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What project are you currently working on? Is it a Burdastyle pattern or a Burda pattern? Maybe your own design? I would love to hear about it . What type of fabric are you using for your project? Is it difficult or easy peasy? Please share your trials and tribulations of your project!


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    Aug 8, 2009, 06.41 AMby sewella

    Hey sew4! Today I plan to make a dress (fingers crosssed) using a Burda pattern out of a polyester blend (it looks and feels like silk) and the pattern looks like it is not going to make any problems, and I also plan to cut out the fabric for a dress I have been preparing to do all summer based on my mom’s dress originating from the late 60’s early 70’s (made by my grandma).

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    Aug 8, 2009, 07.59 AMby kiraph

    I am at the moment making a dress for a local fashion design show. :) I am entering a category called “Rags to Riches” so you have to get a garment and turn it into something else! The design I am doing is a bit more complicated than I am used to and is testing me – this is a good thing though! The original dress was a floaty 70s/80s style thing with flouncy bits on. A solid royal blue chiffon underneath with a shear patterned lighter blue chiffon over the top. I am making a strapless short little cocktail type dress. Will post pictures when it is all done!!

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    Aug 8, 2009, 10.38 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    I am currently altering the Danielle pattern into a strapless dress then adding my own straps and waist band based on a dress I saw someone else wearing which I loved! I have started, making the top part out of cheap calico first to test the straps then the final dress will be in a dark grey stretch cotton with pin stripes. Hopefully it works out and I will post it soon. I will also finish and photograph my Laura dress, the straps need shortening and I have been putting it off. But after our first BSC Perth meeting today I am inspired and will definitley do that tomorow :)

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    Aug 8, 2009, 11.13 AMby nikkishell

    I’m making the Kristen dress in black with white detail down the front and on the collar and sleeves. I’ll be wearing it to the Tessuti awards this Thursday, i should get cracking instead of spending my time on here!

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    Aug 8, 2009, 04.46 PMby victors

    I am on with the Emily shirt variation, somehow she has mutated into a shirt dress! I’m using some yellow floral cotton (old bedsheets). The sleeves are way longer than the creation picture would have you think. Just a sleeve and some buttons to go! Theres always a charlie on the go as well,

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    Aug 8, 2009, 08.31 PMby fabricaddict

    Having recently had a baby has meant that I haven’t had much time to sew, but today I had a wonderful sewing day and made Erdrenon’s wrap dress (thank you Erdrenon! great pattern!) and a very easy top from the May 09 Burda magazine that turned out just how the picture looked! hooray I’m very happy to be sewing again :-)

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    Aug 9, 2009, 01.26 PMby mickeygirl

    I am going to cut out a purple skirt. I have to make it longer and a bit larger than the pattern.

    What patterns Burda does not have too many in their selection that I like to sew — long skirts, very very modest tops like tunics (some but more like kameez), lingerie like bras, panties, slips etc, bathing suits or sports wear like yoga pants, sports tops.

    The Burda magazine had a great issue with a sports bra, some tops and pants that I wanted to make but someone stole it from my bag when I was at my volunteer job.

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    Aug 9, 2009, 10.44 PMby sew4my3

    Wow! Great projects all! Nikkishell you better get to work and not stay on here to long, but don’t forget to come back and post your dress! Mickeygirl, those are some great suggestions for some new patterns to offer! So I will give those to the Burdastyle team immediatly! Welcome back fabricaddict and congrats on having a wonderful sewing day! Aren’t those days the best? Kaitui_kiwi I can’t wait to see your version of the Danielle pattern and the results of your Laura dress! Encouragement is exactly what the BSC are for! Kiraph, what a project! This rags to riches catagory makes it sound like a competition of some sort. If it is I wish you the best and if it isn’t I wish you the best! Let me know how it goes. Hey sewella! I know what you mean about meaning to get to those planned projects! I think I have several that were planned for early spring I just finished! Don’t forget to post and then come back and tell me you posted your projects! I would love to hear about more!

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      Aug 16, 2009, 07.38 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      Hi Sew4my3, well the enthusiasim stuck around and I finally sorted out my Laura dress straps and photographed it Now I am half way through my Danielle alteration. I bought fabric for two jackets yesterday and I want to finish the dress asap so I can start on my jacket next! :)

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      Aug 16, 2009, 07.40 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      Oops, my link did work, well it didn’t underline anyway: http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/winter-laura

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    Aug 10, 2009, 09.43 PMby wzrdreams

    - Sewing a Jennifer shirt, although I’m having some trouble with the instructions (7a). - I’m also working on 2 dresses (about 80% done on each), one is a vogue pattern and the other is a Kwik Sew. - I’ve got a Charlie bag cut out and waiting to be sewn. I’m using some plaid wool remnants and some blue twill tape as a binding for the handle edges.

