sewing table when one of the seams burst on first wear. Lesson learned, I hope.


Bacause the fabric is quite light I underlined it with stretch lining.

The jacket is the Burda Vintage Rosa which has been completed for a while but not worn yet.


Special effects photography on the bottom left 🙂





The jackets has been finished for a little while and I wore it a few times already. It seem to have found a its niche in my wardrobe. I tend to wear it unbuttoned. IMG_0781


It closes with three poppers. If you are thinking of making this up and you normally do an FBA then it might be worse doing it larger than norma. As you can see, it pulls little buttoned up even on me – and I don’t even you you spell FBA!




I’m never sure whether “fun” linings aren’t in poor taste, but a fun lining it is. It’s got palm trees on it and lighthouses and all!


So spring: I dare you to wear all white all day!IMG_0778

Burdastyle 9/2007 #116 : “Because I’m Happy”-Skirt

If you’re telling me this is ridiculous, I would readily agree. It IS ridiculous to wear a skirt has has bambis jumping out of your crotch and pink roses adorning the unspeakable place where the sun don’t shine. And even more ridiculous to have a strapping young lad with a silly hat sniffing those said roses!



But still: wearing this just makes me so happy, inspite of all the hilarity! It is basically a metre of fabric happiness, all pattern-“matched” into a “I don’t care” skirt that is more than a little nod to Oona, the muse of all dangerous pattern placement.

I made up the pattern a few times before (but never blogged it) and what can I say, it’s one of my favourite skirt patterns. I like a pencil skirt as much as the next woman, but always find them difficult to fit across those hips. This has the pegged in look but a lot more wriggle room for the booty.


I should have included a walking vent, but only realised when it was too late. Well, no running away in this skirt, I’m going to have to look all those people who point at me in the eye.



By the way: in case you’re wondering what’s happening with that hair and why I don’t give a hairdresser the job they so clearly deserve – I’m trying to let it grow a little. But because I have had short or very short hair for basically 30 years I’m in some slight confusion as to what length I actually want to grow it to. So at the moment I’m going with straight out of bed hair and call it a look. Because that totally makes it a look, right! Right????….

IMG_0723So there: tummy in, chest out and bottom-roses at the ready… 🙂

The First Skirt of the Year!

I spent the end of 2014 in Berlin and naturally I did a bit of fabric shopping. I have to emphasize the “bit” bit – I was with my family and they don’t tolerate and real in depth fabric purchasing research. So in the end of the day I shopped in one of the large department stores – in fact I probobly could have got the same fabrics in my local branch but still: in my mind these fabrics will forever be associated with my Berlin trip for me.

The first fabric was one metre of heavy wool coating – but I knew from the start I wanted to make a skirt out of this. The colour, “dark forest” probably comes closest to describing it, is one of my very favourite colours.

IMG_0592I dug out an older Burdastyle A-line skirt pattern (can’t remember which one, as only the traced pattern remains) and only added the tabs to the pockets.

IMG_0598I need to have pocketses, don’t I ?!

IMG_0596The back just has two darts and an invisible zip (which unfortunately ended up not to be quite invisible where the waistband meets the skirt. Should have chosen a lapped zip in this thick fabric. Live and learn, ey?

The blouse is my first ever make of a Ottobre magazine, Ottobre Woman 5/14. I might even get around to blogging it one day, given that I made the pattern twice already.


IMG_0595This was completed at the beginning of January, right after the Russian General Coat and what you see here is pretty much the only snow we had this winter. Just to illustrate the crazyness of winter 2014/15, feast your eyes on this picture (and a preview of my latest trousers) taken a few days later:

IMG_0611Well, weather!! How has your winter been? Or are in in the midth of summer, waiting desperately for a breath of fresh air?

Ode to Autumn

The weather has been so glorious around my parts that I almost feel the urge to wax lyrical. Well, almost, I think I’m going to save myself – and you – for another year and express my ode to autumn in the form of a three-for-the-price-of-one garment post.

IMG_0239So here we go: a Moss not-mini skirt, a hand-knit sweater and a stash-depletion-project coat, Burda Easy Autumn/Winter 2014 #1c.

IMG_0244This is Moss skirt no 4 in my wardrobe, no 1 is blogged here, the others only exist in real life. Nothing more needs to be said about this pattern – I love it! I have two long variations and two mini ones and all of them get worn regularly. It just dresses up or down so easily and the pattern works perfectly every time.

The sweater is probably my oldest UFO to date. I made it up in spring 2012 and lost all will to live before setting in the sleeves. IMG_0243But the other day I decided that enough is enough with my slovenly ways and I managed to complete the sweater. I’m sure I’ll wear it at least – hmmm – once before it gets too cold for it… Well, it’s all in the timing, ey?

IMG_0237The coat is a happy stash accident. I had this rather scratchy felted knit in my stash that I never knew what to do with (sales online purchase, the story of my life…). Then I decided that I might as well make it into a light autumn coat and then suddenly everything came together.

IMG_0246I found some leather and unneeded metal zips in my stash that now make up the pockets. And some leftover wax print for the seam bindings helped to avoid bulk around the seams.

The only thing I had to buy for this coat were the oversized snaps. I had worried about handsewing them on, but it turned out to be a piece of cake and from now on in I think I’m going to snap absolutely everything.

Because the fabric is really quite scratchy, I decided to cut the back facing in leather, because there’s nothing worse than a scratchy neck, don’t you think?


IMG_0245So there’s an artistic picture of the coat

and there a less artistic picture of me inside the coat:


IMG_0241I love this edition of Burda Easy by the way. It only has 4 patterns, but they come with lots of variations and I think to date I have made 7 garments from those patterns. That works out at a pattern cost of less than 1€ per garment – what’s not to like?

All in all this coat was completely unexpected and really I did not think I was going to make a coat until I actually sat down to make it. But as sometimes happens I have worn this loads in the last few weeks. It fills exactly the gap where a full on coat is still too warm but where I want a little more than just a jacket. AND getting this out of my stash has given me permission to do lots of new fabric shopping. Online, of course, because I just don’t learn 😉 .

So, how is your autumn going?