Friday, March 20, 2015

Newsflash: Burda Easy Spring/Summer 2015

The full preview of the Spring/Summer 2015 Burda Easy magazine is up on the Russian website.  Although I don't think this is a must-buy issue, there are a couple of patterns that might be fun to sew.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Newsflash: April Burda Preview Posted

The full preview of the April 2015 BurdaStyle Magazine is now up on the Russian website.  Although I wasn't overly excited by the early preview, I have to grudgingly admit there may be a few designs that are sort of interesting this time around.  Not a lot, but enough that I'm at least thinking about adding a few of these designs to my ever-growing and never-shrinking "plan to make" list.  In any case, let's take a look at this month's offerings:


Monday, March 9, 2015

Captain America: Winter PJs

This project was finished a while ago, but I haven't had much time to do a write-up post.  And since it was commissioned as a gift I wanted to make sure there was plenty of time between the delivery and posting to avoid spoilers.  I haven't really heard how well the gift went over... It's been a crazy few months so far this year.  I think these PJs turned out pretty cute in any case - especially considering I made them as a garment copy, without a pattern or instructions, and sort of made things up as I went along.

Cap PJs!  The fabric is from Michael Levine in LA,
and the patch was bought on Etsy.

I made special effort to match the plaid on the side seams.

And plaid matching on the bum.  I've been watching the
third season of The Great British Sewing Bee, and, while
there are many, many other issues they could pick on,
I think even Patrick would be pleased with my plaid matching here.

I even added pockets, because pockets are awesome.

A button fly, which, I will point out, I've never made before,
and I made up my procedure as I went along.  So I was
pretty happy when it turned out somewhat functional.

And that's about it as far as this project goes.  It was a bit slapdash, but, I think it turned out ok in the end.

On a slightly related, but somewhat meandering tangent - I feel as though I've been neglecting the blog a bit.  I'm behind on writing up my book reviews, and I am itching to actually post more sewing related posts to my sewing blog (I know, what a concept).  But most (all) of my sewing right now is commission work, and I don't typically post that here.  I just finished a skating costume that required the application of over 5,000 individual rhinestones.  It took forever, but I was quite pleased with the result (and so was my client), so I suppose all is well in the end?  In any case, I've been sewing, but this is the only project that I've felt comfortable posting about in quite a while.  That combined with work, skating, and the online #WhoClass I'm taking, not to mention general life stuff of eating and sleeping, has made me a bit less active on the blog.  With the skating season ramping up, things are likely to only get more hectic over the next few months, so I don't expect to be posting as much as I would like.  I'm back at the point where I am just trying to get through August.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Newsflash: Burda Easy Spring/Summer Early Preview Posted

The first look at the Spring/Summer 2015 Burda Easy magazine has been posted on both the German and Russian websites.  So far this is impressing me about as much as the rest of the Burda issues thus far this year - which is to say, not much.  Of course, I'm waiting to see the the full preview with line drawings and all, but, so far I'm not overly excited by this issue.  I guess after the fabulousness that was the Fall/Winter edition from last year I was hoping for a bit more.  Anyway, here's the first look:

Possibly cute cardigan?  I hope we get that pattern.  Skirt is ok, but plain.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Newsflash: April Burda Early Preview and Burda Plus Spring/Summer Full Preview Posted

The Russian Burda website is on top of it - the April preview is posted here, and the full preview of the Spring/Summer Burda Plus is here.  I have to say, the early preview for April wasn't too inspiring.  I went to P-an-da in the hope that there might be more to get excited about, but, sadly, there doesn't seem to be too much going on in the April issue.

Starting April off right - what is with that collar?