Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Spring Trend: Culottes

Audrey is wearing one of my favorite trends-culottes!  They are a great summer alternative for shorts.  She paired the grey culottes with a printed linen top.  Be sure to admire her print matching skills!  You can follow Audrey's sewing adventures at Sew Tawdry. Thanks Audrey!


My latest sewing projects are a pair of culottes and a jacket. I wore culottes many years ago and remember liking them a lot.  The patterns is from Burda 4 2015, pattern 113. 



The fabric is a tropical weight wool blend, 97% Wool 3% Lycra purchased from Roz at Sew Much Fabric . It is a lightweight fabric with some body, which was the Burda fabric recommendation. This pattern has deep pleats in the front and the longest darts I have ever seen in the back. They actually end below butt level. They look okay though.

The culottes are definitely comfortable to wear. For some reason the "legs" of my culottes look much wider than those in the magazine pictures. Ah well, perhaps because I am shorter and wider than most models. The waistband is about 2" high which is great if you want to wear cropped tops without flashing skin. I made a semi fitted, waist length jacket to wear with these culottes. The linen print fabric was also purchased from SMF. The colors, white, gray and a light chartreuse (greenish yellow) are so fresh and calming. I liked everything about this fabric. The pattern is one of many McCall's NY NY Collection patterns in my stash. They all have garments which were a little different from the popular styles back in the 1990's, when they were issued, so I think that saves them from reeking heavily of that era.


Cropped tops seem to be very popular now. For the last couple years, Burda magazines has had patterns for many of them,  but they are all too boxy for my narrow shoulders and the shapelessness overwhelms my top half. My "over 55 years old" interpretation of this trend is a semi fitted, cropped at the waist top, like this jacket.  The jacket is unlined. I serged all the edges of the garment pieces to prevent raveling. This jacket was a fast, fun sew.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Burda Style May 2015

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All Styles at a Glance


Line Drawings


What to wear to a summer wedding.

Vacation.....time to relax!
Maxi Dress #113-Watercolors

Great cover-up for air conditioned buildings
Poncho #126B-Daisy Lace Knit-Navy

Style Mix!
Jacket #122-Black Stretch Pique

Plus Size
Perfect for a causal lunch with the girls.
Blouse #131A-Salt and Pepper

A pulled together look for lounging at home.
Tunic #129B-Ladders

Thursday, April 09, 2015

A Demure Coatdress


Cissie's coatdress will be perfect for many spring seasons to come. And yes, Cissie, I would definitely say demure!  Thanks, Cissie!


This linen was a dream to work with.  Of course, being linen, it will wrinkle, but not nearly as badly as some.  It is lined with Bemburg rayon and the collar is made from a scrap of birdseye pique in my stash (Sew Much Fabric now has this pique in stock). The pattern features bound buttonholes, darts in the bodice front and back, flaps, an a-line skirt and a detachable collar.  I love the lines of this coat dress and feel quite lady-like in this take on a 1967 Simplicity pattern!  Dare I say "demure"??

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Burda Style Easy Spring/Summer 2015


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Sold Out!

All Styles at a Glance



Line Drawings



This is perfect for those early, cool spring days.
Midi Cardigan #1C-Cascading Floral Knit

Girly and Romantic!

Love the interesting lines of this skirt.
Maxi Skirt #5E-Navy Ponte Knit

Instruction included for this lovely bucket bag that can transform into a back pack!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Burda Style April 2015


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All Styles at a Glance


Line Drawings


The sleeves give this relaxed look a glamorous touch!
Blouse #112A-Oyster/Black Polka Dot Silk Shantung

Hello summer!
Wrap Around Dress #121-White/Black Windowpane Linen

The 70's are back and culottes are trending....

Wouldn't this look fabulous in a suiting fabric and denim?!

Plus Size
For all of your summer special occasions

Kids Fashions
For your mini fashionista!
Dress #136-Linen Grey Circles
contrast the collar with White Linen

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Burda Style Plus Size Spring/Summer 2015


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All Styles at a Glance


Line Drawings


Think of all the fabric combinations......!
Jacket #413-Cream/Grey/Silver Metallic Suiting and Cream Stretch Sateen

Details-Scallops and a Hi/Low Hem

Fabric texture adds interest to a classic sheath dress.

Summer is just around the corner.
Halter Dress #429-Black Rayon Crepe