Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Bandwagon

Like a lot of other sewing enthusiasts (sorry, I just can't bring myself to use the word "sewist" - I know there's been some debate about this lately!) I signed up for Gertie's Starlet Suit Jacket course on Craftsy a couple weeks ago.  I've never done any tailoring, but I'd like to learn, so I figured this might give me a good introduction. I don't really see myself making the jacket shown in the course though - it's not quite my style.

This is what I have in mind:


Ah - boxy '60s jacket with matching sheath dress!  That's more like it!  Here are some close-ups:

There's a self fabric belt too!

Need to get some gloves.
And a wash and set.

So carefree!

This pattern is Burda Style 7253.  I've never used a Burda pattern (other than the ones in the magazine).  I haven't really taken a look at it yet, but it will be interesting to see if the directions are any less sketchy than the ones in the magazines.

When I bought it a few weeks ago, I also bought this one:

Burda Style 7255

It's labeled as a blouse, but I think the top left one looks more like a jacket:


Here are the blouse and the line drawings:



I think that deep inverted pleat in the back is really interesting!

Have any of you ever used a Burda Style pattern?  What's the verdict?

15 comments:

  1. I love your jacket choice. It will look terrific.

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  2. Great choices! I also signed up for the course when I found a great deal on it. I'm intrigued by tailoring but it will be a while before I watch the videos and make something. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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    1. I think it will be a while for me too. I'm slowly watching the course as an introduction, and then I think when I'm ready to do the project, I'll watch it again and go step by step.

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  3. The sheath/jacket outfit is very chic! I'm sure you'll do a fabulous job.

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  4. Ooh exciting! I'd love to make a jacket on that course but I think I'd better stay in the kiddie pool of sewing for now :)

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  5. Oh my, I didn't know they had vintage styles available! Those are so cute, I love both of them, especially the dress. I can't wait to see what you do with them.

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    1. As far as I could tell, they only have 3 vintage styles: these two, and a '50s fitted skirt with an interesting pleated back vent. Chances are, I'll go back and get the skirt pattern too!

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  6. First of all, I love those wonderful drawings! I think I have to start posing like that. Those styles are wonderful ... can't wait to see what you sew up.

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    1. Aren't they cool? I wonder if there's a way to edit a photo into a drawing like that?

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  7. Burda patterns are great. 100% better than the magazine in terms of instructions. I've recently made a pair of pants and a dress with their patterns and even though they were reasonably complicated they went together easily following the instructions. The sizing is similar ti the magazines too. Love the patterns you've chosen too!

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    1. Fantastic! Thanks for that information! That makes it less scary!

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  8. Love the vintage patterns, the drawings are great! I dressed my Barbie in clothes just like these! Actually, when I did sew my clothes I remember loving Burda patterns.

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  9. These are lovely patterns, with very pretty details. I didn't realise that Burda has such vintage styles.

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  10. [audible gasp]

    These are AMAZING. I can't wait to see your jacket/dress combo! That blouse/jackety thing is adorable, too!

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    1. I think it may be quite a while before I get to them. I'm trying to be good and finish the stuff I've already bought fabric for before I buy more! We'll see how long that lasts!

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