Friday, 13 December 2013

Happy Christmas, Friends!






Happy Christmas to you all - you have brightened my life throughout 2013!



Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Colour Analysis with House of Colour - A Brief Review, One Year On

Confession: it's taken me almost a year to write this post. But I am going to mitigate that by saying that the time lapse has given me a chance to fully digest my experience in order to share it with you. (That's a great excuse to remember for the future!)

Some of you might remember a big craze for finding out your 'season' back in the '80's. As teenagers, my friends and I wasted spent many a fruitless hour trying to decipher 'our' seasons. I even bought this 'Colour Me Beautiful' book, and decided that with my pale skin and dark hair I was most likely a Winter.


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The book I was devoted to as a teen

That's probably why, when a neighbour had her colours 'done' last year, it stirred a whole lot of memories for me. Also, her appearance changed dramatically for the better. She looked so healthy. I procrastinated for a while but the results were there, and in the end curiosity got the better of me. Not only that but after a tough few years health-wise I felt in need of a treat - something just for me. My neighbour recommended the 'House of Colour' consultant she had used, and as she was local I finally took the plunge.

You might be familiar with what happens at one of these consultations but in case not, briefly - you have quite an in-depth talk about what's brought you there and what your 'lifestyle' is. I talked about my health issues and also how I'd recently found myself drawn to earthy tones after years of dressing in black, grey and navy. Before I made any more investments - especially in sewing time - I really wanted to know if I was heading down the right path. (For more information about the 'House of Colour' process and services, go here. I had the £99 Colour Analysis.)

You have to go without any make-up and your hair and clothes are covered with a white cloth. I can honestly say I have never looked as ugly, which I now realise was probably a clue in itself!

The whole concept of what 'season' you are depends on diagnosing your skin tone. I was amazed to learn that my 'pale' skin was actually quite golden with yellow undertones (rather than blue). My consultant draped many different colours around my face to determine this - for example, jade versus mushy pea green. I mention that colour duo in particular as that's when I had my epiphany - I could really see that the mushy pea green 'lit up' my complexion while the jade drained all the colour out and made me look lined, tired and spotty (sigh). Warm skin tones are either Autumn or Spring, while cool ones are Summer or Winter.

I found my final Autumn diagnosis quite shocking, I had barely any of the suggested colours in my wardrobe as I had spent a lifetime dressing in bright, cool and contrasting colours, even getting married in pure white. That's probably why I thought my skin was pale!

You are given quite a lot of materials to take away after the consultation. The most useful for me has been the wallet pictured below:

It's double sided and can be used as a book or opened out as in the third photo. It has all my absolute 'best' colours in it, 36 in all, but there are many more in between shades I can wear well, too. It's just a guide.

There is a bit more to the process than I've described, but as this isn't an advert for colour consultations I'm going to skip to the useful bit.

Was it worth having a Colour Consultation?

Yes for me, as:

I learnt what suited me, this has saved time and money. I can dismiss fabrics/garments that won't suit me quickly and I have made very few 'mistakes' since the consultation. It's also helped with my quest to get more from less when it comes to clothes, as somehow all the colours look lovely together even in unexpected combinations.

I also know what doesn't suit me. There is no black, white, pale blue, pink or grey in my pallette. The idea of living without black or white clothes has been the most challenging to get my head around. There are some events I go to where not to wear black would be disrespectful, so I keep a handful of smart black clothes at the back of my closet for these occasions. (The colour analyst suggested basing my wardrobe on dark brown, but to me this can never be as smart as black.) I base the rest of my wardrobe on navy now and I love it. Blue and white were also my favourite summer colour combination (cool and crisp). I am still using up some fabrics that don't fit my new palette (as in this post of white tops) but I probably won't buy much more white. I am learning to love the alternatives.

I have more colours to choose from now. There are colours in my palette I would never have looked at. Colours that actually make me feel pretty (which I rarely felt before), like my newly discovered favorite warm purple.

Wearing and loving some of my new favorite colours during Me-Made-May 2013

I look well. I can't emphasise enough the positive psychological benefit this has been to me as I have a couple of chronic illnesses, and was previously always being told how ill I looked. (Note to well meaning people - this doesn't help someone who is chronically ill!!)

But 

There is no going back. Once I had seen the effects wearing a colour that complemented my complexion had on my appearance, I only wanted to wear those colours (no-one wants to look worse, am I right?!). I might see clothes I adore but accept they look better on others. I also really wished I had got married in cream or ivory instead of white. That was a little bit sad as I probably could have looked better.

What do you think? Are colour consultations a waste of time and money, or would you be tempted to have one? Maybe you've had a colour consultation yourself. Did you find it useful? I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences!

Happy sewing, 'til next time!




Thursday, 28 November 2013

Winter Sewing Plans, So Zo Vests

I intended this post to go out a long time ago but life had other plans, so it feels as though I am way behind everyone else in getting down to some new season sewing.

I need some basics pieces - I have had a minimal wardrobe for four years and the most worn stuff is getting holey (is that a word?). Last winter I got by on two pairs of jeans, a pair of cords and a black skirt for smarter occasions (obviously I am talking about bottom halves I did have some tops!!), but some days I didn't want to wear trousers again. So a few more feminine bits are (almost) top of my list (see below).

I tried my local charity shops first (quicker than sewing!) but a lot of the clothes looked really well worn so not really an improvement on what I already have. I don't know whether this is because of hard times (more people shopping there), or decline in the quality of donations (or both). We have recently had a Primark open in the nearest city and I know new clothes are very cheap there. Maybe people are buying and discarding them quickly rather than investing in good quality pieces? (Read about all the issues here).

So,

Winter Sewing

1. Necessities - vests, pyjamas, apron.

2. Basics - long sleeve t-shirts, versatile bottom halves for doing chores in and dog walking.

3. Gifts.

4. Bonus sewing - if I can get through the other stuff I have a few patterns I want to try, to expand my skills or because the styles are different/interesting. I am a little bored with beginner stuff although the things I have made are all useful...truthfully I think I'm putting off moving to the next level. Maybe in the depths of winter when Christmas is past, will be a good time to try.

Anyway I have started my necessities! Pictured is one of my winter vests made with So Zo's pattern, which you can download here. (I was trying to make something similar to thermal underwear.)


Vest Front


Vest Back

I apologise for the dreadfulness of these photos. The light is terrible at the moment indoors and I appear to have developed camera shake. Anyway...

I have never used a PDF pattern before (I can just about bear to trace Burda and Ottobre patterns but am generally too impatient/lazy to stick pieces of paper together), this was a great pattern to start with as there weren't many pieces. I actually didn't mind as much as I expected and might buy more PDF patterns in the future.

I used a soft organic cotton jersey from Etsy shop Fabrique Romatique. I think this is the perfect name for a fabric shop! I cut it out in a single layer with a rotary cutter for nice sharp edges. It sewed up easily on the overlocker and I used a jersey needle to attach the elastic. The elastic was a soft non-fold over variety - I have very sensitive skin and wanted a decorative edge. It was a bit too soft in the end - I followed the instructions for construction on Zoe's blog, which recommended stretching the elastic as it was attached, but I had to really stretch this stuff and it still doesn't hug as tightly as I would like. I unpicked the elastic on the first vest and reattached it when it dawned on me it didn't have much stretch at all. The others I assembled production line style doing the same task on each at a time.

Beginners Tips For Attaching Flat Elastic

It may be that it's just my sewing machine who feels it should only be asked to work with the finest quilting cotton, but in case someone else has a similarly capricious machine this might save them a bit of bother:

1. Read Zoe's advice about the correct way up etc. to attach the elastic.
2. Experiment on scraps - my machine, elastic and fabric combination seemed to work and look the best on a 5.0 width and a 3.0 stitch length but this will vary with what you use.
3. If you have a stitch speed setting set it to the slowest until you're feeling more confident as it helps with control.
4. My machine did not like starting off. A few turns of the handwheel at the beginning helped with this.
5. As did holding the threads behind the needle until the elastic had started to feed through.
6. My jersey and elastic combination were a little bit slippy and inclined to part company - I found steadying the fabric at the back with my left hand while feeding in as normal with my right hand really helped.

Attached flat elastic with zig zag stitch
I wanted extra long vests so I added 2 inches and I didn't hem them to reduce bulk (idea copied from a ready to wear thermal vest). I made 4 vests for me and one for my youngest daughter out of the leftover fabric.



