Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A Few Random Things

It's taking me way longer than I'd planned to finish my current sewing project. It's actually more of an ensemble piece - a button front shirt and drawstring waist shorts. I'm using a 1970s Kenzo pattern to make the outfit and the shirt was quite complicated to make. Now I just have to finish the shorts!

Onto another topic: I love Burda Style. Let me re-phrase that: I am IN LOVE with Burda Style!

It is such an amazing place to see mind-boggling creative sewing projects and meet other fellow sewing enthusiasts. I've been sewing for a really long time and can't believe that I just joined about a month ago! I'm kind of ashamed to admit that I haven't ever used a Burda sewing pattern to make anything...yet! ;)

Every week, the staff features a few members' projects on the main page. Here are a few of my current favorites (they are all incredibly inspiring!):

1960s sleeveless wool dress by Lily_Bart. Impeccably made from a 1960s Vogue Couturier pattern - need I say more?

Large Pocket Work Skirt by The House of Hearts. Super-cute skirt with cheerful yellow pockets made from reclaimed fabric. Perfection!

Chocolate Viscose Blouse by baroness. Amazingly too-cool-for-school mod blouse with matching orange gingham (!) fabric buttons and neck scarf. I need one of these!

Black, white and plaid blouse by smbriones. Gingham again, this time used to make a neat-o mod blouse with a Peter Pan collar and bow tie! To die for!

Maryy variation dress by tinybows. This seamstress churns out the most amazing creations at an enviable pace. And they all look just as cool as this 1990s grunge-style halter dress!

And onto another completely unrelated subject....I'm not sure if I have many (if any) Australians who read this blog, but it seems to me that home sewing is HUGE in Australia! I also have a vintage sewing pattern shop on Etsy, and at least half of my sales are from Australians. So I'm curious - is there a home sewing revolution going on in Australia? I'm hugely interested in the topic of home sewing, so if anyone can shed some light, I would appreciate it!


  1. yay, that's me there! thank you very much for the praise! ;) BurdaStyle is a fantastic source of inspiration, just yesterday I saw a free tutorial on how to make a gorgeous summer hat. I can't wait to get started on it.

  2. That large floppy summer hat? Yes - that is super-cool!!! I look forward to seeing it when you finish!

  3. Hi! I've just diverted to your blog from Iro Iro's... and got thoroughly distracted by those romper patterns... they're great! I've been meaning to make one too!
    But to stay on track, I'm an Aussie and I'd have to say that there are a lot of sewers coming out of their closets lately, and I think there's also a greater investment in crafted pieces and the local design scene occurring... in melbourne at least!

  4. Thank you so much for including me in one of your posts! I am IN LOVE with BurdaStyle as well. I spend way to much time on there just looking at other people's creations it is so inspiring.
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend :)