Friday, April 22, 2011

Burda Magazine 01-2008-119

Moving to wine country means - a new wine county wardrobe, of course! I've started off with this fairly simple top from Burda Magazine. I had made the top a couple of years ago, but I never liked the all around elastic that went right under the bust. It felt uncomfortable and looked...sausage-y. With this second attempt, I added 2 inches to the upper front and back pieces so the elastic casing is lower. I think it looks much better, in my opinion.

Pattern Description:
This tunic looks very dressy indeed, with the empire waist, seam under scoring it's elegant style. narrow tie bands adorn the plunging (and yes it is!) v-neckline adjusting it as desired.
Pattern Sizing:
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Except for one change, yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
After studying and wrapping my head around as per usual!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Love the vintage-y look, the gathered detailing at the shoulders, under the arms and around bodice. The casing for the drawstring is placed a little oddly. It starts at the , goes under the arms and up to the front neckline. This photo illustrates it better:

The instructions call for you to make your adjustments, then sew down the drawstring where it exits the front neckline. I chose not to do so because depending on what I am wearing underneath, I may want to adjust it differently. Since I lowered the upper bodice, I sewed together the two front bodice pieces where they cross the chest to avoid any gaposis.
I finished the armhole and bottom hems with a serged rolled hem.

Fabric Used:
Polyester chiffon that had a nice border design on it that I thought would be perfect for this pattern. Think I got this from Hancocks.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I had made this pattern up once before and did not like the placement of the elastic right under the chest.

It looked a little too sausage-y on me, if that's a word! Plus I have a long torso. So I added 2 inches to the upper front and back pieces. The elastic falls just above my waist and looks way more flattering.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

For a Burda pattern, this is easy to cut out with only 5 pieces! A perfect top for spring and summer.

Monday, April 18, 2011

We're moving to Napa, baby!

My husband and I have been pretty busy lately and I am happy to finally announce that we are moving -  to Napa!!! It took a long time and years of saving to realize this dream, but we finally found the perfect home in wine country for the two of us. It overlooks the Napa valley and beyond. Check out these views!

It's going to be great to get out of our townhouse condo. Right now, we live about 45 minutes from Napa. We won't be moving for quite some time, though. The home is a mid-century ranch and we are planning to do a complete remodel on it. We kind of HAVE to, that is. It's falling apart in places.

When the inspector turned on the shower in the guest bathroom - water started gushing out of the side of the house!!!

Uh Oh!
But that's all part of the fun!!! At least I think so. We already have a contractor and architect in place and we can't wait to start tearing down some walls! I think a custom designed sewing room is in my future!! I've also started a blog - check out The Napa Project