There was still a small amount of fabric left, so I downloaded So Zo's pants/knickers pattern and used up the next smallest scrap. When I started reading sewing blogs I used to wonder why anyone would want to put pictures of their pants on the internet (do these people have no pride?!). Now I know why. Sewing these was BRILLIANT. I admit, they are not my best work as I became so over-excited by the simplicity and speed and the fact that I can actually sew my own pants that I got a little carried away. But I can see a lot of possibilities for future refinement/embellishment. If you haven't had a go at making your own, DO IT NOW! It doesn't take long and you can use up jersey scraps or your families old T-shirts (better ask first!). OK, here's the pic:




They would not win prizes for good looks - a thinner jersey would have been more appropriate - but I had so much fun making them I don't care! Oh and in keeping with using every last bit I cut up the remaining scraps for gussets for future pairs.

All pride now gone!!

What's on your winter need/wish list - and are you making any of it yourself?

Happy sewing, 'til next time! 











Tuesday, 8 October 2013

The Last Skirt of Summer & The Field in Autumn

I mentioned that I had one last sarong refashion...here it is complete. The fabric was a gift from a friend and is a lightweight, printed cotton. The skirt is made from my TNT mystery vintage A-line skirt pattern (story here), lined with a thin cotton lining taken from the skirt I refashioned into a top here.


I have discovered this shape without lining does not wear well, at least when made from ordinary cotton. It looks better with a little support and will hopefully last longer. I was going to use a waist slip instead of lining, but since I wear cotton skirts mostly in the warmer months I decided a breathable cotton lining made more sense.

Skirt front
Skirt back

There was a lot of pattern to consider for matching. I picked my battles and concentrated on the hemline and the back where the zip was inserted. It wasn't going to match all round as the pattern was not printed strictly on grain. I'm not too concerned in as there is such a lack of pattern and stripe matching in the shops (even with some upmarket brands), I am convinced that nobody notices these small details unless they make clothes themselves! 

I think the skirt would look good with a contrasting colour t-shirt (maybe an orange/red or coral?), but it will have to wait as I think this is probably my last summer garment for now. I didn't make everything I would have liked this summer, but I am uncertain about sewing summer clothes in the winter. I guess I will have to see how I feel.

Finally I thought those of you that came on a country walk with me this July, might like to see what the fields look like at this time of year. The dyke sides were cleared a couple of weeks ago by a tractor with a box scraping attachment. This is so that any restrictions to water flow are removed before the wetter months. The dykes around us never seem to get a lot of water in them, but without clearance the land would soon revert to being no longer land, but a marriage of land and water...no good for walking of any kind!


If you look closely you can see the scraping reveals the holes of all the
waterside dwelling rodents, which I occasionally startle on my walks!

All the crops have been harvested. When I was growing up, stubble like that in the field below would have been burnt off at this time of year, but it is illegal in England and Wales now as it poses a risk to nearby habitations.



Some of the land has already been ploughed. When this large field behind our house is, the view changes completely to chocolate brown/black furrows - that's when I feel the season has really changed.

On the bounty front, although the wildflowers have gone, there is plenty to be harvested in the hedgerows. Usually I would have made blackberry and apple jam by now, but my parents had such a bumper crop of gooseberries this year every jam jar has been filled!




I am so looking forward to autumn and winter sewing, to see what everyone makes and to share what I do; and of course, to those on the other side of the world, to see what lovely summer ideas you have! Warm October wishes to you all and

Happy sewing, 'til next time!

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Still Tacking * + September Book Giveaway Winner


Much of my sewing kit is ancient, as it was inherited from my Grandma. Lucky for me she was a hoarder and left plenty of supplies. About a year ago I ran out of tacking thread. (* I am pretty sure tacking thread is called basting thread in North America. Here, basting means anointing your turkey with juices during roasting, but I think basting as a sewing term is beginning to catch on.) Anyway, I visited all my usual sewing supply sites - none stocked it. I went to the sewing section of a large department store - they didn't stock it. I even went to the stall at our minute market which sells home furnishing fabric, laminated tablecloth fabric, polycotton and some habby, where the elderly gentleman who runs it sucked his teeth and finally announced, "No-one has asked for that in years!"




I found some eventually on a quilting website. It was very expensive, for something designed to be broken...anyway, recently I searched again. Lots more options. Either sewing the old way is becoming more popular, or sewing as a hobby is becoming more popular generally. 

Do you tack?  When I learnt to sew, virtually anything that was to be machined had to be tacked first (most especially small areas that needed to be super accurate) and tailor tacks were used for all markings. I still pretty much sew this way. Is there any alternative to tacking, where pins won't do?

