Stash Project #1: BWOF 8-2009-117
I have had a couple of pieces of fabric laying in my stash for quite sometime now and I decided to put them to use. I just love the blouse BWOF 8-2009-117 and have wanted to make it since it first came out. I know it is Burda Fashion now (I think) instead of BWOF, but at the time the mags came out, it was still BWOF.
In April 2007, I bought some silk chiffon in a confetti print with the intention of knocking off, you guessed it, an anthropologie dress. It came from fashionfabricsclub.com. I never got around to it...you know, so many anthro dresses to knock off, so little time...and so little know how so many times. I thought it would be perfect for this blouse. I have really be loving all the ruffles and flounces that have been so popular lately. Since this blouse has no zippers or buttonholes, I thought it would be perfect for this silk chiffon. I really don't like sewing chiffon so I wanted a pattern that was as painless as possible for it.
I cut my usual size 38 in Burda, but when I got this blouse made, it was too large. I kind of think it is supposed to be looking at the model, but I like my clothing more fitted.
I ended up taking an extra 5/8" seam allowance down the side and added darts to the back. I serged the seams on the inside and hand hemmed the sleeves. I used my Babylock Imagine serger to do a rolled hem on the edge of the flounce. I did a thread loop buttonhole at the front neckline. Here are some pics below of details:
back dart rolled hem edge of flounce
thread loop buttonhole at front
Stash Project #2: BWOF 11-2008-104
I decided I needed a teal skirt. I have one, but I don't like the fabric I made it from, so I decided to make another. I have had some teal gabardine in my stash so long, I don't even remember where I got it. I think this Burda skirt pattern is sooooo cute and I have been wanting to make it. It does not call for a lining, but since I really don't like slips, I intended to line the skirt. However, for some reason I could not, for the life of me, get the lining to "line up" with the skirt. It was too small. I tried a couple of times and just gave up. Ummm, maybe there is a reason it didn't call for a lining. I don't know, so I just serged the seams on the inside of the skirt and am wearing a half slip (UGH!) I used an invisible zipper. I made it exactly by the pattern without any alterations in the size 38. Here are some pics of the front and back:
I apologize for the wrinkles in the skirt. I did iron it, but I had just been sitting in it all day at work at the time I took these pics.
P.S. Does anyone else have spacing problems with Blogger? I am hoping my picture titles end up under the pics, but they probably won't. I just don't know how to fix this. I write this blog in the"Compose" mode instead of html because I really don't know html.