Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Trying different patterns and styles
Like many of us seamstresses I've made some sewing resolutions, one being to try sewing garments I would usually pass by. I've subscribed to a couple pattern magazines. Of course the ever popular BurdaStyle and one I am not quite as familiar with, MyImage. I even ordered from eBay an assortment of other single issue pattern magazines including Manequim, Molde&Cia, Molde Fácil, Patrones and Ottobre. I'm not fluent in reading Spanish but can understand about two-thirds of Patrones and will be learning the sewing vernacular pretty easily I assume. The Portuguese magazines are freakishly confusing to read for me since the language is similar to Spanish but so different I think I might get only about 15% of it. Overall I really like what I see in the Brazilian patterns... very wearable but more edgy then what you can easily find in commercial American patterns. Ottobre... eh... it's so-so but I want to give it a shot. I'm waiting for MyImage to show up.
This dress is from current issue of BurdaStyle (2/13, #110.) I cut a 42 and graded the hip up to add about two more inches. I'm really on the fence with this one. I used a barely black organic cotton jersey that I'm not too crazy about. (Knits a butt to photograph!) I really am into the asymmetrical neckline but the skirt area doesn't hang quite right even after a sway back alteration. The pattern was pretty simple to sew with little guidance from the printed directions. Burda directions are often bamboozled and poorly translated... or maybe they just suck in their original language, too. Coincidentally this pattern is highlighted in the issue to include a "sewing lesson for beginners".
The seams on the skirt hit the widest part of my bum and hips. I'm thinking I may make this into a top or chop it off at the waist and replace the lower half with a self drafted skirt. I thought I really liked it when I did this test shot while I was working on it in my dark, dank sewing area... yes, it's a hot mess in my basement, this is minutes before actually I cleaned it up!!
We will see what I do with this one. I hate scrapping a project after finishing it, especially when I adore the top half. I have nothing like this in my wardrobe and am glad I gave this pattern a whirl.