Burda Style 01-2020-107A – Woven Hoodie

This top caught my attention when I first saw it in the Burda Style magazine. I thought how fun to have a relaxed style woven top with a hood. The buttoned cuffs dress it up a little. The top is my most recent project as part of the Minerva Maker team. I chose a soft and drapey Lady McElroy viscose challis from Minerva to make this top. I think the roses are a wonderful contrast to the black and white stripes.

The tie is cut on the bias. In the past I would have stayed away from turning such a long and narrow tie but ever since I purchased the Prym Turning Set I don’t think twice about it. The set comes with 3 different sized fabric turners. It took me less than a minute to turn the tie for this top. I don’t remember where I learned of the turning tools but am so glad I now have them.

The viscose challis has a good drape which is needed for the hood. The pattern does not call for it, but I chose to add lining to the hood. Had I not done so I would have sewn the center seam with a French seam. Since the top is printed and the print does not come through on the wrong side, I thought a solid colored lining would be nice. I had some silk charmeuse in my stash that matched some of the roses. I cut the lining using the two hood pattern pieces and sewed the center seam the same as I had done previously. I placed the wrong sides of the two hoods facing each other and basted the edges together. I then sewed the hood as one piece and went back to following the instructions.

This top is unique and unlike anything I currently have in my closet. I enjoy experimenting with different styles.

The sun came out from behind a cloud just as my fashion photographer was taking this picture. I like the look of my shadow behind me.

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Vogue 9264 – Ponte Knit Dress

It’s still 2020 here in California so I thought I would make one last post for the year. I’ve been sewing but not taking time to blog or take pictures.

I purchased this pattern with plans to make View A in a printed stretch velvet. Last fall my friend Jennifer was cleaning out her stash of fabrics and gave me a large piece of a very good quality ponte knit. I wanted a pattern that would make the most of the fabric and Vogue 9264 came to mind.

I love the sleeves on this dress. The princess seams are flattering and helpful if you need to make any adjustments to the size. The only change I made to the pattern was to lengthen View A by 10 inches. There are no fasteners on this dress. It slips on comfortably.

Even if I didn’t have any event to wear many of the clothes I made in 2020, I enjoyed thinking of where my fashion photographer and I would go with me wearing my latest me-made piece of clothing.

As we say goodbye to 2020 and look forward to 2021, it is with hope that I wish you and yours a happy and healthy 2021. I appreciate you taking the time to read my blog. Stay safe!

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Vogue 9285 – Jewel Tone Blouse

I’ve had both the pattern and fabric in my stash for a while. I had not put the two together until last month. Still working from home, I’ve been adding tops to my wardrobe. I added some much needed solid tops so it was time to sew up a print. When I was going through my selection of printed polyester, Vogue 9285 came to mind as soon as I saw this fabric. I’m glad I was inspired because I’m very happy with the result.

The collar and wide cuffs are the reasons I purchased this pattern.

I didn’t make any changes to the pattern. Normally I would have added one inch to the length of the sleeves but there was no need to do this.

My inventory of tops has increased in the past 9 months. From casual to dressy, I’ve enjoyed sewing and wearing each and every one of them.

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Vogue 8833 – Wrap Blouse

How is everyone doing? It has been over a month since I wrote a blog post. I’ve been sewing but haven’t taken the time to update my blog. I also have a few finished projects that still need to be photographed. I made this wrap top as part of the Minerva Maker team. This beautiful Lady McElroy crepe fabric was gifted to me by Minerva in exchange for a blog post on their website, minerva.com

I’ve wanted to sew Vogue 8833 for a few years but somehow I never got around to it. So many patterns, so little time. When I saw this crepe on Minerva’s website I knew I wanted to make this top with it. The pattern offers sleeve and collar variations but what caught my attention were the princess seams. They are not obvious in the pictures of my top because of the print but you can see them below in the line drawings from the pattern. The princess seam provide a nice shape to the top as well as fitting opportunities.

I like the fit of the top very much. People have asked me if the front gapes or stays closed. It stays closed securely. The top is very comfortable to wear. I like the depth of the neckline and I think the collar gives it a polished look. I didn’t make any alterations to this pattern.

Now that I’ve finally made this I plan on sewing other views from the pattern, especially a sleeveless version.

Thanks for stopping by to read my blog. I hope to be updating it with more of my completed projects in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime I hope this finds you safe and well.

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Burda Style 01-2020-103 – Faux Suede Jacket

This faux suede jacket is my recent Minerva Maker project sewn with fabric gifted to me by Minerva.com. The fabric is buttery soft and was very easy to work with. The color I chose is called “Stone.”

I had noticed this pattern in the January 2020 Burda Style magazine. The magazine version was also sewn with faux suede. I had this jacket on my mind when I saw the faux suede on Minerva’s website.

I like the wrap style of the jacket. There are no fasteners but the jacket stays closed, which isn’t always the case with this style of jacket. I think the choice of faux suede helps keep the jacket closed. It’s “grippy” and doesn’t slip as much as other fabrics.

This jacket was easy to sew and the directions were straightforward for Burda Style. I removed one inch from the lower sleeve band. I normally have to add 1 inch to the length of jacket/coat sleeves but I could see these were plenty long for me. I could have removed another half inch as the sleeves are a little long for me. I chose to interface the sleeve bands. The pattern does not call for this but I thought the bottom of the sleeve might be too flimsy/floppy without the interfacing.

I lined the jacket with a leopard print satin.

I changed the belt carriers. The pattern called for very thin carriers to be sewn together in the side seams. I created more traditional belt carriers and centered them over the marking for the original carriers.

