Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Newsflash: New Vogue Patterns Announced

The Vogue Spring collection is here!  I'm actually finding quite a few patterns that have interesting seam details and really flattering shapes.  There are also a lot of simple basics with nice details, so, a lot of great pieces that could be very practical for use in a wardrobe.

Love the seam details on the back!
These sorts of subtle goodies are peppered throughout this collection.
Let's take a look!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Newsflash: Burda Spring/Summer Catalog Patterns Announced

The German Burda website has the catalog preview for the Spring/Summer envelope patterns up on their website.  You can look at the full catalog, starting with the newest patterns here.  Overall I have to say there are some cute patterns, but also a lot of rather generic basics.  Basics are good for wardrobe purposes, but not overly interesting to discuss.  In any case, let's take a look at the new collection:

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Newflash: February Burda Preview Posted

The full February preview of BurdaStyle Magazine is up at the Russian website.  You can also see a video sneak peak on the German site.  Based on the early images, I wasn't too excited for this edition, but I was hoping that line drawings and garment photos would convince me otherwise.  I have to admit, there look to be a few gems in this issue, but, overall, I think there are just too many pieces with too much volume, and not a ton of variety.  But, in any case, let's take a look...

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Holiday Gift "Sewing"

These are really more what I would consider to be hand-made crafts, rather than actual sewing, though I did use my sewing machine a bit.  I also used Heat-n-Bond fusible web, and the internet to find images to use as the patterns.  Oh, and fleece.  Lots and lots of fleece.

Rainbow stack of fleece!

Green Lantern emotional spectrum scarves!

Violet: Love, Indigo: Empathy, Blue: Hope

White: Life, Green: Willpower, Black: Death

Yellow: Fear, Orange: Avarice, Red: Rage

Each scarf was completed with fringed ends.
I also made a few collegiate scarves for family members who wanted to sport their school colors.

Alphabet soup!  Oh, and a horse.
So, not much sewing got done during the holidays.  But, at least a little got done.  Enough for some simple gift sewing anyway.  And now I actually have a lot of ideas for appliqué scarves that I want to make for myself, though I don't know that I will have much time to make them, since it is time for hard core skating sewing to start up again.  But these don't take much time to make, so, well, maybe I will be able to find the time to make at least a little something for myself before I get overly busy again!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

New Simplicity Patterns and February Burda Early Preview

I don't know how I missed it, but the latest Simplicity releases came out sometime in the past few weeks.  Overall I'm not too inspired by the latest collection, though there are a few cute dress patterns, and a really fun doll's pattern for Disney fans.

S1194 - I know it's a basic dress, but I really like this 50s reprint pattern.
I really enjoy seeing the original art on the package as well.