Tag Archives: Burda

weekly photo challenge: lines-patterns

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He-he!  What an interesting and thought-provoking group.  All are basic elements of sewing, and most crafts, as well as painting, photography, sculpture, and other arts.

While looking up each word, I discovered they’re all used as verb or noun, and sometimes one or the other isn’t what’s generally thought of.

Dug deep into the shoebox and pulled out some photos from 2008 & 2009.  Hope you enjoy!

Shape, v.t. pret. shaped; pp. shaped or shapen.  1. To form or create.
Shape, n. [OE. shap, schap, AS. sceap in gesceap creation, creature, fr. the root of scieppan, scyppan, sceppan, to shape, to do, to effect;]  1. Character or construction of a thing as determining its external appearance…

Line, v. t. 1. To cover the inner surface of; as, to line a cloak with silk or fur; to line a box with paper or tin.
Line, n. [OE. …prob. from L. linea a linen thread, string, line, fr. linum flax, thread, linen, cable; but the English word was influenced by F. ligne line, from the same L. word linea.] 1. linen thread or string; a slender, strong cord; also, a cord of any thickness; a rope; … a clothesline; a towline.

Tex”ture, v. t.  To form a texture of or with; to interweave.
Tex”ture, n. [L. textura, fr. texere, textum, to weave: cf. F. texture.] 1. The act or art of weaving. 2. That which woven; a woven fabric; a web.

Pat”tern, v. t. 1. To make or design (anything) by, from, or after, something that serves as a pattern; to copy; to model; to imitate.
Pat”tern, n. [OE. patron, F. patron, a patron, also, a pattern.]  1. Anything proposed for imitation; an archetype; an exemplar; that which is to be, or is worthy to be, copied or imitated; as, a pattern of a machine.

Link to WordPress Challenge here.

weekend update

Realized that buttons post might have left some unanswered questions, and we couldn’t have that, sew…

burda blouse button

completed burda blouse button back closure + embroidery
completed burda blouse button back closure + embroidery

I was faffing about a bit with buttons for the back closure for my burda blouse, then realized what a fab post a sampling of them would be, so I posted a few.  Couldn’t stop faffing, so added some embroidered french knots just because.  Result on the side here, which I’d meant to post after I’d posted the collection. Sorry I forgot!

indie pattern list update

Had a looong think about this list – like how to put it all together alphabetically, be able to update it whenever (added 1 just yesterday), how important it would be for us to know ahead of time the country of origin & if  international shipping was offered, and if offered, is it very expensive.

Decided to do a spreadsheet with those topics & am almost half through the 4 landscape-oriented  pages, Lovely Readers. It takes a bit of time delving into each site to locate the info, and upon occasion I couldn’t locate it.  Please wish me lots of luck with it, and I’ll let you know when it’s posted.  Which brings me to…


Yep, CnS is now on fb, sorta.  Haven’t had much time to explore and add to it; however, if you’d care to like me/follow me, I’d be delighted to have your company!

All for now – cheerio!

burda challenge completed!

completed blouse
completed blouse
will definitely wear casually!

Making this 4-piece Burda pattern has been interesting.  It’s the first time I remember making a sample using an old sheet – always wanted to use an old sheet!

That gave me a healthy sense of freedom, knowing I wasn’t working on expensive fabric, or having to come up with a usable piece of clothing. Should I do some piping? Maybe add lace to the sleeve or hem?  Finally, I decided to add another set of tucks at the neckline, and do a seam up the back, using a button closure.

However, in this case I eventually felt the sheet had a little too much body for the style. I should have used a single knit – like the lovely bamboo jersey I originally planned for this project.  But as the overall style isn’t particularly flattering, I’m glad I stuck with the sheet!

Veddy veddy interesting to finally work on a Burda pattern, and I’m grateful I kept at it and completed this challenge!


learning to speak burda

Finally got blackout curtains up, in my attempt to combat the high heat & humidity pouring thru woefully inadequate single-glazed windows far too early in the season.  That’s a subject for another post… blackout fabric, that is.

Finally time for Burda!  Over lunch – one needs sustenance when tackling A Major Project.  It was that time anyway. A reread of the vitals confirmed my pattern pieces would be in green, so a salad would coordinate nicely. Might keep me on track instead of wandering into the kitchen to look for a snack instead of sticking to it. (It worked.)

Would you believe it took me several days to figure out what to outline with?  I don’t have soft-leaded pencils, except for smeary charcoal, and didn’t want to use highlighters because they bleed straight through the paper.  I know because I tested.   And just in case I actually succeed and want to use more of the patterns, I didn’t want to muck up the other side, with all those other pieces I might want someday!

Then I remembered I’d had coloured pencils, which I might not have tossed before moving, and went in search… sure enough. Even had green.

Did you do those follow-the-dot drawings when you were little?  I did, and loved ‘em.  Burda’s the same thing, but for grown-ups.  Once I stopped trying to do itty-bitty sections at a time, leaning on a book, and cleared my sewing table for a firm surface, things went quickly.  Must say Mel’s post & video was great prep… and I’m dying to get to a hardware store so I can buy some huge nuts just like she uses for pattern weights.

I am still very much a beginner, so I took the time and did  some extra steps not included in Mel’s super-duper lickety-split video. Example: Decided to outline all the sizes, as I always have to do some adjusting, and it’s easier to see the pieces.

Thus endeth today’s report.

weekly photo challenge: the sign says


or deciphering delightful design mag, burda

In late April a bunch of lovely New Zealanders got together and declared a May Burda Sewalong, and they posted several helpful articles so we, too, can learn to speak ‘burdamagpatterns.’

I’d just bought my first Burda magazine, after hunting for several years, so the timing seemed perfect.  Ah! Then life crept in with a dose of reality.

But! I’ve been given a reprieve – they’ve kindly extended everyone’s deadline until end of next week – and I am extremely grateful!

So, if you’d also like to take part, or just wanna file away for future use – here are more details…

Kat of Modern Vintage Cupcakes
Mel of The Curious Kiwi
Pinterest page
tracing a burda
reading the “instructions”

attempting the blouse, #106, p. 28
attempting the blouse, #106, p. 28
Apr 2013 issue
Apr 2013 issue

the wordpress page

The Great British Sewing Bee

[BBC has removed this from YouTube]

Long time no post – my apologies! Had to prepare for my first visitor: Ms. Karen.  Yeah! She’s such a good friend, and so much fun!

I’ve become a great fan of a new programme on BBC: The Great British Sewing Bee.  If you’d like to watch the first 2 hours, you can find them above & below. There’s also a book which they mention during the program and Debi mentions in her blog post below. Happy watching and please let me know what you think!

The Great British Sewing Bee — Episode 2 on Debi’s My Happy Sewing Place blog

mystery solved

Karen also solved a major mystery: What was the sudden horrid smell in the new digs? The answer was pear trees.  Pear trees?  What pear trees?  Those lovely white things blossoming all over the village.  Seems they’re commonly called Bradford pear trees, and the smell is disagreeable to many people.

We ventured to a new-to-us fabric store.  Not too worthwhile, in our humble opinions, so we won’t mention details other than to say we felt prices were too high, and there wasn’t much variety – lots of solids, not many prints or varieties of fabric. We were a bit deflated.

But Karen did find 2 remnants, and I finally found some Burda magazines, and bought my first copy, so it wasn’t a total waste of time.  Nothing in the issue said make me!, but I wanted to see what it was all about. Several blogs I read are always doing great things from them, including Ms. Ooobop!, who does monthly reviews when her issue arrives.

Happy viewing, sewing & crafting!