Pattern Review: Burda: 8110 (Beach Coordinates) – Type:Top


Pattern: Burda: 8110 (Beach Coordinates)

Pattern Description:
A fun halter top in a retro style.

From the website: This comeback from the 1950s will be great for your beach holiday! Halter-neck dress A is buttoned up the front. Top B comes in the same cut but is adorned with white piping. Skimpy shorts C complete the trio. The skirt is practical for wrapping over a bikini or bathing/swim suit.

Pattern Sizing:
Bust size 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48.

I started with a size 48 for the top. I’m not sure what I was thinking because usually I use a 44 and occasionally I use a 46. I had my husband help me tissue fit, and he added to the center back as well as trying to help me with the princess seam full bust alteration (FBA). At that point, I thought I had had done the right thing, but when I sewed up the toile, I had to take inches out of the back and the FBA. The straps came out too far to the sides for comfort; I’m not sure if that is a product of the FBA alone or the FBA and choosing too big a size.

Fitted pattern pieces all sewn together.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I think it did. I added the skirt to my top, but I made it shorter than the skirt.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
They were fine.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
LIKE: the style

Fabric Used:
An orange cotton. You don’t need very much.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I did the FBA and shortened the skirt. I placed the button & buttonholes where I thought they should go according to my full bust and the number of buttons that I had. Instead of having the straps tie behind my head, I sewed them together.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would like to make it again. I wore this summer and got lots of compliments.

A really fun top.

Pattern Review: Pants – Burda Plus Fashion Magazine 02-2007-402


Pattern: Burda Plus Fashion Magazine 02-2007-402

Pattern Description:
Flat-front pants with back darts, contour waistband, and belt loops. The legs are moderately wide and have a subtle flare. You can see my front and back here.

Pattern Sizing:
European sizing 44-54. I used a 52 based on my measurements. I think it might be big, but I need to wear them first.

I glanced at them; Burda magazine instructions tend to be lacking. I’ve made several pairs of pants and several fly fronts on both pants and skirts. There are only 4 pattern pieces, plus a fly template and a rectangle for the fly shield. I used Sandra Betzina’s Power Sewing fly instructions. I wouldn’t want to make a fly front with the magazine instructions.

The instructions called for bias binding on the inside waistband lower hem. I found that amusing. I used my serger to overlock the edges and left it at that.

The rectangle dimensions given in the pattern for the fly shield are too small. I used the recommended SB’s recommended dimensions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
LIKE: The style is timely. (Hey, even I like to to be fashionable once in a while.)
LIKE: The contour waistband.
LIKE: The centerback seam in the waistband – it’s great for swayback alterations.
LIKE: BurdaPlus specified that this pattern was good for fabrics w/ or w/o lycra/spandex. They usually recommend w/stretch, and I have a terrible time finding pant weight wovens w/spandex that I like.
LIKE: The fit is great for me – short front waist & protruding rear.

DISLIKE: no pockets! Yes, I can do something about this, but still …
DISLIKE: I mentioned the fly shield issues in the instructions.

Fabric Used:
A cotton flannel. I don’t remember where I got it. They are very warm. I put the brushed side inside because I like the flat side better.

I used leftover cotton shirting fabric for the waistband facings and fly guard. The flannel is pretty bulky, and I didn’t want that bulk around my waist.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I added an inch to back crotch length. I made no changes to the front crotch length, so if you aren’ t in the habit of shortening the front crotch length by several inches, you will get a low rise pair of pants. I lengthened the legs. I finally remembered to do this on the toile; I can’t tell you how many fitting pairs of pants that I’ve made that are perfectly wearable capris/floods.

I didn’t follow the instructions.

I took in the back waist 2 inches (swayback?). I left off the beltloops.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I have big plans for these pants. I’d like to add pockets, but I expect these to become a staple of my wardrobe second only to my TNT t-shirt.

I do recommend it. It was easy to sew. They are comfortable. And for me, the fit is pretty darn good.

This is a great pants pattern.

Dia de Los Angelitos

Today is a day of remembering and celebrating. All the little angels who died before their time come back to visit today. Welcome them back into your homes and lives by simply remembering them. You can also decorate with their pictures and things they liked. Have their favorite meal for dinner. Celebrate their lives and cherish the gift they gave you by being in your life.

Dia de Los Muertos at Iowa State

What do you call the night before Halloween?

This is how my grandmother remembered Halloween. She’s from Ann Arbor.

Pay It Forward (PIF)

I found PIF on Tini’s blog.

Tini thinks it is about being generous. Which it is. I don’t expect to get anything directly for doing this. Well, I guess I do expect to get something from Tini, but I plan on sending out 3 handmade items with no expectations.

Here are the rules (assuming that 3 people actually read this blog).

“I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.”

Hunter's Moon


The Hunter’s Moon (also known as Blood Moon or Sanguine Moon) is the first full moon after the Harvest moon, which is the full moon nearest the Autumnal equinox.


Tonight, those blessed with clear skies can enjoy a glorious Full Moon, (exact full phase at 0452 UT, October 26). In fact, the Moon will reach its full phase within a few hours of perigee, the closest point in its elliptical orbit, making it the largest Full Moon of 2007.