Showing posts from May 1, 2016

Burda 04-2016 117 Trousers

I was intrigued by the 117 trousers in the April 2016 BurdaStyle magazine. Modeled in the magazine twice, they appeared to sit just below the waist with a slightly loose fit through the hip ending just above the ankle. About a week before Hancock Fabrics announced all of their stores would close, I had purchased a floral stretch woven in the "Spot the Bolt" section (oh how I'm going to miss that!) intending to make a pair of skinny jeans.  Instead I used it to muslin these trousers. Am I glad I did as there's some fit issues that I'll take care of with the next pair.   I traced my size based on my current measurements and, as you can see from above, these are quite roomy through the waist, hip and leg area.  Because they ride down, there is excess fabric at the center front crotch area.  The magazine describes these as narrowly cut trousers and on the model they appear to taper near the ankle.  I found they were straight versus tapered. Of course if I would

Craftsy Sewing Kit: Style Arc Gorgeous Gore Skirt

I discovered Craftsy sewing kits a few months and ago, and purchased a few (when they have been on sale) and so far I've been very pleased with the fabric quality.  This is one of those kits: The  Style Arc Gorgeous Gore Skirt . Honestly I purchased the kit because I'm secretly addicted to Style Arc patterns and this Craftsy kit included a printed multi-size copy of the pattern. Sold!   This kit was described as having  1-1/2 yards for the skirt sized 4-18.  There was closer to 1-3/4 yards, which was good as I was able to match the design at the seams (and the edges were cut a bit jagged.)   Because the pattern on the fabric had a large repeat I wasn't able to recreate the Craftsy skirt exactly. But close enough!  The knit skirt consists of six identical flared panels sewn to a yoke. I stitched all the seams using my serger.  The waist is finished with 1/2"elastic.   I wasn't sure which size to sew, and next time I'll go down a size.  I plan on sh