This is an out of print Burda envelope pattern that I had to hunt down on an old “print it at home site” but I’m glad I went to the effort! I made something to wear! And, as fate would have it, Burda was having a party last Thursday night so I had a great Burda top for the Burda party.
If it weren’t so hard to track down, I would highly recommend the pattern. It was easy to put together and would have been a weekend project if I hadn’t decided to change the neck from a boat shape to a V shape, a decision that sent me into a dark spiral of bad math, seam-ripping and tears.
The material is a yummy chocolate Vera Wang jersey that I bought on sale from Fabricmart.com FOUR YEARS AGO for a dollar a yard. Note to self: Yeah for a big fabric stash!
I made the skirt, too. Two years ago for a Valentine’s Day date. The shirt I made to go with it was a fail. Worn once and never again. But the skirt lives on!
Sadly, my posing techniques are in need of some improvement. Here, Jonah shows me the way:
This was a quick pattern to construct but I was underwhelmed by the results. I made it too long to begin with but I think I picked the wrong knits, too. Those baggy pockets are simply unattractive. Also, since I don’t use a serger, there are also a lot of exposed seams. I wanted something to wear to the sewing conference—back in AUGUST–over my maxi dress and I’m glad I had it with me: it packed up into a tiny ball with no wrinkling and several of the conference rooms were freezing. But I haven’t worn it since.
Cardigans are essential in a wardrobe though, especially in the city where layers are vital. I find myself in an interesting situation: I cruise the Internet for cardigan patterns and always come back to this one. So I’m going to put it in my queue for sewing up again. I’ll shorten it, pick a more structured knit, and use some fun binding for the seams.
Seriously, folks. I am too embarrassed to even show you how the fabric has been stacking up around my bedroom. But when I came across this piece on Fabric.com, I didn’t second-guess adding to my cart. The color is a more saturated teal than the pic captures. It is beautiful.
Often, my stash full of un-realized projects haunts me. But this piece of fabric brings only joy to my sewing nook.
This is a free pattern I stumbled across last week, here. Maxwell has some knit gloves but his fingers were bright pink by the time we strollered from one location to another. So, I grabbed an ill-fitting sweater of Jonah’s and some thin stretch fleece from my Christmas stocking project two years ago.
The directions are pretty easy although the pattern pieces are for adults. Also, I had to stitch the fleece lining to the outer sweater along the seam at the thumb and the tip of the fingers. Otherwise, the inside twists around and becomes a bit difficult to negotiate when my little guy takes them off.
More cute pictures.
Two thumbs up:
Somshow this version fits bigger which makes very nervous about cutting into my fashion fabric. But too big can be fixed. Too small cannot.
Problems behind the collar have to be fixed.
Sizing down an adult size to a Maxwell size.
I have to perfect my dart construction to make this pattern work but so far, I think the fit is looking pretty good.