Showing posts from September 4, 2022

BurdaStyle Magazine July 2022 Top 119 ~ Side Drape Knit Top

During the month of July, while in the midst of a long stretch of 100 degree + days, I sewed this simple sleeveless knit top. I liked that it provided more coverage than a tank top, but would keep me just as cool.    The pattern is top 119 from the July 2022 BurdaStyle magazine.  I found the drape below the armhole opening interesting, but wasn't sure if it would feel or look awkward when worn.  I knew the design needed a soft knit, like a rayon knit. Not wanting to use one of my "good" rayon knits until I was sure I liked the top, I used a lightweight floral knit that I purchased as a precut bundle from Walmart.  This one was two yards for four dollars.   I'm sure it's a polyester, which was fine with me as I only wanted to test the pattern. Turned out I liked it enough that I wore this top frequently during the heat wave.   The top has a two dot rating. According to the magazine, that means "easy to sew, but more time-consuming".  I think that depends

Itch to Stitch Melrose Top ~ A Short, Boxy Woven Tee

Even though the calendar tells me it's early September and the stores are filled with "It's Fall Y'all" merchandise, it's too early to pull out the sweaters and cardis.  And I've never been a fan of Pumpkin Spice :-)  Because the temps will be warm here for quite some time, I'm beginning to transition to fall by sewing a few easy-to-wear tops.   Right now, that means loose-fitting, woven tees.  Such as this one, the Melrose Top from Itch to Stitch. The pattern was released in 2019, I purchased it soon after, and am FINALLY sewing one!  It includes a dress and a longer version of the top, each with an elasticated waist.  I was most interested in View C, a relaxed-fit top with a bias bound round neckline, dolman sleeves with cuff, and a bottom band.  Many of the Itch to Stitch patterns offer cup sizes, this pattern included.  I've sewn quite a few from this designer, and know I can trust the measurements provided. For this version, I choose to go up

BERNINA Facebook Live on Sept. 13 ~ Enhancing Your Personal Style as You Age

 If you're a Facebook user, mark your calendar for Sept. 13 at 2 pm CST when I join BERNINA of America Manager of National Events, Jeanne Delpit, as we talk about enhancing your style as you age. Here's the link: Hope to have you join us!