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    Aug 12, 2009, 02.09 AMby allygally

    I need pants for work, so I’m making a pair from a vintage pattern I picked up at a second hand store for $.25, with wide swingy legs and a high waist. I made a muslin to check the fit over the weekend, so I’ll sew the actual pants pretty soon. I’m making them out of a black cotton with a red pinstripe in it. I’m also working on a couple of quilts and an embroidered pillow for a friend who wants to give it as a gift. I used to have a “one project at a time” rule, because otherwise I don’t know where to start or what to work on, but that’s an idea from a bygone era of my life!

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    Aug 12, 2009, 06.09 AMby sew4my3

    Oh my! What a wonderful rule, AllyGally! It would have been nice if you could still keep the one project at a time rule! I would love to have that rule for my self! I can’t wait to see your pinstripe pants, they sound like they will be really quite cute since you are using a vintage pattern! Also, good luck on the quilts! Wzrdreams, how are you coming on figuring out the Jennifer shirt pattern? I will take a look at 7a and see if I can figure it out too. It really seems like you are very busy sewing, with 2 dresses, Jennifer top and a Charlie bag! Where oh where do you find the time? Happy sewing ladies and don’t forget to come back and direct me to your finished project pictures! Members please keep the “tell me all projects” coming, I just love hearing about what you’re up to!

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      Aug 12, 2009, 03.08 PMby wzrdreams

      I haven’t made any prgress on the Jennifer shirt, but only because it is too hot to use my iron. I would appreciate a second set of eyes on it, thanks!

      I am really good at procrastitnating…. that’s how I juggle projects! :) Actually, I try to keep one near done project on my dress form at all times so things don’t get out of sight and out of mind. I also make a lists/schedules so I can see what I’m working on this week and set goals. I love crossing thinkgs off lists, so it helps me get things done.

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    Aug 12, 2009, 07.02 AMby liedemaaf

    I am working on my own wedding dress. I won’t need it for another month but hope to finish it by tonight as the only thing left to do is placing the zipper in the bodice. And once this is finished I plan to make a short to go with the Marry dress I made last week.

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    Aug 12, 2009, 08.45 AMby auntchelle

    I’m currently working on a Natalie top. I’ve attempted my first FBA with this one so I’m a bit nervous! I’ve omitted the zip as I don’t think I’ll need it. I used a crinkle fabric which I can’t press so I’m a bit worried that the front pleats are just going to open up and it’s gonna look wierd… As you can tell I really thought about this fabric choice before I started cutting…

    I’ve just finished an all lace sheath dress which I wore to my brother’s wedding. It’s a from the 2009 Spring/Summer Burda Plus and I made it in a dark chocolate brown lace with a (kind of) chartreuse interlining. I didn’t get any good photos so I have to have some more taken before I can add it!http://www.burdafashion.com/en/Magazines/426_Dress/1270777-1683911-1683917-1684037.html

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      Aug 14, 2009, 10.55 AMby victors

      Auntchelle, I made a natalie, left out the zip same as you. my pleats did pop open so after much fighting just made them into slits. looked great until someone spilled bleach on it. (mr nobody as usual!)

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    Aug 12, 2009, 03.26 PMby buzzybee

    Slowly but steadily, I am working on reducing my alterations pile! Yesterday I made new cuffs for a formal shirt. The old cuffs were hideously long and very strange. I successfully did buttonholes for the first time for the new cuffs. Today I am letting out some pants and try to attach some ribbon to the hem for reinforcement. Recently I altered a skirt by redoing the hem. It had a ruffled along the hem which had to go! Most of these projects are alterations to thrifted clothes that I found for a few dollars. There are a few Burda dresses that I really want to make, but the neverending alterations pile somehow stops me…

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    Aug 12, 2009, 03.38 PMby julietta

    I’m only sewing with jersey as I only feel like doing projects that are quick and easy right now. Last weekend I finished a top and another dress is almost finished. Besides that I already have the fabric and matching pattern for another dress. Hopefully, I will get some time this weekend to post some of my latest creations. All patterns used are from BWOF. I’m currently trying to sew things that I can wear now and once it gets a little colder with a cardigan on top or a shirt underneath. I should really start finishing my ufos as the one piece at a time rule has not been applied for a long time, but don’t really feel like it ;-)

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    Aug 14, 2009, 03.21 AMby sew4my3

    Hey wzrdreams! I hope I am understanding the issue right with the bias tape step 7a. Here is a link that should help with this step at: Sew-loutions Guidelines

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      Aug 14, 2009, 02.26 PMby wzrdreams

      Oh, wow. Thanks for that link! That’s great information to have. I think I figured out the Jennifer instructions with a little help from Elainemay.
      I worked on the blouse las night and the bib is all pinned in and ready for stitching.
      I also sewed up my Charlie bag seams so all I have to do is the handle edges.

