Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Burda Style Patterns, A New Journey

One of the perks of being chosen as one of Burda's Top 50 Bloggers is receiving 5 free Burda patterns. Now, I must confess, I have never used a Burda pattern. How could I have possibly gotten to this point in my life and never used a Burda pattern?!!! Well, that's about to end and I am super excited about the patterns that I chose
First up is this fabulous motorcycle jacket. I love the lines and the collar.
You can find the pattern here, http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/asymmetrical-moto-jacket-112013
I thought this pair of pants was rather interesting. I actually tried a pair on that was very much like this pant while I was in Houston. So I at least have an idea of how they will fit.
You can find the pattern here, http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/crossover-pants-112013
I LOVE this cape and it will be the first piece that I make. Great for throwing on over just about anything.
Here's a link to that pattern, http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/drawstring-cape-032013
The last 2 patterns that I chose are from the same collection.
I really like this blouse. It will work with skirts, jeans and look great under a jacket. You can find the pattern here, http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/gathered-shirt-blouse-102012
The pocket detail on this skirt is what drew me in.
Here's the link to the pattern, http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/flared-skirt-102012
I can't wait to sink my teeth into this pattern.
As I said, I really liked all the patterns from this collection and I think I will purchase the pattern below. What a cute topper for skinny pants. You can see the entire collection here.
Many of you have lots of Burda experience. Do you have any advice you might like to pass along???

Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday Morning Inspiration

The Sewaholic Robson Trench Coat sew along begins a week from today, so I thought a little trench coat inspiration might be in order. Whether you are sewing along with me this December or just think you might make a trench in the future, I think I found some ideas that will make your trench extra special.
I love the idea of just the front panels being a traditional trench and the rest of the coat done in wool.
 Or how about this for a fun idea?
The sleeves and collar are accented and rather than a traditional belt, maybe one with a little more of a military influence.
I thought this was super cute with the swingy peplum.
 Making the panels out of wool gives this little short version a very slender look.
A lovely ombre effect.
 This coat also has an ombre effect, but what I really like is the addition of the lace. So pretty.
How about some  non traditional fabric choices?

The coat below is not a trench, but I love the fabric and I especially like the idea of a stripe with a psychedelic applique.
Floral pattern, perfect for spring.

Or....if you dare...a see through version.

An all out feminine lace trench. 

Now this is over the top lace!!!

Love this fabric!
Trench designed by Jillian Lewis of Project Runway worn by Beyonce. It may not keep your dress dry in the rain, but you'll look great!!!

The Robson Trench is not lined, but during the sew along, I will talk about lining the coat. What about a faux fur lining?!!
 Or a super cute border print?
 Now this trench covers trim and lining. How special is this coat????
  A few other ideas for trimming.
  This coat is from Chanel, of course :)
 How about a little peekaboo touch?
 Or...you could forgo the traditional buttons and add a zipper.
 This is not a trench, but it gave me an idea. Chop the coat off at the hips and add a circular skirt.
  Maybe do some lacing details.
 And for a little ahhhhh :) We can't leave out our little best friend.
 So precious :)

Now you can make a trench for yourself and your little dog too!!!
Hope your week is off to a lovely start :)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday Night Reflections

When the Japanese mend broken objects, 
they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold.
They believe that when something's suffered damage and has a history, 
it becomes all the more beautiful.

                                                                                                                  Billie Mobayed

Sunday's Soup

With all the soup recipes that I have posted, I'm sure you can guess that I really enjoy a bowl of soup. Last year, while my husband and I were out skiing, we stopped for lunch and, surprise, surprise, I had a bowl of soup. It was fabulous!!! It was a creamy tomato/cabbage type of goulash. I've thought about that soup ever since and I've decided to try and come up with my own version since the restaurant would not share the recipe. I understand, but I was also quite disappointed. What I decided to do is try out a few recipes and then maybe do a little combining and tweaking until I can find the combination that I like. The recipe I'm sharing today was found on the food.com website. Not what I'm looking for, but it did give me some ideas. The soup as it is, is very good. You can find the original recipe here. I made a few very minor changes. My version is posted below.