Tacking my latest project. The little workbasket in the background
is for all my indispensable bits and has dogs on it - sewing + dogs = perfect for me! 

Also, congrats to September giveaway winner katahdinchicklet! I have emailed you to get your mailing address. I hope you will have fun achieving your Perfect Fit!


Drawn by my willing assistant (OK, it was my daughter, thank you!)

I have every intention of doing more giveaways as I get my sewing space in order, so please continue to check in...and of course for a sewing chat anytime!

Happy sewing, 'til next time!

Monday, 30 September 2013

Sarong Refashions

In UK charity shops at least there is always a rack of donated sarongs. I guess people buy them for holidays abroad and have no use for them here! It's another place I look for discarded fabric - often sarongs are soft and light and make lovely summer tops or skirts, and the nice thing is that unlike other refashions you are basically just getting straight yardage.

The fabric for my latest garment is taken from a sarong, but not from a charity shop. When my children were little I went a bit crazy and bought the whole family, yes husband and son included, matching sarongs from People Tree. They are a fair trade/organic clothing company still very much in business whose website you can find here. There is some information on how cloth and clothes are manufactured as well as some cute items for sale.

Anyway, I digress. We had a lot of fun for a few summers running around the garden in our sarongs. Then the children began to grow up and no longer found it amusing to match their parents ;) The sarongs are made from beautifully soft, organic, fair trade, tie-dyed cotton, far too good to discard! Pre-blog I already made this bag, lined with one of the sarongs...

Bag exterior



Trying to show bag interior. The red lining inside the straps is from an old
linen skirt I used to wear

The pattern is from a book called Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross. It's one of those bags that just expands and expands - I have used it constantly since I made it, mostly for lugging crafty stuff to and fro but it's good for stuffing with books and shopping too. The pattern was easy and fun - highly recommended!




...and two scarves, one wide and one thin which I wear several times a week. As you can see the fabric takes on a different texture, un-ironed and crumpled. These were made by cutting the sarong 2/3rds 1/3rd, so if you find a sarong in a colour that suits your skin tone, this works really well with no waste.




Now I have made this top, my third based on Simplicity 1920. (I think these are what I wear instead of t-shirts.) I did a different order of construction this time (shoulders and neckline first), so that I could try out the length for a high-low hem. I have three inches added to the extension lines on the pattern to allow me to experiment and also because the first top came up quite short. (Other versions here with some comments on the pattern, and seen here although this was made pre-blog.) The fabric is quite fine so I used French seams again (still enamored of the lovely neat interior finish these give!)




I'm not done with sarong refashions yet, although there is only a scrap of this fabric left now. My friend has given me another beautiful one, which I am making into a lined A-line skirt.

What are you working on at the moment?

Happy sewing, 'til next time!

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Using Up Every Last Bit & Pattern Review Kwik Sew 2498

I have a new resolution, because of this:


Unfinished cushion project - furry scraps (what on earth will I do with these) - dressmaking scraps

My scraps are becoming a health and safety issue and also being ruthlessly logical it is better to use up scraps while the machine is threaded with the right colour and has the right needle in etc. Rather than stashing the bits and never using them, but thinking things like, "Gosh, I really must use up some scraps", every time I see the teetering pile...

I love making things to wear and am not so keen on making anything homey (although I do quite enjoy making small gifts). To increase the likelihood of using up scraps I need to start making small garments (well obviously they have to fit someone or that would be pointless). Knickers, maybe? Camisoles?

Anyway I searched the internet to try to find appropriate patterns. I didn't find many, maybe I was tired and I missed the patterns or maybe there really aren't many that fit this particular need. I found that Kwik Sew had a lot of basic styles and I want things I have made to be reasonably timeless and lasting so this pattern seemed like a good fit for using small pieces.





I have never sewn with a Kwik Sew pattern before so I had a surprise when I undid the packet.




Where are the miles of flimsy crumpled tissue I usually struggle with? Where are the tiny indistinguishable size lines all printed in the same colour? This pattern is one I hope to use over and over again (and since I won't trace a pattern like I "should" unless I absolutely have to for some vital alteration reasons), the extra strength is appreciated and made me mind less that it cost a little more than the other big pattern brands. Sometimes you just want to cut and sew, especially if you are using up scraps!

Another surprise was the seam allowance. Only quarter of an inch, which being used to 5/8ths inch felt a bit scary. Not much to play with. Then it occurred to me that it was probably this width so that the seams could be finished faster.