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    Aug 14, 2009, 03.48 AMby sew4my3

    Liedemaaf, I am always sew impressed when people sew their own wedding dresses, that is such a big job! I often get to the zipper part of a project and stop to save the zipper for another sewing session when I can spend time on getting it just right. Anyway, good luck on finishing the beautiful wedding dress!

    Auntchelle, I can’t wait to see the photos of your newly completed dress and I love brown! Very sexy dress pattern too!

    BuzzyBee, just so you know the alteration pile never seems to go away. My daughters who will be 21 in a month are 5ft1inch with a 29inch bust, 24 inch waist and a 30 inch hip, so very petite. Every piece of clothing they buy has to be altered! I feel your pain! Also, congrats on completing your buttonholes, what an accomplishment! Sharing some of your alterations projects with us would be great too! I would love to see how some of those are completed!

    Oh Julietta, I too find my UFO pile hard to get to, so don’t feel alone. It is awesome that all the patterns you are using are BWOF patterns! I can’t wait to see your completed projects, so don’t forget to come back here when you post your pictures and let me know!

    Keep posting your “sew to do’s” here, I just can’t get enough of hearing about your projects!

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    Aug 14, 2009, 08.15 AMby ichigogirl

    I’m working on a pattern to upload… I’m not sewing at all at the moment, I think mainly because my flat is just too messy (I have this big kitchen-refurbishing-project going on…).

    I can’’t keep away from sewing-related things though… and the pattern is for a simple cowl-neck jersey-dress that has become my very favourite, so I’d like to share it (it’s SO much fun to see what people come up with, I love the creativity of you all!).

    After that, I think I’ll make a bikini (for next summer) from an old bathingsuit, and probably another jersey-dress, or a cowl-neck-top maybe…

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    Aug 14, 2009, 07.12 PMby ana555

    i’ve read this discussion and was torn on posting or not, there’s alot going on. so i’m posting. 1st the graded 50’s dress for my daughter, nehmah helped get my math started for that. then the matching button up shirts for my husband and son, in bart simpson fabric, another 50’s dress in adult size, i was thinking about doing some dolls with antique-ish clothes for gifts, and if i ever get to it, the edwardian driving jacket for myself. i have vintage taffetta that is dark purple and black striped for it, that fabric is amazing, i love it. halloween costumes come before my coat, i forgot about those! i can’t wait to get to them all! i love to sew!

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    Aug 14, 2009, 08.08 PMby themedusa

    I’m working on a pattern for a sewn on cowl top and just got the new Hotpattern 3 Graces T pattern. Looking forward to trying to sew the cross over version this weekend.

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    Aug 15, 2009, 09.58 PMby liltb33

    Im working on the marie skirt. I found a really vintage floral fabric.Its sort of a bronze colour i really love it! Its had a slighty stretch to it . Just making the waistband at the moment.


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    Aug 17, 2009, 01.47 AMby littlepinkbutton

    I am currently hitting a creative block. I want to make something but I have no idea what as yet. I typically come up with my own patterns. I just can’t decide on what to make. I was thinking about making a skirt or blouse or maybe even a dress. I was still drawing a blank this afternoon, so I just rummaged though my fabric and decided that I would come up with something as I went along. I ended up making a pretty little apron.

    It’s a sweet pink, white and green floral cotton fabric. This fabric is somewhat Amy Butler-ish in design. I happened to have some solid pink fabric that I used for the pocket, waistband and ruffled hem. Yes, I added ruffles to my apron. Gotta girl it up! Upon reviewing the final product, I realized that I was about 9 inches away from making a nice little skirt. I had added some pleats to the body as I was attaching the waitstband. It’s a cute, flouncy little piece.

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    Aug 17, 2009, 05.56 PMby julietta

    So, the first projects are online, a skirt and jersey top. Another top and jersey dress are also finished and I will post them soon. I’m currently working on Ruby shorts made from darkblue jeans fabric with gold buttons.

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    Aug 18, 2009, 01.58 AMby gedwoods

    I’m still trying to catch up on projects started but not finished, but I’ve discovered I have to balance these with new projects, other wise the creative juices start drying up! So I’ve just finished a pair of pants for a friend, I’ll be posting in the next few days, based on my recently posted Technique “Constructing the basic trouser block”. Now I’m working on a fine silk camisole – well, it’s a long camisole so it is really a kind of slip, but with a neckline more like a camisole, for another friend. I’ve found someone who will do some contractual sewing work for me so I’m thinking through some design projects that I can develop this way. And I’m hoping to get started on a pencil skirt for my niece – I found some really nice woolen tweed for it. Busy, busy, busy, but also happy, happy, happy!

