Friday, November 29, 2013

Back in the Sewing Room

I must be crazy, because for my first project after the big one, I am cutting into velvet.  The other designs/fabric that I had in mind were just not motivating me, so I decided to go with the one that kept drawing me in, although I am quite sure there will be some grumpy moments while fiddling with velvet.

This will be the second Burda pattern I have worked with, and since it is a fitted skirt, I decided I needed a muslin.

I love the images on the front of vintage reproductions (and this is no exception), but the Burda line drawings leave me a bit cold.  For instance, the neckline on the fashion sketch looks fabulously high and chic, but the technical rendering looks like any other standard sheath dress.  I was, however, pleasantly surprised to find that the pattern tissue creates something much more akin to the dress the lady with the high hair is wearing. 

I have been feeling rather lazy these past few days, so it feels good to get back into creative mode.

And, of course, I have been knitting!  There is something about cold weather that lends itself to a pair of needles and wool yarn.  Tino has been super snuggly lately, and knitting is something that will not disturb the sleeping Chihuahua on my lap.


  1. I have been in the same mood: just finished a project that took longer than I expected, although with wonderful results. I just have not wanted to dive into the next project and have been diverting myself with useful yet less important tasks. What is it that impels us (okay, me) toward one project and not another for a while? I really do want to be engaged in my next sewing adventure, but am skirting the mental and technical preparations.
    Yes, the technical illustration isn't what draws me in--it's the drawing of the model, with more waist definition, and the self-fabric flower embellishment, her stance, the neckline, the gloves. Am eager to see how this turns out. It looks like a great start. Lovely even in the muslin!

  2. This will be beautiful in velvet--what kind and what color? I found that basting before sewing was the one thing that tamed the wild velvebeast--even with a walking foot. Plus a needleboard for pressing--but I'm sure you are already way ahead of me on that! Can't wait to see the finished product!

    1. I have actually been working on a post about working with velvet without a needle board and walking foot since I do not own either!

  3. This is going to be absolutely beautiful!! I hope your enthusiasm keeps up once you start with the velvet. It's definitely going to be worth it!

  4. That pattern will look beautiful in velvet. Looking forward to seeing this new creation of yours.
    (We were given those same sheets you are using for a muslin, as a wedding gift 32 years ago!)