This was a fun project to sew and I’m pleased with my new jacket.

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Friday Pattern Company – Adrienne Blouse

Without any real plan for fall/winter sewing I’m sewing whatever inspires me. I’ve wanted to make the Adrienne Blouse by Friday Pattern Company for a couple of years but it never seemed to make it to the top of my to-sew pile. I’m still in need of some solid colored tops so it was time to get this one done.

The fabric is a crepe knit from Minerva that I purchased during the summer. The fabric has a nice weight and great recovery. This top is fitted so I didn’t want a knit that was too thin.

Speaking of fitted top, my measurements put me at a size small. I had read that there was quite a bit of negative ease with this pattern but I stuck with my plan to sew the small size. My small version wound up in the donation pile. I sized up to a medium and am much happier with the fit.

The weather is starting to get cooler here so with this top I declare that fall sewing has officially begun.

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Burda Style Tops To Finish Off My Summer Sewing

These two tops are the last of my summer 2020 sewing. The weather is still warm here on the Central Coast of California and I’ve already worn these tops, but fall is on the way and I’ve started to think of my sewing projects while taking out my fall fabrics.

I’ve been working from home since March and dressing more casually than I normally would for work. After working from home for a while I realized I needed more solid color casual knit tops.

Burda Style 07-2019-119 caught my eye after seeing a fellow sewist review it on PatternReview.com. I like the knotted sleeve detail. I think it elevates this top from being a plain t-shirt.

The next top I made was Burda Style 05-2020-106. I purchased this cotton border print last summer with a summer top in mind. The fabric goes from solid red to solid pink on the edges. I thought it would be fun to play with pattern placement.

The sleeve is completely lined by cutting the bottom of the sleeve on the fold. Instead of hemming the sleeve you fold it to finish the bottom. I hope I explained that in a way that can be understood. I’m not sure how else to explain it. My website is not known for being very technical.

This boxy top has side tabs with D-rings that allow you to cinch in the sides as tight or as loose as you want. The only change I made to this top was to sew 4 buttons instead of the 3 called for in the instructions.

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Vogue 9312 – Knit Summer Dress

Vogue 9312 is my most recent Minerva Makers project. For a while I’ve been on the lookout for a black and white print with which to make this dress. I chose a buttery soft jersey from Minerva that worked very well for this style of dress.

It’s not obvious in my pictures but there is a keyhole opening that gets created when you tie the front ties. The keyhole is not as large in my pictures because I cinched up the ties to raise the neckline. Loosening the ties lowers the neckline and broadens the keyhole. The pattern pictures show the keyhole more clearly.

I sewed View B and added 3 inches to the length. For reference, I’m 5 feet 7 inches. Adding the length was the only change I made to this pattern.

I like the depth of the neckline in the back. I sewed this dress with warm summer days in mind so the lower neckline will be appreciated. There is 3/8″ elastic encased in the empire seam. I often don’t find the elastic necessary in knit dresses but in this case I think it helps with the fit without looking like it’s gathered by elastic.

Fall is officially here but I’m still sewing for summer. I have a couple of simple pieces that I want to get done before embarking on my fall sewing. I have my first fall piece in queue waiting its turn. The weather here on the Central Coast of California will be warm enough to wear my summer wardrobe for a few more weeks so it’s still inspiring to sew for summer.

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Burda Style 02-2017-106A – Silk Flounce Top

I found this green silk in my stash while organizing my fabric a couple of months ago. I don’t know where or when I bought it but it was too beautiful to go back in the pile. I was determined to sew it this summer.

While going through my Burda Style magazines for inspiration, I came across this pattern and thought it would be perfect for the drape of the silk.

Fortunately this pattern was part of the “Sewing Course” section of the magazine. This section provides detailed illustrations and construction of the featured pattern. The top was not difficult to sew but I don’t know if I could have figured out how to attach the flounces without the step-by-step instructions.

I didn’t make any changes to the pattern except for raising the back opening by a couple of inches. Now that the top is finished I realize the opening in the back would not have been necessary. The top would easily slip over my head without it.

I like how the flounces turn this into a fancy tank top that can be dressed up or down. It’s a great addition to my summer wardrobe AND I sewed up another piece of fabric from my stash. Woo hoo!!!

Fall is shaping up to be pretty much like spring and summer and it looks like we’ll be hanging around the house some more. Though I’ve started thinking of sewing for fall, I’m still inspired by my summer fabrics and patterns so I’m going to keep sewing for summer for a while longer.

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Burda Style 07-2020-114 – Boxy Knit Top

This is the first year that I don’t have a sewing plan. I normally have patterns and fabrics lined up and ready to sew. I like having a plan as I look forward to seasonal clothing needs, events, and travel plans. Though I have sewn a few items as if we were going to be attending an annual event, I’m mostly sewing whatever inspires me at the time.

When I saw this knit top in the July 2020 Burda Style magazine, I thought it had some interesting details. I’m still working from home so knit tops have pretty much become my work uniform these days.

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I like the asymmetrical neckline and pleats. The sleeves are also interesting. They have a separate pattern piece sewn to create a cuff that you can make with or without contrasting fabric.

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This top was made entirely with leftover fabric from previous projects. The body is ponte and the contrast sleeve bands are lace underlined with satin. I organized my fabric earlier this summer and found quite a few pieces that can be used for smaller projects.

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We still have a couple of months of warm weather coming up here on the Central Coast of California so I’m going to keep looking at my summer patterns and fabrics to come up with my next projects.

In the meantime I hope this finds you safe and well.

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