Burda 03/2012 front knot dress

It started with buying 3 meters of a beautiful fabric with a really great print which I didn’t want to break.

I decided on the burda 03/2012 front knot dress, the longer version, because this fabric calls for a long dress…

Of course I said to myself, no way this dress needs 5+ meters of fabric, it must be one of those burda exaggerations.

After hours of copying the pattern pieces (you need to glue several big sheets of papers together), I found out indeed my 3 meters are not enough… :-(

So, quickly, before I loose the moment of actually sitting down and sewing, I shortened the pattern and used another fabric from my stash.

The beautiful fabric will have to wait for another long dress…

This fabric is jersey, so I had to take it down one size and also take the shoulders further in.

It is very flowy and comfortable, and I used a very thin netting for the lining so it’s not too heavy for the summer.

Closeup…

Tummy posing…

Just happy…

Little Play Dress

I’ve made this dress to my gorgeous 2.5 years niece whom I love to bits!

Now, you might think what a lovely, delicate, English Rose she is.

However,  she’s rather hyper active, sweet and full of life and happiness!

Seconds before the dress was soaking wet…

The top part of the dress and the sleeves are from Fait Main 353, the bottom part is just a rectangle (what was left of the fabric).

Flared Maternity Pants

I’ve been looking for maternity pants everywhere and just couldn’t find anything that  I liked, so I’ve decided to make them…

I’ve used the Burda 02/12 maternity pants pattern:

but didn’t like the skinny hem, so altered it to be more flared. this is really easy to do! you just continue the hemline to both directions by the amount of “flariness” you want it to be (I’ve added 4 cm in each side) and then connect the knee mark with the new hem.

I’ve also added  pockets. Isn’t it annoying to not have pockets?? especially when you’re embarrassed and need somewhere to comfortably place your hands…

There is no rule for drafting pockets, except that your hand should comfortably slide in and that it’s big enough inside for your hand.

After drafting the pocket, I copied three pieces: the pocket facing, the pocket lining and the new front.

When sewing the pockets, first join the front and pocket facing pieces, right side to right side on line “a”. then cut the seam allowance in some places so that it’s easier to fold back. fold it left to left. join the pocket facing and the pocket lining on line “b”. baste the front piece to the pocket facing on lines “c”.

60’s Maternity Dress

In general, I don’t moan at all about the pregnancy… It’s just that I’ve been going to a Pattern Drafting course for about 6 months… and just now, when we’ve finally learned how to design and draft interesting and fitted dresses and trousers…  I can’t really because of my belly.

So anyway, I designed this dress, at least it fits my upper bodice. and is cute, I think :-)

If someone is interested, I can try and upload the pattern. The size is about 40 (burda sizes).  Please write to me if you do.

My Little Bump :-)

Pleased to introduce you to my new and growing bump :-)

It’s a boy! and his current name is Nooshnoosh.

I was so busy with the wedding and pregnancy tests so I didn’t have any time left for sewing :-(

Luckily, I’ve made this tunic a few months ago and it fits perfectly as a maternity wear.

The pattern is from Burda 08/11 #116. I’ve added the belt which accentuate the high waist.

It was very easy and I plan to make a few more of these. (plannings, plannings…..)

Next post –  a 60’s maternity dress I’ve designed and drafted myself. (I only need to photo shoot it)

Mid Day Shopping Spree

… and I just wanted to buy a zipper…

this threesome is all very soft and quite sheer jersey. I think they will be perfect for tops.

I love this print and the fabric feels great. It’s a cotton blend I think.

This one is linen – perfect for a summer dress! There’s a “Miss Sixty” text printed on it. I wonder if it’s truly a Miss Sixty original fabric…

well… all those beautiful fabrics cost about 2.5$ (US) per meter. so I guess it’s not so bad… if only I had the extra room to place them…

Wrapped in Lace

Just like all good things, this one began as a mistake.

When I bought this fabric, I didn’t realize that there was not enough to make my favorite wrap top pattern from burda 11/11.  So I just threw the fabric in the pile. but then it happened to fall just next to a nice lace fabric I still hadn’t figured out what to do with. And then it hit me to combine them  together.

I slashed the front pattern in two using a french curve, so that the lace would be used for the neck edges and integrated back top.

 

 

On a second thought, I probably should have made the slashing line more flat and make it start in the front mid arm hole instead of in the shoulder… but that’s for next time :-)

What line do you think is  better?

Blue Sky and Flowers

This is not a new skirt… in fact I made it a couple of months ago in Pattern Drafting class and it was my first ever self drafted pattern.

I just waited and waited for the spring to come so I can wear it, and yesterday I decided that if it doesn’t come, I will try and bring it. So I wore it, although it was pretty cold outside.

It has a center and side panels, pocket yokes and pockets (although it looks like the pockets are external, they are in fact internal, and huge and comfy).

I used orange piping for the panels and yoke seams.

This skirt makes me happy!

And do silly things…

I’m lucky to have such a patient boyfriend that takes lots of photos (well he was a little grumpy about it, but… what can you expect…)

Even Shanty is impressed…

The drafting is pretty simple.

I started with a basic skirt pattern.

The Front:

I moved the dart into the center and side panels seam, and draw a map like this:

The center front and pocket yokes:

The side front panel:

The pocket:

The front yoke:

When copying this part, combine the two parts of the yoke into one and round the rough joint corners.

The back is pretty much unchanged, only added the yoke (yoke width 5 cm as in front):

Please post any questions, I would love to answer them!

70s Elegance

A few months ago I stumbled upon some Burda magazines from the 1960s and 1970s, wow… what a treasure that was.

Some of the Burdas didn’t even have the photos part, only the instructions, and I decided to challenge myself and try to make a dress pattern that I didn’t even know how it will look in real life.

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Here you see the pattern for the dress and jacket, but I only made the dress.

The dress was sleeveless, so I drafted my own sleeve, as just recently learned in pattern drafting class… I think that went quite well…

The real challenge with this dress was the center pleat of the skirt (part 35) . See how the front panel is on a fold, but still has the buttons opening. Well, took me a while but I figured it out in the end. I had to cut right through the seam allowance until a thread before the seam, and after folding the center pleat, secure it with hand stitches.

I decided to give it a more “70s” look by making the lapels and collar in the skirt fabric.

 

 

Shanty plays dead to get my attention… :-)

I made the closure on the wrist (not sure how it’s called) the way I learned in advanced sewing techniques course, and it was a nightmare to try and remember how we did it in class, but in the end I managed!

… sewing more than two meter of hem by hand!!

My Corpse Bride Custom

I used Burda 1/12 Satin Bustier and attached two rectangles to it as the skirt.

Then I draped the lace on the bodice.

The best part was… to rip it off, color it with tee bags and leave the edges unfinished. It feels so good when you don’t have to be a perfectionist….

I wonder where he’s looking….when I’m all lust faced

This is when we got home…