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Friday, December 24, 2021

Burda 2/2020 #117 (and failed S9373)

Can we talk about how awesome this issue was? I was on the fence about resubscribing for 2022 because 2021 was SO lackluster. Looking at some of the 2020 issues only reaffirms that (Feb, Mar, May(!!))

While this is only my second garment from this issue, I do have fabric and plans to sew the Balmain-esque blazer #102, there's a casual jacket on my radar #120, and I ADORE that shirt with a tail #110. 

I planned to sew this right away but had some reservations as finished objects started to post. When I decided to add a red top to my wardrobe and found this cut of ITY (Fabric Mart) in the stash, I knew I would use this pattern. Upon a closer look at other's garments, I think that some may have been concerned with the neckline or just didn't want it too low and raised it. For me, it works as-is.

I sewed the sleeve and body in one pass and used a 1/4" seam allowance instead of the 3/8" I'd added because I was worried about it fitting. I think I need to go in at the underarm and take it in *just* a bit.

I used a size 42 (should have used my normal size 40 neckline, it's a little loose around the neck), and a 44 back from the armhole down. I did a slash and spread on the back below the waist to add about an inch. I also added 1" to the bicep (this pattern had a 13" finished sleeve width. EESH!). 

Changes from the pattern only involves leaving off the sleeve ruffle. I like it, it's just not practical for wearing under a coat, especially at the shorter length. There's nothing more aggravating than having your sleeve stuck, rumpled up in your coat sleeve!! Also, it's the TUNDRA so I may need to wear this under a jacket or cardigan sometimes. 

I really love the tie belt too! I am often not a fan of self-fabric belts but this just seemed right for this pattern. I did thread chains for loops but placed them at the waist/where the surplice hit and that's technically too high, but I just loosened the belt a bit and it seems fine. I'm certainly not cutting them out and redoing them. 

I am really thrilled with the outcome of this top - simple but effective and especially in this bright red! I remember, years ago making a red top and thinking, OMG NO! I cannot wear that! :) It felt way too bold. Now? Tuh! I love it!!! 

This is fantasy because there's no possible chance of bare legs in the tundra :-p

I am SO HAPPY to have my mojo back y'all!!!! 

It's not about feeling like I have to sew, it's about genuinely enjoying the process, making things that fit my body (today! right now!) and spending my free time in a way that makes me feel good. 

Plus, I've finally made the decision to apply to grad school next year and I think the fear kicked me into "making overdrive". hahahahaha! In reality, I am getting to a much better place mentally than I've been for about the past 3 years and it feels great. 

Already completed and ready to photograph is a turtleneck maxi from Burda 10/2018, and I am in-progress on a pair of pants from Burda 2/2013.

Oh. The disaster that is Simplicity 9373. Meh. It's enormous and boxy in a bad way. The sleeve cuffs are RIDICULOUS!!!!!! They are enormous. I removed 2" in width and still, they just...ugh. I was sad I wasted my chartreuse sweater knit (SR Harris) but once I pulled it out of my sewing room trash (really, LOL! But I *only* put fabric and thread and stuff in those trash cans and never empty them until a project is complete done!) and took these pics and realized it's SO enormous that I can very likely get a cute little top from the deal. I'm thinking NL6314 because I've made it before, wear those 2 tops all the time, and this fabric doesn't have great recovery so that pattern will pair well.

THIS COLOR THO! 

If you celebrate, I hope you have the merriest of Christmases! If this holiday is tough for you, for whatever reason, take good care of yourself because you deserve it <3




19 comments:

  1. That red top is perfect on you, the color looks great (I like bold colors on you) and so nice for the holidays. Merry Christmas and thank goodness you are keeping on with Burda - I'm with you on that, every time I think it's a bit lackluster they come up with an issue filled with goodies. (my all time fav issue so far is April 2019 so I have high hopes for spring :)

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    1. Thanks, Beth!

      That is a great issue. I think I've made at least 5 garments from that one!

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  2. Fantastic to see you back in the mood to sew again! :) So glad you've thought of a way re-use that cardigan fabric because that you look fabulous in that colour and it would be such a shame to lose out on it.

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad I pulled it out to take pics because I had completely discarded it mentally and physically! The color is just wonderful though!

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  3. I LOVE that Burda top on you. I’m disappointed it’s not a Big 4 so I can easily go get it! Super flattering.

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  4. Merry Christmas Kisha. I really love the red top on you (and might I say I love your hair!). I hope you get something out of the chartreuse knit because it is a great colour on you too. I'm pleased you feel ready to tackle 2022. Here's hoping it's better for everyone. Thanks for your blog. One of my favourites.

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    1. Thank you! Hope your holiday and New Year are fantastic!! Thank you for continuing to read my blog.

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  5. Merry Christmas to you! That red top is a beauty and I'm eager ti see what you make from your "trashed" garment...love that color.

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  6. My gosh, what a gorgeous red top. And it's so flattering, both color and fit. I haven't sewn anything but masks in such a long time, but you're making me want to dig in my stash!

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  7. I have been on the fence on renewing Burda 2022 ... Maybe I need to offload some early years I have ... I will take a look but my problem is that I am so completist in my collections that I get some kind of nagging voice saying.. . you don't have a full 2009!!!

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  8. I love the red top. I'm going to go to my sewing room. I need to make a dress for my great granddaughter's 28 inch Barbie. Thanks for the encouragement

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  9. loving that top on you! and looking forward to seeing turtleneck dress done, i've been thinking of making one for me.. and that chartreuse looks so amazing on you, so glad you could save the fabric! marry christmas to you and yours <3 and happy new year

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  10. The red top is perfection! It looks amazing on you and the styling is great. I hope you can rescue the chartreuse fabric - the color is too good. And good luck with applying to grad school!

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  11. Congrats on deciding to go to grad school! Also congrats on your mojo coming home! I love the red top and honestly can't imagine you NOT subscribing to Burda because you've made so many great things from the magazine.

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  12. Congrats on going to Grad school! Can't wait to see the Burda twisted turtleneck dress and the red top looks fabulous!

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