Friday, December 19, 2014

I Haven't Been Sewing, But I've Been Baking!

So... I haven't been doing a lot of (blogable) sewing lately.  Which is probably because I have been doing waaaaaaaaaay too much baking for the holiday festivities.  I've been trying a lot of new recipes, both from new cookbooks (that I really should review, because they are fabulous), and from the internet, with mixed results.  The good thing is, I've found some really delicious things to make for holiday treats.  The bad thing is food prep is cutting into my sewing time.  But, well, trade-offs.  I'm inexplicably proud of the way things turn out when I follow instructions.  Or, well, when I don't follow them, exactly, but things turn out anyway.  So, allow me to entice you:

Yes, that is a Darth Vader gingerbread man.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Newsflash: Burda Spring/Summer Collection Early Preview Posted

The German Burda website has posted the early preview for the Spring/Summer Catalog Collection.  Although the early preview only shows us a limited number of styles, I have to say already, I think I'm going to like it.  The styles are tending towards a flowy, easy vibe, but I'm sort of digging it.  Let's see what they've got for us so far:

I really like the color blocking on this dress!
Chic, simple, but still fun.

This sheath is loose-fitting, but I like how the drape of the
fabric prevents it from being too boxy.  It's cute.

Love this suit - it looks relaxed but not too big.
Loving the collar and single button.  Also, I want those pants!

The print is a bit crazy, but I'm rather liking these pants as well.

Probably they are trying to sell us the blouse,
but look at the fit on those jeans!

Not caring for this blouse as much... I think the under-hem is hitting in a weird area.

Basic high-low top.  Fine, but not overly exciting.

Sort of blah on this boxy top as well.

Love this skirt though!  I know it's just a circle skirt,
but the fabric combination is so cute!

Loving this skirt as well.  Makes me want to put it on and twirl.

Basic maxi dress, but I like it, especially the neck line.

Simple wrap dress, very practical for throwing over a bathing suit.

This shirtdress is simple, but cute.

I'm thinking this is in the petite section, but that jacket is AWESOME.
May have to get this pattern anyway, and grade up.  The skirt is cute too.

Sack dress.  Meh.

Oversized blouse for the plus section is fine, but not overly exciting.

Loving the taper on these men's trousers.

And the jacket is sweet too!

Normally don't care much about the kids clothes, but how cute is that bag?
So, what are you all thinking?  Anyone else as excited to see the full collection as I am?  Or does this look like more of the same from Burda?  Feel free to discuss in the comments!

Monday, December 15, 2014

More Pillowcases of Awesome

Look!  I sewed something!  And actually took pictures!  And blogged about it!  On a sewing blog!  Crazy-sauce...

Anyway... So, apparently making slightly embarrassing pillowcases has become my unofficial official birthday gift sewing thing.  The fact that I can make a set in *mumblecoughlessthananhourmumblecough* has absolutely nothing to do with it becoming my go-to item.  *cough*

In case it wasn't obvious, I made these for a big comic book fan - the Marvel print is from Hancock Fabrics, and the really fun old-school comic book advertisements was found at Michael Levine's in Los Angeles.  Used the same Crafty Gemini Youtube tutorial that I've used in the past, with continually awesome results.

Love this print!

Those of you who spend too much time on the internet may have noticed one of these fabrics popping up in a really awesome bag project by a really awesome blogger who just finished making something else really awesome.  What can I say... great minds love the same fabrics?

Friday, December 12, 2014

Newsflash: January 2015 Burda Preview Posted!

The Russian website has posted the full preview of the January BurdaStyle Magazine.  2015 is here!  I am so not ready - it feels like everything has been happening so fast!  The preview went up earlier this week, but this has been my first opportunity to sit down and blog about it - why does time always seem to move fastest between Thanksgiving and Christmas?  So much to do...

Anyway, new Burda.  I have to say, looking back, 2014 was a stellar year for the magazine.  So many fantastic issues, and fantastic patterns, which I hope to review in my traditional end of the year wrap up.  Personally, I'm a bit sad because I haven't had much time to sew from them (and there are so many things I want to make!), so I have to say I'm having a bit of a mixed reaction to this January issue.  On one hand, there isn't anything I'm dying to make, which is good because it isn't adding to my immediate to-make list.  On the other hand, I was hoping to have a bit more to be excited by.  I don't know... this might be a bit of a sleeper issue for me, because there are a lot of simple designs that usually don't interest me on my first go-through, which usually come back to excite me when I look for something to use with particular stash fabrics I have.  So, in a word, I'm a bit lukewarm on this issue.  Nevertheless there are a few interesting things to see, so let's take a look:

First, a view of the coats and jackets:

I was really excited when I saw this jacket in the early preview...

Newsflash: New McCall's Patterns Posted

I have barely started any holiday sewing (and I'm still drowning in commissions), and work has been a bit crazy lately.  Not to mention all the holidaying (and food making for said holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, etc.), so my blogging has gotten a bit behind the times.  Which is why it is crazy to think that McCall's has already put out their Early Spring Pattern Collection, and yet, here it is.  When I looked at the overview images I thought I would get through a release without wanting any new patterns, but a lot of the alternate views and line drawings have swayed my mind.  I don't think there are a lot of new designs here - we've seen most of the trends in the past several releases, and there isn't much new with the silhouettes, but there are some surprisingly fun details hidden in this release.  Let's take a look:

M7081 - Love this dress!
The gathering on the front, the collar, the fluffy skirt -  all in all a very fun dress for spring.