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Burda 03/2019 #103 Pattern Review

Burda 03/2019 #103 Pattern Review

I am was overjoyed when I was chosen to join the Fabrics for all blogger team. he first time I set foot into the Fabrics for all shop, located in Armley, Leeds, I was amazed by the different and beautiful range of fabrics.  For any sewists out there, we know the feeling we get when we step into such a place. I chose a gorgeous cotton fabric to sew up my very first pattern from the Burda Style Magazine.

burda 03/2019 #103

The Fabric

The fabric I chose was a 100% cotton fabric which is lightweight and perfect for the warm weather. It is bright red fabric with beautiful flowers in brown and green that caught my eye. This fabric is pretty lightweight that it could easily be mistaken for a viscose because of its feel on the skin. It is perfect for sewing lightweight blouses, tops and dresses too (but would need to be lined).

This fabric washed really well and I noticed it had a unique texture to it once it had dried before it was ironed. It took on heat pretty well too.

The Pattern

I had made plans to sew up the blouse pattern 03/2019 ~103 Burda Style magazine but I was yet to find the perfect fabric. And when I did, I knew I was ready to undertake my very first sewing project from the Burda style magazine.

This pattern comes in sizes 36 to 44 and I made size 36. And it features overcut shoulders and set-in mini sleeves, a flattering V-neckline and a belt. It is a loose-fitting blouse which can be worn with either the belt or without.

The making

I will not say the making was straight forward when it came to tracing out the pattern from a maze of a pattern sheet from the magazine. It is also worth noting that the patterns from this magazine do not come with any seam allowances. I had to add the seam allowances to the traced out pattern prior to cutting out the fabric.

burda 03/2019 #103

The sewing process was straight forward even with the less detailed instructions in the magazine. And this is due to the simple pattern I chose which did not have any closures of any kind.

The only alteration I made to the pattern was omitting the belt loops on the top and the use of a fabric-covered belt buckle. Apart from that, I sewed it up as per the instructions.

burda 03/2019 #103

The finished project

The finished blouse looked exactly as it appears in the magazine and I was thrilled with the final outcome. I am glad I had a go at making a pattern from the magazine considering the many and fashion-forward patterns this magazine has to offer.

burda 03/2019 #103

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burda 03/2019 #103

My Summer Holiday Sewing Makes

My Summer Holiday Sewing Makes

I had the opportunity to travel to Uganda during my summer holiday. Just in case you are not aware, I am born and raised in Uganda (a beautiful country located in East African). My family and I relocated to the UK which has turned into our second home. I know I should be talking about my sewing makes for the summer holiday.

If you are a sewist and you have a holiday booked, I am almost certain a handmade wardrobe might be the first thing you think about. Uganda is warm all year round, and most of my handmade clothes favoured the British weather. So I had to come up with sewing plans specifically for that holiday.

Here is the video where I share with you what I sewed up for the holiday. I hope you enjoy it.

I would also like to share with you in detail the patterns I used for my summer holiday makes.

Firstly, I made up three Cami tops using the True Bias – Ogden Cami Pattern, a well-loved sewing pattern in the sewing community. It comes together in pretty much any lightweight fabric however I prefer making it out of viscose fabric.

I also made up this gorgeous unicorn dress for my princess using a pattern from a Burda Style Magazine. Burda 06/2019 #129. It was made out of a cotton poplin fabric.

burda 06/2019 #129

I also hacked the Simplicity 8178 jumpsuit pattern into lightweight summer pants which I wore a lot during the holidays.

Simplicity 8178 Trouser Hack

And the final project I made was the viscose zebra print night robe made using the stoff & Stil kimono pattern.

Stoff & stil Kimono

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Burda 6829 Pattern review

Burda 6829 Pattern review

Our 10th wedding anniversary was fast approaching and I thought of making a beautiful dress to wear to dinner at our anniversary mini-moon. I remember passing by my local fabric store and I had some time to spare which led me to the pattern books. I passed through quite many of them but the Burda 6829 stood out for me and I knew it was the one.

Pattern description

Burda 6829 is a multi-sized dress pattern that goes from size 8 up to size 18.  And it comes in two options A and B of which the only difference between the two is the length from the waist to the hem. Option B is 3 inches or 8 cms longer than option A.

This Pattern is fitted dress with waist gathers on one side which makes it rather flattering. It is recommended for a 4-way stretch fabric which makes fitting it much easier compared to woven fabrics.

Size made

From the pattern sizing recommendations, I was meant to make size 36 /10 whoever when I read recommendations from others who had sewed up this dress, they all seemed to recommend sizing down to the next size. I cut up the smallest size (size 34/8) and it was my perfect size.  And I also went for option B which slightly longer as I found it more appealing.

The Making

The instructions were easy to follow and It comes together quite fast as it is with most knit fabrics if you are able to sew it up with an overlocking machine /serger.  

The interfacing used for the neckline seemed to have been of concern of most people who had sewed up this dress as it kept popping out since it was not anchored anywhere inside the dress. So I decided to omit it and instead folded the neckline over once and sewed it down using my coverstitch machine.

Fabric Used

I used this gorgeous knit velvet fabric in wine from Minerva Crafts which sewed up really well. And it also washed very well, however, extra care was taken while ironing it (I guess it is the case with most velvets) as it almost melted on me before I had lowered heat of my iron.

Pattern Alterations

I made a sway back adjustment on the pattern piece.

I omitted the neckline interfacing.

My Conclusion

The dress came out really well and it honestly exceeded my expectations and of course the hubby’s too.  I was really chuffed about it. I can confidently say that this is the most fluttering and smartest dress I have ever made in my less than 2 years of dressmaking.

I Plan to sew up this pattern again and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a smart occasion dress to wear.

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