Tag Archives: patterns

Trench coat, Option 1

4 Apr

Yep, one of those I was missing from my original wardrobe plan.  I saw this Burberry Trechcoat on budgetbabe.com

Isn’t it lovely?  Do you think that it would look ok with pants though?  It certainly looks divine with skirts/dresses

It also looks amazingly close to this pattern from Burda Style 08/2009



Minus the oversized gun flaps.  I wonder how easy that is to omit/change?


The jumpsuit

30 Mar

Are you for it, or against it?

I’ve always been kind of against jumpsuits.  They seem overly difficult to use the restroom in, and seem a little onesie –ish to me, but after seeing these more sophisticated versions



I’m starting to warm up to them.  I think it’s key to wear heels with it, and for it to have sleeves.

Why this sudden change of heart?


This pattern in Easy Fashion Spr/Sum 2011.  I think it needs sleeves, but I think it has potential.  (I also kind of think that it will be easy to sew, which is a plus for sure!)

Plus, it totally fits in with the “Pajama Dressing” trend.  Not that I’m a slave to trends or anything.

Cute little ducks!

18 Mar

When I saw this fabric in the $1.95 bin on Fabric.com I just thought it was so cute and sort of vintage-y.

But, since I don’t have a vintage pattern to speak of, I’m sort of at a loss as to what pattern would be cute to use for it.

Option 1:


The best thing about the pattern is that it’s free! (Get it here)  And I think it’s cute, but is the print too small for it?  Maybe I have just no imagination since it’s depicted as a solid?!

Option 2:4a2c0c0e-b17a-b452-47e5-f50f0b5deac0_324x432[1]

This is a pattern from the Feb 2010 issue of Burda Style.  I have only 2 Burda Style magazines, Feb 2010 and Aug 2009.  Even with just 2 I feel like I have soo many patterns!  This one is a flirty peasant type top which I think would be easy to sew (a definite plus!)

Option 3:103-ld

The blouse-with-bow.  This is from my other Burda Style mag (Aug 2009) and I love how they made it out of a sheer paisley print in the magazine, so I think a lightweight cotton print like this might do well

Option 4:


This is from my Burda Easy Fashion Spring/Summer 2010 magazine.  I’m not sure I’m in love with the front pleat though, but I love the elastic sleeves and the gathers in the back!  I also like how it is longer in the back than in the front.


Which one is your favorite?

Up for consideration

3 Sep

So which patterns do I grace with a nod of acceptance?

First up: a Parisian chic coat


This coat looks much more tailored and chic here than it did in the model photo.  I could see this going well over jeans as well as work attire if made in an appropriate fabric.

Next: The Chanel-style jacket


Surprisingly made from a different view of the first pattern.  (Now that’s what I call a view).  Although I already have a Chanel style jacket from the Feb 2010 BurdaStyle issue that I just had to buy, it still makes my list.  I may not make this version of it, I may make the other one, but I would consider making it.

I would even consider doing another view from this pattern:  the fake fur jacket


That is, if I was up to handling fake fur.

Next up, a fitted dress:


Although I’m not a huge fan of bubble skirts, I am none-the-less glad this pattern is in my arsenal.  The fitted top with the sweetheart neckline can easily be paired with any skirt type bottom, which could easily turn this pattern into a tried and true pattern.

And although I said Burda was late to the party on this one, and it has way too many views, I still might consider making a pair of these skinny pants


I even think they look eerily similar to the winning look on last weeks Project Runway

Casanova's Design

And the last one I pick is: the gloved shirt


Which is just different enough to not be able to find it in the store, and I really think it would be a great shirt to run in.  Or if your office is freezing, it would keep your fingers warm while you type.  They also include a view without the gloves (in case you couldn’t figure out how to not sew them in)  and various views of it with holes in the shirt (seriously burda?) in case you want something just a little different.

What I won’t be sewing

2 Sep

I thought it would be fun to show the patterns I won’t be sewing up.. ever.

First off, the butt-crack showing mini skirt, the Burda team liked this design so much, they graced it with 3 whole views.

Even in the realm of teenagedom, which I’ve gracefully left behind, this takes the cake as the most “hello butt” skanky ass skirt I think I’ve ever seen.  I don’t think any one with a single shot of self respect will be donning this one, even after multiple shots.  The only way I can even fathom someone even remotely considering this creation is if they are wearing a pair of completely opaque tights shown on stylebubble


because then a skirt that doesn’t actually cover your ass will seem quirky and purposeful.

Another one I will not be sewing is the strangely loose and long crotched pleated pants

Which enjoys a whole 2 views in this magazine, one with the hem cuffed, and one not.  Perhaps this just looks odd on the mannequin, but it’s too loose to be tailored, and too tight to look purposefully baggy.  It’s like they considered doing a paper-bag style top and then decided not to.  Or maybe they wanted to do harem pants, but decided to just lower the crotch instead.  Whatever they did, it’s not working.

Spot what’s different

1 Sep

It seems to me that Burda is getting lazier and lazier with their “views”

can you spot the difference in these patterns?





okay, so maybe 8D doesn’t have the knee detail that the others have, but don’t 8A and 8B look identical?  And other than the different fabric in 8C, it looks like it has the same style lines too

or how about this set




I mean seriously, 2A and 2B look the same even though you can’t really see the seaming in A, and it looks like C just has some added stitching lines on the bottom.  Ugh.  This really counts as a whole new “view”?  You have to be kidding me.

The number on the front should be “17” not “28” for the number of unique patterns this magazine contains!

Cocktail Dress Plan

23 Aug
SWAP - cocktail dress

This is my plan for a winter cocktail dress.  I plan on either wearing nude tights and pumps, or black tights and black pumps with it.  And it’s important to have a pop of plaid!  So very holidays.