Thursday, September 25, 2014

Burdastyle Easy Magazine Faves and mini-update

Hello everyone!

Oh ME! Oh MY!  I hope you are having a good week!  I have been putting in lots of sewing time, yet have nothing to show for it (for now).

My S1805 top needs a bit more work and adjusting in order to get the fit tweaked.  My jeans...SIGH! My muslin looked so good y'all, and I have been fiddling with the crotch curve for the last three days, and I cannot get my butt to look like it is NOT sucking in the fabric!!  The sad part is, I don't have enough fabric to re-cut the back, as I thought I could.  Hopefully, I can get it to look decent with what I have already done.

I have been watching some Youtube videos, and came across this one, talking about a crotch curve correction.  It is supposed to help you measure your own "down there" depth, and come up with a curve tailored to your individual shape.  I hope this is my answer.  I will know soon enough.

On the good side, I am grateful for all the things I am learning.  And, I am grateful for sewing magazines that come in the mail, like the new Burdastyle Easy Autumn Winter 2014!!!!

This magazine is a step-down version of Burdastyle, geared toward the beginner sewist (or anyone needing a little more hand-holding throughout the sewing process).  There are not as many patterns in this version, but the instructions are far more detailed than Burdastyle.  It is only published twice a year, and so far, I find it to be a keeper (for me).

For now, Burda magazines seem to be an item I enjoy perusing, but have not done much else with.  I like a lot of the styles, have a LONG list of "one day I will sew them" items, but have not been able to squeak in a project yet. 

That said, here are my favorites for this one:

This fitted mini-peplum jacket is just awesome!!!  Dress it up, dress it down, dress it however you like.  I love the textured fabric they have used, but it would look great in a number of fabrics, from solid to prints.

I find this jacket to be so intriguing.  The exposed slanted zipper is unique and a fun detail.  

This Peplum blouse has a bateau neckline,and slightly extended shoulders.  It has those same slanted seams again, and the imitation leather look gives this top an edgy feel.  I really like this top, but didn't care for the way it fit the model:

Do you ever hesitate to sew a pattern when the garment looks ill-fitting on the model?  I do, but probably because if I do get into working with the pattern, and find it to be terribly drafted, I often don't know how to fix. it.

How do I love this?  Let me count the ways!  

It really has the silhouette of a sheath, but it's a jacket!!  The length is wonderful, and I love all the visual interest created on the bottom!

My last fave is this mini skirt.  Now, why you would need a total of four exposed zippers, I don't know, but I don't care!!  I think the seaming on this skirt is gorgeous (see below), and it would be very flattering.

Overall, I had more likes than dislikes for this issue, and that is always good.  In fact, that is pretty much what I aim for when deciding whether or not I will continue subscribing to a particular sewing magazine.  So, this one is a keeper.

Stay sew-filled!


  1. I think I am going to get the October issue and this one. There are some CUTE patterns!!

    I am like you in that if it is ill fitting on the curve-less model; I am afraid of what will happen when I make it!! :)

    1. I agree! I really want to make the peplum jacket!!

  2. Nice selections! I love that little skirt!

  3. Sorry to hear about your jeans! Crotch curve fitting sounds brutal. You should make a little pick-me-up from the Burda ;)

  4. Thanks for that little Burda Easy peek. I like the peplum jacket too.

  5. I have to say it: girl, cut and sew those jeans!! You'll agonize and over-fit until you're blue in the face. After my fifth jeans muslin I threw caution to the wind and went for it. It was the right decision!

    I want that Burda Easy edition! Where can I get it??

  6. Thanks, L! : ) My jeans are already cut out, I am just doing some final tweaks.

    For Burda Easy, you can get it from GLP News. They carry all the translated Burda magazine subscriptions, as well as the specialty versions (like this one).

  7. I love Burda patterns but omg they are so complicated at times. I hope you'll be able to get your jeans to fit right.


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