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    Aug 19, 2009, 10.56 PMby oscarthegrouch108

    right now i have about 4 tunics to bang out as a paid project (no firm deadline though which is nice).

    after that, i think i’ll tweak my basic pant block and make work pants (boring) and some fun plaid pants. then i might tackle a “leather” jacket….but still deciding on that one!

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    Aug 26, 2009, 11.25 AMby katexxxxxx

    OK, if I make a list, I might just see the size of the task, and know where to start! I was away on holiday, and have been unwell after I got back, so deadlines are LOOMING…

    Little Red Ballet outfit: I need to take out the front bodice section and redo, and complete the rhinestones and the trouser hems… HATE unpicking serged nylon/Lycra stretch satin!

    Dark red cotton muslin Regency gown

    Wisteria silk Regency gown

    3 trial kagools out of a parachute…

    Regency bonnet (another of those hats I don’t make for my perfect Regency customer who adores everything I make – which is a boost I really need right now when the fibro pain is driving me nuts!)

    Wedding dress – I’m going to Germany to put this one together for a friend! Working on Toiles By Post and Photo right now!

    Cotton top – mostly done, but the handwork finish is impossible until my hands recover from their present bout of fibro – which is also why the heat-set crystals and the unpicking on the red Lycra thing is not yet done!

    And on Friday I have a friend coming over to cut out her silk dress as there’s more room here than she has. I’m sure there is more, and I know that before Christmas I have another Victorian outfit to do for my darling bonkers customer Vicky!

    I love my insane customers. They give me such lovely projects!

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    Aug 26, 2009, 01.34 PMby wzrdreams

    I finished my Jennfer Blouse!!! (Well, I haven’t added buttons to the front because I’m still considering it) So, I allowed myself to cut out a muslin for my Hikaru jacket. I know I should probably finish one of the dresses that are mere steps away from being finished, but I felt really motivated last night and I was able to sew up most of the Hikaru muslin body. Tonight I will put in the sleeves, but I can already tell that the size 44 is too big in the back at least. Funny how those bust and hip measurements can lie if you are stacked and slightly pear shaped. I’ll probably have to do some sort of blended size (like I did for my Liz blouse) with a 44 front and a 42 back. The good thin about Burda patterns is that you can reprint and cut them… the bad things is you have to tape them together again!

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    Aug 27, 2009, 11.36 AMby anajan

    I am redrafting JJ pattern, again :). That is such an inspiring and versatile blouse! This time, I’m turning it into a dress, and I might post another pattern very soon.

    Also, I am at a muslin stage of constructing the Chanel coat for the Chanel jacket sew along.http://chaneljacket.blogspot.com/

    It doesn’t happen to me frequently to start 2 projects at the same time, but an inspiration for the JJ dress hit me yesterday and I could not wait to see it materialized.

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      Sep 10, 2009, 01.20 AMby sew4my3

      Oh, AnaJan, I had forgot about you participating in the Chanel jacket sew along. Thanks for the update! I am very excited about see the end results of this endeavor!
      You always do such creative things with existing patterns. I am look forward to seeing your new JJ.

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      Sep 10, 2009, 01.20 AMby sew4my3

      Oh, AnaJan, I had forgot about you participating in the Chanel jacket sew along. Thanks for the update! I am very excited about see the end results of this endeavor!
      You always do such creative things with existing patterns. I am look forward to seeing your new JJ.

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      Sep 10, 2009, 10.30 AMby anajan

      Hey Sew4my3, thanks for your nice comments.

      I’ll post the pictures of the coat over here as well. I am so happy that this project ended so smoothly and with a great result.

      Regarding my JJ alteration – I have posted the dress already over here, but you might have not recognized the JJ in it :). Take a look:


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      Sep 10, 2009, 11.48 AMby anajan

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    Aug 31, 2009, 11.27 AMby sperlari

    i’m making v8577, dress b, from some grey linen i had in my stash. it’s a close-fitting, flared dress with front pockets and button front closing. size 14 fits me perfectly. i guess i will finish it tomorrow.

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    Sep 1, 2009, 12.29 PMby miss-g

    I’m finishing off my latest JJ blouse – sewing on the buttons. I love this pattern. I’ve used a crinkly white cotton with a flower print. I was going to make full lengh sleeves but changed my mind at the last minute and made them 3/4 length and slighly puffy. Just in time for Spring.

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      Sep 10, 2009, 01.17 AMby sew4my3

      You and AnaJan really do need to put your heads together on the JJ pattern. Both of you are doing such wonderful things with this pattern. I can hardly wait to see your version!

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