I began to get the idea that this pattern might be, well, kwik.


Here is my finished camisole. I made it from white broderie anglaise scraps left over from the peasant top I made in the summer. I was worried the fabric would be too see through on a closer fitting design, so I backed it with a thin white cotton lining harvested from a kaftan I have thrifted that is destined to become something else one day. Buying lining to use up scraps would defeat the object to my mind!




Literally as I was finishing the camisole I realised there was no need for me to use facings as I could have just lined it instead of treating the fabrics as one. For some reason I just blindly followed the instructions WHERE WAS MY BRAIN. So I have facings that show through the fabric needlessly, arghh! I have been consoling myself by saying this was an experiment with scraps and at least I have tried the pattern as intended, but truth be told I am a little cross with myself.

Excuse blurry pic & squint - sun in eyes

So anyway the instructions were clear and there was no difficulty with method, but fitting was more tricky. I made the pattern according to my bust measurement and the front fits how I think it is meant to. That is the problem with artists impressions, I would so much prefer a photo of every style. They leave too much open to interpretation. Anyway I see a relatively straight style fitted across the bust with looseness under. I think this is what I made. However the back was enormous. I just took a couple of inches (seriously!) off each side of the back piece and called it done, but I could have gone down at least two sizes across the back. My thoughts are:

1. It could be the style as the only view photographed does seem quite loose under the model's arm (the same pieces are used for views C & D) and thinking about it if the camisole was too fitted it wouldn't slip over the head and shoulders.

2. I could have made the smaller size and done a FBA. It would be a good pattern to experiment with this alteration since it is so simple BUT since I got the fit I wanted would there be any advantage in doing an FBA? I am unsure whether I should just do what works or try to do things "properly". Any thoughts?




I have just a couple of small scraps left of this fabric now. I think they would make a lovely contrast collar for a blouse/shirt so I am hanging on to them. (No I am not crazy enough to make a shirt especially to use up these scraps as where will it end. Possibly with insanity.) Do you know of any clothing patterns that are good for using up those awkward bits left after cutting out your garment (particularly wovens)? Any/all suggestions gratefully received!

Happy sewing,

'til next time!


Friday, 6 September 2013

September Giveaway!

Yay, September! After a fabulously sunny summer (this only happens about once every 7 years in Britain so expect to read plenty more about it in UK blogs!), we are entering the month of change! I'm feeling quite motivated after some lovely seaside days and am continuing my attempts to live only with what I use and generally clear up. There's plenty to do!

With this goal in mind, this month's giveaway is a book, A Perfect Fit by Lynne Garner, ideal for those looking to kick their pattern habit (ahem!) and make some perfectly fitting garments from their own measurements. It's a beginner level pattern drafting book with clear line drawings and photographs, but does include some style details such as making a different shaped collar or style of sleeve. True: this giveaway nearly didn't happen, as I couldn't find the book! That's how badly my sewing area needs clearing out.

Front cover


Back cover

Contents (might have been given away by heading at top of page!)

Sample Page

In case you are wondering why I don't keep this book. I basically ordered it in error along with some other sewing supplies, thinking it was a guide to achieving the perfect fit using commercial patterns and I wasn't sure how to phrase, "Can I return this since I didn't check out what I was buying thoroughly". I now have this book,



I strongly recommend this book if like me you don't always want to wade through lots of information and just want a clear and quick answer to a pattern alteration query. Here's an example of how the book is laid out.

Truly, a useful page!

I honestly prefer this  to the point approach to any of my other sewing reference books. The only thing I would change is a spiral spine would be useful so that it could be opened out flat while working from it - they're ideal for how-to books, I think.

Anyhow one day I might do some drafting again, but I have more than enough resources - I am going to write a post about my sewing history soon and I will show some of them then.

In the meantime if you would like 'A Perfect Fit' leave a comment below and your email address so that I can contact you. Since this giveaway is for a book, I am going to leave it open until Monday 30th September to give everyone a chance to enter, when a winner will be drawn at random. Good luck and

Happy sewing, 'til next time!

Thursday, 5 September 2013

A Vintage Day Out In A Handmade Top!

Vintage: "denoting something of high quality, especially something from the past". If you would like a gentle family day out, with cups of tea, ice-cream, cake, craft stalls and so on, a traditional village fete as held throughout the summer in England will surely delight you!

My very favorite is held on or around my birth date in August and I like to go every year.



