Showing posts from May 3, 2020

A Knit Maxi with Handkerchief Hemline - BurdaStyle 03-2015 Number 122

It only took me five years, but I sewed this FABULOUS knit maxi dress from the March 2015 BurdaStyle magazine. This was one of the designs I immediately marked when the magazine arrived at my home five years ago. I don't know why it took me so long to finally sew the dress. I think I was just so busy with work during the day, and teaching Zumba classes in the evening, that my sewing time suffered. I'd pull out my stack of BurdaStyle magazines every nine months or so, and bookmark what I wanted to sew. Sometimes I'd change my mind on designs I had marked previously, but never on this maxi!  It is dress number 122.  While it's a bit of a fabric hog, it's quite the flattering design. I thought the way it was styled - with the athletic shoes - was cute. That is why I'm wearing my rose gold (leather!) athletic shoes with my maxi dress. Comfy, cute, and trendy. Although can you say it's a trend when it's been a "look" for the past five yea

Wide Leg Polka Dot Pants ~ Vogue 1661 Pattern Review

I love the look of a maxi skirt, but I also love the comfort of pants. Which is why I think my new pants are just about perfect. How wide you ask?  Very wide! Like 54" at each hem wide! The pattern is Vogue 1661 , described as very loose fitting, flared pants with raised waistline and side seam pockets. I hadn't read the description, and couldn't figure out why A and B were different views.  Turns out A has a fly front opening and pleats that are topstitched in place, and B has an invisible zipper in the back with no topstitching on the pleats. IMHO it feels like an attempt to provide two different "views" to justify the high cost of the pattern. Fortunately I purchased it on sale ($6.99 plus shipping) from the website. Another odd thing about this pattern is the sizing. All sizes are included in the envelope, but the sizing is S, M, L, and XL! I understand that for a loose fitting pant with a partial elastic waist, but one with pleats and a zipper?!?