Burda – a challenge

Don’t let these pictures fool you, it is still supercold around here, and right after we took these pics I put my sweater and winter coat back on…

There is a Burda challenge going on in blogland where you have to make an item from the previous issue of BurdaStyle magazine before you can buy a new one. I admire the ladies that enter this challenge because I am a hoarder when it comes to patterns. I download, print, buy, pin them but then easily forget about them and go for a new one before even making the patterns I got earlier…

Anyway, last month I was in Bilbao again, shopping for fabric for my husband’s wedding shirt. The fabric we wanted wasn’t in stock but we did find a nice piece of fun summer fabric in the remnants bin with my name written all over it:

You can’ t really tell from this picture, but this is neon-green!

 I wanted a quick win after the struggling I had with my Violet, so I thought I’d go with an easy top. I went through all my patterns and Burda magazines and settled on this one.Burda 07/2012 #116.

Never trust a pattern where the model is shown lying down…

I remeasured myself and went for the right size this time, but I still felt like the top was way to big. So I took in the raglansleeves and took a whole bunch from the side seams and then, just as I was about to enter the home stretch, or so I thought, I cut in my fabric. Not just a little cut close to a side, NO, a big gash in the middle of the fabric. I hate it when things go wrong… 
So, I put my peanut to work and came up with a solution, not a perfect solution, but a solution anyway… So that explains that little strap hanging from the front… It’s just a cover-up… But shh, don’t tell anyone please!

I’m still not satisfied with the neckline after adding a lot of pleats (1 in the center front, one on each sleeve and 2 in the back) and I think I know how to fix it (by adding 2 more pleats 😦  ) , but I’m a bit tired of removing and re-attaching bias-strips for a while, so I’ll just leave it like this for now…
What was supposed to be a quick top took me several hours (days), and a lot of headaches and almost a heartbreak thinking I had ruined my great fabric…


So I guess there is more than one way to interpret a Burda-challenge…

My man´s new shirt

One of the fabrics from my Birthday Batch was a blue plaid, sought out by my husband for the shirt I promised him more than a year ago.

I used this pattern, view E, the cowboy version. I made him the smallest size, and although I like the way it fits around his body, the sleeves are to short and the collar is too narrow, the upper button doesn’t close without him choking, which could come in handy in the future, but for now I enjoy having him around… (Just kidding!) So next time I’ll be sewing a bigger size.

On this blog I saw another version of this shirt, and I really, really like it. I’ll try to remember next time to cut the yokes and pockets on the bias. I messed around a lot trying to line up the stripes, but it didn´t work out entirely. I’ll also have to buy more fabric next time if I want to put the bias-plan into action…

He was very excited about having his own photoshoot, he kept inventing new poses and wouldn´t let me stop taking pictures, so here they are: my man (Am I not the luckiest girl in the world?) and his shirt…