Added Jul 9, 2013
Believe it or not I do sew clothes. I love fashion sewing. I just never seem to get around to taking pictures and posting. But I am trying to do better.Back in April, Fashion daughter need a killer top for a fashion event at school. She wanted a peplum top and of course all the patterns available were not what she liked. I found a Burda pattern she liked but the size was off. It never is easy. She is a terrible customer, picky, critical, and never shows up for fittings! Oh and she never pays!!!
Anyway, seeing as she is my daughter, she is my best customer. I downloaded Burda #113 even though I had the magazine from 8/2012. Piecing the pattern together is much easier than tracing from the magazine.
I had to grade up the pattern three sizes. It was easier than usual due to the absence of seam allowances and the excellent and detailed measurement chart that Burda provides.
I made two muslins to teak the fit. My biggest challenge was the placement of the darts. I worried about the sleeves being tight so I decided to cut them on the bias.
To find the perfect fabric we drove to Ottawa Street in downtown Hamilton, a nearby city. In my favourite store they sell end of the rolls for $3.00 a metre. The bright pink duchess satin was there. Two and a half meters for $7.50. Score. I had a pink invisible zipper from our Mood shop two years ago, and tons of pink lining left from her sister’s grade school graduation. Yes I am a fabric hoarder.
Since I had already made the muslins, the top went together smoothly and quickly. I lined the entire top despite the pattern directions. I don’t like topstitching satin.
Since that was a success, I decided to keep going. I made her another top from black stretch denim and faux leather. The back features a large industrial exposed zipper. I wanted to add studs to the sleeves but she thought it might be too much.
I am saving this pattern because I am sure I will use it again. Next time as a dress.
Lessons from this activity
- 1) Sewing is the easy part. Fitting is H###.
Duchess Satin, Stretch Denim, Faux Leather
Daydream about fall sewing with boho layers, oversized jackets, and a leopard pencil skirt.
Get 9 patterns specially picked for shorter stitchers.
Member Project of the Week
Suzeb's superhero inspired swimsuit will make you want to be a kid again!
See how Burda members are styling pants for summer.
Meg's Magazine Mash Up
See how one of our editors gets her inspiration.
You must allow our "request for permission" request to login to Burdastyle with Facebook.