I had a long cherished ambition wear an outfit that has a sense of celebration and a hint of vintage to this fun event. I made a top, Butterick B4685 'Fast & Easy', which I also used as a base for my men's shirt refashion here.



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I love this pattern! It IS fast and easy and I have discovered for myself why peasant styles have survived the test of time, popping into fashion at times during every decade of the 20th Century and still going strong in the 21st: quick to construct, more flattering than you might expect, comfortable to wear. I used totally unnecessary French seams in mine as I am practicing for the fear-inducing Vogue 1247 which I hope to attempt this autumn. Anyway, constructed normally this is the perfect beginners top. The only alteration I made was to reduce the length of the neckline elastic (by a little less than an inch), as I thought my bra straps might be on display otherwise.

Anyway, next time I will make this top an inch longer. Tops from commercial patterns always come up short on me which could be a long body issue or a pattern drafting issue, but I really need to measure every time. The bottom hem on this top is shaped and has a split at the sides which means it looks lovely untucked as well as tucked in, but the side splits sit a little higher than I would like.

Top untucked, maybe you can see a glimpse of the shaped sides.

My first idea was to make this in an original 50's floral fabric with a complementary semi-circular skirt, and I ordered what I thought was the perfect fabric for the top from Donna Flower (UK vintage fabric seller). It was listed as being suitable for dressmaking and crafts but when it arrived it was clearly furnishing fabric. I have been refunded, but be warned, be careful when ordering vintage fabric from the internet for sewing! (As far as I can see, samples are not offered on the site). It may not be cataloged by people who know what "suitable for dressmaking" really is. I still love the fabrics on the site and I would order from there another time, but I would look for keywords like "voile" or "lightweight" and would ring or email to check fabric suitability first.

All this meant time was becoming short, so I had a rifle through my trusty stash and made my top from a white cotton (or maybe polycotton) broderie anglaise that I bought from my local charity shop several years ago. I had no idea what I would do with it at the time, but it was such as classic fabric I thought I would want to use it eventually...I think it cost 50p, and there is still enough left over for a camisole! Positive proof that 1. Sewing does not need to be expensive, in fact it can still be cheaper than buying your clothes if you have some lucky finds. 2. Keeping a stash is not as indulgent as I believed (especially if well curated), because emergencies do happen!!

We loved this traditional black London taxi.

There was no time to make a skirt, so I thrifted this one because it seemed to fit the celebratory mood. It was £3. It's out of my comfort zone in both style and colour, I try to make or thrift stuff that works with most of what I already have, and red and white stripes on my bottom half are realistically never going to be a staple. But I really did have a fun day and I can always make something else from it if I never wear it again!


Skirt fabric complete with co-ordinating 'Jubilee' pancake!

The top pattern has been added to my short list of TNT's. I didn't progress my sewing skills much making this top, but I am aiming to make clothes I can wear everyday that make me happy, and this simple pattern scores on both those accounts.


Did I mention there were kites?

Thank you to my youngest daughter for patiently taking my picture. I rely on my family members to take photos for my blog, so thank you all again and particularly to my daughters to whom the task tends to fall!

My birthday treat was rounded off with a lovely evening watching an Audrey Hepburn film. Truly, a vintage day! I hope you are all having fun this season, and wish you,

Happy sewing, 'til next time! 


Friday, 16 August 2013

August Giveaway

Continuing my sewing room clear out...these are the last two Burdas that realistically I will not make anything from. Either they repeat patterns I already have (hello, wrap tops!), or I can't see myself wearing the styles in my everyday life.

First up, Burdastyle 1/2012





It has a good mixture of styles including some pretty underpinnings and amazing fancy dress patterns including a raspberry! I know it's unlikely someone will actually be wishing for a pattern to make their child look like a raspberry, but you never know.

UPDATE - DISPATCHED


Second, Burdastyle 11/2012





This one has some classics like a trench coat and tapered trousers in, as well as some jersey loungewear.

UPDATE - DISPATCHED

I apologise for the quality of the photos - I snap these posts really quickly, hopefully they are enough to give a rough idea of whether there might be styles of interest to you in them. Also for reasons of time pressure I don't go into a lot of detail on style, but those of you familiar with Burda will  know it's always an interesting mix.

Usual rules apply - first come, first served and shipped at my earliest opportunity! MOST IMPORTANT: leave some contact details!!

Happy sewing, 'til next time!