Tomato Cabbage Soup

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium onions chopped
4 stalks celery chopped
1 28oz. can of diced fire roasted tomatoes
2 14 oz. cans of Cannelloni beans drained and rinsed
1 small cabbage chopped
3 large carrots chopped
1/4 cup chili sauce
8 cups of water
2 large vegetable bouillon cubes
1 teaspoon of dried basil
1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil in large soup pot. Add onions and celery. Cook until vegetables are tender.
Add remaining ingredients. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

If you would like, chicken sausage makes a nice addition if you would like a non vegetarian version. Saute the sausage until browned. Set aside and add when all other ingredients are added to the pot.
The 1/4 cup of chili sauce makes this soup rather spicy. I love spicy, so it was just right for me. Just start with less and add more a little at the time.

This soup will freeze well.

If by chance you have a creamy tomato/cabbage goulash type soup that you enjoy, leave a link to the recipe, and I'll give it a try. Or, you may also email the recipe to me, sewbussted@yahoo.com.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sleeves On Saturday

Rather than a pretty new sleeve design, I thought we would do something a little more fundamental today. If you are making a lovely tailored jacket, a fitted sleeve is a must in my book. But more and more often these days, fitted sleeves are difficult to find. A fitted sleeve is very easy to draft from a fitted sleeve and something nice to have in your sleeve design notebook.

Drafting The Fitted Sleeve From A Straight Sleeve

Begin with a basic straight sleeve.
Find the elbow. This can be done by measuring from the top of your arm to your elbow. The measurement should be between 11" and 13" depending upon the length of your arm. Square in a line at this point.
 Draw in a line on a separate piece of paper and match the grain line of the sleeve to this line.
 Between the grainline and the edge of your sleeve, at the elbow, divide the line into 3 sections.
 Cut the sleeve on the elbow line and spread 1".
On the lower portion of the sleeve, draw a line up to the second mark. This will create the elbow dart.
The final pattern, and it's just that simple. If you will notice, the center of the lower portion of the sleeve moved when we rotated in the dart. Go ahead and draw in that line on your final pattern. It's a good reference line to have. The grainline is the line that we drew in and matched our original grainline to.
So nothing flashy and pretty today, but as I said, a great piece of sleeve knowledge to have. In the future we will draft sleeves that will need a fitted sleeve, so this will come in handy.
Happy Saturday!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Fabulous Free Pattern Friday

Ahhh, a little normalcy :), a Fabulous Free Pattern Friday entry!!!
Today I have a fun and as always, well almost always, a very simple rectangular design.
I really enjoyed putting this one together. You must use a knit fabric for this top.
The Draped Waterfall Top
The front and the back are the same, after all, it is a rectangle. What gives the top so much drape is the shirring that you see on the left shoulder. The shirring is crated with elastic that is zigzagged to the seam.
The top laid out flat. There's the basic body of the top, 2 sleeves, and a band along the bottom.
Here is how the shape is achieved.
Begin with a basic rectangle. The rectangle should be at least 10" wider than your hip measurement and your desired length. The notch that you see on the left hand side marks an opening for a sleeve and the notch on the right hand side marks the opening for the neckline.

 The top seam line will be sewn and then elastic zig zagged to the seam to create the shirring. The hip opening along the lower edge will be half of your hip measurement. Draw in the curved line. It should be about half way between the bottom of the rectangle and the neck opening.
 The notch along the curved line marks the opening for the second sleeve.
 The final pattern. The lines marked in orange are the seam lines.
You will need to cut 2 of the main body.
Cut 2 rectangles for the sleeves that will fit into the sleeve openings. The sleeve openings should be wide enough for your bicep to go through comfortably. Once the sleeves are in place,taper them so that they will fit your wrist comfortably.
I also added a band to the lower edge, just a rectangle.
I'm planning to wear the top tomorrow, so I will try to get a picture of me in the top.
One last note on the elastic shirring. Cut your elastic half the length of the seam. Stretch it has you zig zag it in place. This will create the shirring.