On the Sewing Table

With shortened days and holiday preparations, a photo shoot of my latest garment hasn’t been possible yet. While I search out some time with the husband at home, I’ve started on the next project.

 

Source: burdastyle.com via Anna on Pinterest

 

 

Last week, while attending one of my bookclubs, I picked up the BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook. It’s been so fun to see all the contributions and read about them on various blogs and I just can’t wait to try my hand at the patterns. For the first go, I’ve chosen the blouse and plan to embroider the embellishment lines on the front and back pieces. I haven’t done much embroidery but I stumbled upon this wonderful blog with tutorials on every imaginable stitch. It’s such a great resource that I wanted to share it with you.  Sarah’s still adding to it too, so I look forward to watching the progress.

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8 Comments to “On the Sewing Table”

  1. Very cool. I just got my Burdastyle Handbook int he mail and I haven’t even planned out what to do next. But like you said, it’s been great to read about the contributions and such. Happy stitching!

  2. This book was kind of under my radar, and I’m interested that you got it and seem to like it. I was kind of ‘meh’ about the patterns. Do you think the instruction section is worth having, if I’ve got the Colette Sewing Book and Fit for Real People?

    • I felt like the blouse pattern had “good bones” and I’ve been on the hunt for long sleeved blouses. I’ll probably end up making some variation of the dress (definitely without the ruffle) and the jacket but not immediately. To answer your question: No, if you weren’t crazy about the patterns then I don’t think the instructions would bring anything new to the table. It might be of interest to borrow it from a friend or the library to look at the pattern manipulations but other than that…

      • Thanks for that info! I took a look at the promo video and other materials, and read a review that said you STILL have to add in the seam allowances on these patterns. Geez – what do they have against printing the pattern with the seam allowance included? It’s one of the things that has always frustrated me about Burda patterns – and I used to sew a lot of them, back in the day.

        • Considering that the book is all about making your own version, I have to side with Burda on this one. It’s much easier to be accurate when making major pattern modifications/revisions without the seam allowances. Although I agree that it can be a pain to add them on (especially when working with slippery fabrics). However, since you’re having to trace these off a master pattern, you can add them right to the traced paper which is nicer than the print-at-home deal.

  3. Thanks for explaining that – I never thought of it! Looking forward to seeing what you make!

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