Sometimes, you’d be within every one of your God-given rights to despair of me.
Yes. I bought YET MORE PATTERNS.
In my defence .. these are very, very practical and useful patterns. AND they were half-price (in fact, one of them was free…)
Having taken a look at my lifestyle and the kinds of outfits I actually wear, you will please note; no 1950s dresses, no skirts, nothing overly complicated or fancy.
Take Burda 6838, for example. I have a ready-to-wear top in this identical shape, and I feel both chic AND comfortable in it. I love the high neckline at the back (where I feel the cold), and the drape of fabric at the front where I can
save food for later enjoy a sophisticated drape and look all elegant ‘n’ sexy ‘n’ stuff (or something).
Burda 6851 speaks to my love of colour-blocking AND is practical. No, really. A simple crew-neck top which will use-up left-over oddments of jersey or ponte in a really cool way, and jazz up the most basic of ensembles? I mean, it’s what we call a TOTAL NO-BRAINER. If, of course, I can work out how to sew it but, I mean, how hard can it be to make a convex and concave edge line up?
(Yeah, I’m so gonna regret that last line…)
Burda 6840 was the answer to a dream I had, and a problem I thus faced.
I’ve fallen in love with this fabric and want to make a blouse that has .. not quite a Peter Pan collar but definitely not pointy .. with a stand like a regular shirt collar, but perfect for soft fabrics, and .. yeah. You’d think that with all the patterns I have, I’d already have something like that. Nope. Nuh-uh. I’d already designed it in my head, complete with tucks at the shoulders replacing darts and was buried armpit-deep in my pattern-drafting books when I stumbled across this little beauty, and .. *deep exhalation of happiness*.
But actually, it would be nice to have a proper shirt pattern, you know? Because I don’t HAVE one, despite lots of fabrics that would suit one. Something casual, something fitted, something like .. Burda 6849.
Oh look, I appear to have purchased it .. what a surprise…
It’s part of Burda’s Young range (as indeed was the colour block top and dress).
This is one of the bonuses of my current lifestyle; I have no-one to stop me from going out of my flat with the words, “Dear God, you really ARE mutton dressed as lamb…” ringing in my ears… Which is a good job as I bought Burda 6926.
(Yes I know, jeggings, TERRIBLE word and frankly a crime against style BUT one of my uniforms IS a skinny leg + drapey/layered top, and you read the bit about there being no-one to stop me, right??)
And then, because I bought them in the real world, at a REAL sewing shop which encourages membership of the Burda/Simplicity/New Look pattern club’s loyalty card, I picked up the perfect partner for those skinny, far-too-young-for me leggings/jeggings; Simplicity 1317. Now that’s a cool, tall glass of WIN in ANYONE’S books.
The 50% off sale ends TOMORROW (December 6th), so if you want to follow in my footsteps (and, quite frankly, you know you SHOULD), I have just sorted out your Saturday morning spending spree for you.
Don’t worry, you’re welcome 🙂