I have finished my second Burda pattern! This is from the latest issue, July 2009. It is in the Plus Fashion section. I used the 133 pattern and made a hybrid of the version A & B. I used a mesh fabric that I purchased for a dollar at the FIDM store in LA early spring. The Plus sizes are for sizes 44-52. I cut the 44, but didn't add any material for the seam allowance. This gave me a great fit. I made my first version in a sheer floral fabric, but got part of the fabric caught under my serger, tearing a hole in the fabric. Not to be defeated, I cut new fabric, this time altering the pattern a bit more...instead of the v-neck back that is cut in 2 pieces, I used the front piece again for the back, just lowering the neckline a bit.
My sleeves came out too snug towards my hands, so I cut it a bit, used a black knit fabric I had left over to make cuffs. I followed this style with a black, thick border hem on the bottom, too.
This came out fantastic. It is very "work appropriate" for my company, stylish, and comfy combined. This one will be a repeat project for sure. With that being said, I am truly in love with this month's Burda issue. On the Burdaenglish forum on Yahoo, most people stressed that there wasn't much they wanted to make. I can't understand why. Everywhere else in the blog world, people of shouting this month's praises, just like me. Instead of just raving about this issue, I plan on really maximizing my subscription, by making as many items from this issue as possible. Tonight I plan on working on a tunic - either 120 or 128 and then tomorrow I will try the yoga pants. I am really thrilled! The Dolman sleeves really work with the style and fabric I choice.
After I finish my Burda marathon, I also plan on trying a Simplicity pattern that I misplaced and finally found. Remember Simplicity 4020 that I ended up down-sizing for my Sister because it was too short? Well, now that I found the pattern again, I have altered the pattern, adding in a full 8" to fit my taste and size. Here's a picture of my new TNT (hopefully) pattern.
In more news (especially since I've been a bad blogger lately) I have been taking a jewelry making class. I have made 2 pairs of earrings, a bracelet, and have stared a chunky necklace. I'm hoping to incorporate more jewels to some of my sewed and knitted pieces, so this will give me the skills to do it right. Here's the first pair of earrings I made, which are not the best (I'm aware of the silver and gold mismatch, lol), but great after only an hour of class instruction.