Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Whaddya mean I need to add seam allowances?!?

Did you know that the patterns in Burda World of Fashion (BWOF) magazine do not include seam allowances?

If you read my reviews on PatternReview you already know that I just found this out!

Now I've sewn from Burda patterns and those do include seam allowances. I guess I made an assumption (tsk, tsk) that seam allowances were included on the patterns in the magazine also.

That explains why the past two skirts I sewed from BWOF were tight. Tight enough that I verified I had traced and cut out the correct size. Come to find out that I had never added seam or hem allowances (she said as she blushed bright red).

Just goes to show that it really doesn't matter how long you've been sewing. There's always more to learn.

By the way, here's a neat little tip that Kristine left for me in the comments section of the BWOF skirt I reviewed on PR:
...the easiest way to trace and add seam allowances at the same time is to take 2 pencils, putting a small piece(s) of cardboard between them to space them your seam allowance amount, then tape the pencils together. One will trace the seam line, while the other will automatically place the cutting line.
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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Here's to the beginning of a long and happy relationship

A toast to my new obsession - Burda World of Fashion magazine.

You know the other day when I vowed to "clear out the clutter" and "use it up" when it comes to my sewing projects?

Well, now I must admit that I'll actually be adding just a wee bit more clutter on a regular basis to my sewing studio.

That's because my sneaky, yet adorable, hubby surprised me with a subscription to Burda World of Fashion (BWOF) magazine. That's right. BWOF will now be delivered to my doorstep every month.

It turns out my hubby had found an ad for BWOF that I had cut out of a magazine and realized it was the magzine that I bought monthly at Treadle Yard Goods. He took the ad, went online, wasn't sure which magazine to order, called the company and said he needed the "sewing magazine", and placed the order.

No more trips to Treadle Yard Goods to pick up the latest issue (which will help tremendously with my vow to not purchase unneeded fabric as that place is bursting with gorgeous fabrics.)

The January issue has already arrived so you'll see me sewing more BWOF in the 2009. Pin It

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Welcome 2009!

Thank you so much for your comments on my berry-licious wool jacket. I've already worn it once and will get a review written in the next few days with all the details.

Welcome 2009
In the meantime, it's only fitting that my first post for 2009 include some goals. Like many people, I've made and broken numerous resolutions over the years.

So I give myself permission to not have resolutions this year. Instead I've been thinking of things I'd like to accomplish this year.

More time with family and friends
There have been more times than I'd like to admit when I would much rather have been home reading a book or sewing a skirt or updating my blog than going to a social event.

However, my family and friends are important to me. If I don't give of myself isn't it rather selfish of me to expect to receive? So in 2009 I'm putting my family and friends ahead of my other busy "stuff".

Less computer time
Over the past year I've explored and used Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr and ...well, you name it. I kept telling myself that as a communications professional I needed to understand these "social media" trends, but that stuff can just suck your time away. So in 2009 I'm limiting my computer time on the social media sites. (But I'm not ready to give up reading all of your blogs - I enjoy that way too much.)

I'm going to look for more volunteer opportunities this year. While I do some volunteering with my clowning and face painting, my heart wants to do more. I don't know what it is yet, but when I find it I'll know.

I've been incredibly blessed and in my past there were many, many people who reached out and helped me. Some of them were "just volunteers" who will never know the impact they had on my life. It's time for me to make a difference in someone else's life.

Clear out the clutter
Simplify. That includes my sewing and crafting "stuff". I've allowed myself to accumulate more than I could ever need. I've made myself feel better by calling it a collection, but honestly when I have that much to choose from it blocks my creativity. Now I know some of you have bigger collections that I do and that's fine. Like I said, for me it's overwhelming.

Use it up
The past few days when I've sewn I have used only items that I had on hand. And I plan on doing so for as long as I can. It feels good to use a few pieces of fabric and have a bit of open space in the closet. For now I won't be adding more than the basics (thread, interfacing, etc.) to my sewing collection.

Oh who am I kidding? Y'all know I'm going to buy some spring Vogue patterns when they're on sale ....

So what do I want to master this year? I think for me I'd like to try and slow down. Choose a project not by the amount of time it will take me to complete it, but by what the end result will be.

My main sewing goal for this year is to complete the coat I began with the Great Coat Sew Along. My size changed as I began the project so my first muslin no longer fit. I have yet to begin a muslin in a new size but I think that would be a great accomplishment for this year.

Eating and exercise
What would a new year goal be like without some mention of diet and exercise! My goal is simply to maintain my healthy eating choices and to ramp up my exercise in an effort to remain strong and healthy.

Happy New Year to all of you. Pin It


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