Thursday, May 27, 2010
Burda WOF 4-2010 Model 116
I had an outdoor photo session planned for yesterday afternoon, but when we got home after visiting the optometrist with my pupils dilated I couldn't stand the light so I had my son take a few quick indoor pictures. The camera is new and I'm still learning the best settings. The pictures are grainy but you get the idea.
On the above photo taken in Havana on my 12th birthday I'm wearing the dress that inspired me. My mom made the dress, it was orange with gold buttons and a dropped waist and pleats. I LOVED that dress! I'm sure in the future I will be inspired again to find a pattern that more closely resembles it but for now I'm happy.
To trace the pattern was harder than usual, since Burda decided to crammed all the patterns in less pages, I hope this is not a permanent change. I mentioned before that this was my first collar with a stand and of course I needed extra sources for construction information. I read Connie Long's "Easy Guide to Sewing blouses" but what really helped me was watching Sandra Betzina's Sew Perfect. I had an episode recorded on tape from when the show was on Home & Garden tv, that showed collar construction.
I had made a yoke once before and had to refresh my memory on how, so again I used Connie Long's book which has excellent instructions. Please excuse my wrinkly back, I had been wearing the dress all day at this point
One thing to note is that button placement leaves the last button pretty high. I had noticed it and lowered it but not enough. My plan was to add a button but I couldn't find more than nine in the style I wanted. I will keep a lookout for more, I work in the school system and this opening is just a tad "riske". By the way my son wanted to inform my readers that he did tell me to "act my age" when I was posing for the above picture. Where is the fun in that? Teenagers...
The fabric is a lightweight cotton twill from A Fabric Place in Baltimore and the buttons are from Joann's as is the belt buckle. More detailed pictures in my previous post.
I'm working on the Simplicity skirt. I found a fabric for the binding around the waist and hem that I think I like; the fabric I'm using is a little strange, sort of spongy and very stretchy although it's a woven.
I don't know how much sewing I will get done during the weekend we have plans for some day trips so I'm hoping for nice weather (it has poured the last few Memorial Day weekends in our area).
Happy holiday to those in the US and a good weekend to everyone!