Blue camo stretch jeans using Vogue 8774!

I have made so many pairs of these jeans, I’ve lost count. It’s one of those patterns that I have altered to fit me the way I like. This time around though, I used a very stretchy blue camouflage denim. There’s probably close to 25% stretch in the fabric. I had originally bought it to make another pair of the Jalie pull-on jeans (shown here). 

The material was a little difficult initially to work with because of the amount of stretch in the fabric. That took a little getting used to. But I do love the results.


This is shown with the Burda Style black turtleneck I made here

This pattern is really a classic jeans pattern. I use a jean button rather than the hook and eye closure in the instructions. If you want a great jeans pattern or want to try something like this for yourself, I think this is a terrific pattern to use. Maybe in another post, I’ll show you what my pattern pieces look like and how I get really reusable pattern pieces for those TNT patterns!

March BurdaStyle Coat

While I was just about ready to give up on the BurdaStyle challenge (to make at least one garment a month from the magazine), I decided I couldn’t quit after just 2 months. So I made this coat which is really nice for Spring.

I used a washable linen blend fabric. I like the style and the fit. This is actually one of the older patterns. It’s 03/2012 #110.

There are in-seam pockets (a must-have) and a pretty simple design. The only problem I had is the lining. I didn’t do a great job cutting it out, so it’s a bit wonky on the inside. This is the kind of thing I can see making again, though.

Next time I’ll do a better job on cutting out the lining. But, this was actually very easy and fairly quick to make. There are no buttons or snaps for closure and the magazine has variations that can be made with the pattern.

Anyway, now I know that I need to pay more attention when cutting out the lining (like making sure the pieces don’t slide around). It’s all a learning experience!

BurdaStyle Pullover

It’s been a long time since I made anything from my collection of Burda Style magazines – but I really like getting them. So, I decided that I should do what many people have done and make at least one thing from the magazine every month. We’ll see how that goes, but anyway…this was the first thing I’ve made from them in quite some time. I always have to start with something easy and this pullover top fit the bill. It’s from 11/2012 #128. 


I used a sweater knit that I had. The only adjustments that I made to the pattern was to raise the neckline by about 2 1/2″ and reduced the width of the cuff bands. Everything else was the same. 


The back is longer than the front, so this is a great top to wear with leggings and the sweater knit just makes it really cozy.



So now that I’ve had success with this, I’ll have to challenge myself and try something with more than just a few pieces!

Finished in time…

My goal in making a Spring coat for myself was to get it done in time for Easter. That almost didn’t happen, because I almost gave up. I used BurdaStyle 7072. It was exactly what I wanted my coat to look like. The only thing is I had a little trouble putting one section together. The side-panel and under-sleeve piece just about did me in. I followed instructions, but as sometimes happens with Burda, the instructions seemed rather skimpy in this area. As a result, I never could get it to go together exactly right. Fortunately, I knew what it was supposed to look like, so I did the best I could and actually hand-sewed the fabric pieces together rather than use the sewing machine. By the time I did the lining, I think I figured out what the instructions didn’t say and that went together by machine pretty easily. In any case, I’m happy with the result (and happier I stuck with it). Usually around here (in the Washington, DC area), Spring, if we have one, can be very short before we go right into summer temperatures. So far, Spring has been exceptionally and unusually cool. 

Anyway, the coat is made from a polyester fabric and the lining is a silky lining fabric. I had both of these in my stash so I was glad to get some use out of both of these pieces. I have enough left to make a skirt so I may do that at a later date.

Otherwise the coat went together very smoothly with no other issues. This is something that I’m not sure I would make again, just because the style is pretty distinct. But I do like it very much.

Spring is in the air…

I’ve been trying to gear up for some spring sewing even though winter has tried to hang on. But now that it seems that the seasons might really be changing, I have a few things planned. I read the Spring fashion edition of InStyle Magazine and got some ideas. One article featured coats which I really liked.

 Then, I found this pattern from Burda Style which I think I’ll try.

In the meantime, I’m working on a navy blue blazer. I still have to attach the lining. So I hope everything goes well for the rest of it. I made really good welt pockets for the first time in my life, so I don’t want to screw-up now!

The goal is to finish this weekend, so I’ll see how it goes.

Completed Burda skirt






This was my last project of 2010 – the BurdaStyle skirt from 9-2010, #106B. It’s referred to as the knee-length “mum” skirt. I really like this. It was easy to sew and I think it can be made in a variety of materials. I made size 42, but it was surprisingly about 2″ too big, so I made adjustments. I based the size on what the chart says in the magazine for my waist measurement. I did make a muslin first. The material I used is a small-wale corduroy; it almost looks and feels like suede. And for once, I did not have trouble inserting the invisible zipper! There is something to be said for taking one’s time and sewing slowly (not to mention being fully awake). The only thing I couldn’t get to work out quite right was the yoke attachment where the two seams aren’t quite even. But, the waist and the hem were even, so one thing improved while another still needs work. Anyway, the only thing the look needs are some knee-high boots, which I don’t have. I’m really lacking in the shoe category, but enough about that.

Now it’s time to plan on what to sew for this new year.

Burda skirt progress


I started making this a few days before Christmas, then picked it up again the other day. It’s the BurdaStyle skirt form the 9/2010 issue (#106B). I really liked it in the magazine, so I thought I’d give it a try. I made the muslin and all went well. The material is a corduroy (I think). I really like the camel color, and I’ve had this material so long, I thought I should use it. I still have to sew the lining and insert the zipper. I’ve never gotten an invisible zipper to go in right the first time (I always mess up one side), so I’m hoping this will be a first-time success.

Burda hooded top





I completed this hooded tunic today. It’s from Burda 12-2009-120. I used a cotton knit fabric I had bought at JoAnn Fabrics a while ago. I made size 42. It was pretty easy to make, but I couldn’t figure out how to attach the facing strip. I read it several times until I just gave up and didn’t bother. I knew how it should look anyway and did not want to continue to waste time trying to figure it out. Other than that, there were no problems. I like that it’s roomy enough for layering. I’d like to make this again out of a solid, more neutral color like it’s shown in the magazine.

Burda success



I completed another garment this morning. It’s BurdaStyle 09-2010-#121 turtleneck. It helps that there’s only three pieces to the pattern, so it’s hard to screw up. I made this from some black cotton interlock I bought at G Street Fabrics. It is so soft and washes well. I’ll review the patterns I’ve completed recently over on patternreview.com when I get a chance. But this turtleneck is great. I want more fabric so I can make more of these. It only took a couple of hours (including tracing the pattern).