Friday, March 25, 2011

The Laurelle Skirt

Courtesy of Burda Style. The photographs from the pattern creator show rear welt pockets, yet the pattern comes with regular back jeans pockets. I chose the latter. But after sewing them on, I realized they sat way below my butt because they are placed below the rounded seam. Seriously, I looked gangsta. So I took them off and left the rear pocketless.
I used a dark stretch denim from my stash and yellow topstitching thread. Jeans thread was way too thick for my machine.
Sorry for the poor quality shots. It has been raining here in N. California non stop so the lack of sun makes for dark pictures!

There are no instructions (but hey, it's free!) so here are some of my steps in making the skirt:

1. Cut out the pattern. The front pockets are a little confusing. Cut 2 of the jeans material:

And 2 of the pocket lining material minus the pocket opening:

2. Sew the pocket lining to each jeans front.

3. Then flip over, press lining down and topstitch at the pocket opening.

I used my cover stitch on my serger for this and the rear seam, but my Babylock does not work well at all with curves at all and it turned out to be too much of a pain for the fly. So I chalked out the double lines for the fly and stitched it with a single needle on my regular sewing machine. I would have used a double needle, but none of them were wide enough for my liking for denim.
I then sewed the fly using instructions from a Kwik Sew jeans pattern. It's pretty standard steps, except for topstitching the front.

Side View:

I love it. It looks nice with the sleeveless turtleneck I made out of some leftover grey ponte knit and my black boots. Perfect for this rainy weather!

Monday, March 14, 2011

UPDATE: Burda World of Fashion Magazine and How I Avoid Tracing AT ALLCOSTS!

Since I posted my original article on how to scan Burda World of Fashion patterns instead of trace, I have come up with some tweaks and shortcuts, based on my experience and others. This is for all those that HATE to trace the Burda Patterns. Some of you may not like my method. This works for me and if you are a computer nerd like myself, you will probably find this easier than tracing a million lines through carbon paper!

Material Required:
- Highlighter
- Scanner
- Adobe Photoshop or similar
- Scotch Tape
- Scissors

1. Since Burda has reduced the number of pattern sheets, thus making a particular pattern color even more perilous to locate, I first highlight all of the pattern pieces for the pattern I want to trace.

2. Rather than cutting up the pattern pieces, I fold them into 8 x10 rectangles row by row of the sheet and scan them. You want to keep them in 8x10 size as much as possible in order to print onto 8x10 paper and not have any cropping.

 I scan them from Photoshop. Do not resize or they will print out the wrong size.  I print each one as I scan it (to keep track of order).

Keep all of the scans in Photoshop. You will need them later.

Now here is the only tricky part - piecing everything together! I print off to a color printer and this is where the highlighter really helps. You will end up with an exact replica of the pattern sheet:

WAIT. DON'T CUT OUT THE PIECES JUST YET. Pattern pieces for one pattern usually overlap one another on the pattern sheet. Examine your pattern sheet and determine which scans you need to print doubles, triples of etc to cut out overlapping pattern pieces.

Now start cutting :)

And there you go. You now have pattern pieces for your pattern - and an intact original pattern sheet.