Monday, September 28, 2009

Burda 07-2009-104

If slim women with broad shoulders and small busts are the metaphorical clothes hangers of the fashion world then I must be the laundry basket.

Gosh it's hard to find clothes that look good and make them fit well too. I am still learning, yes, learning ALL the time.

I've been trying to use a tripod so I can take photos when TMB's at work. As soon as Benjy sees me set the timer he starts scrabbling at my legs. Sheesh! Talk about wanting to be IN everything.

I do love the shirring on this. I do also love the fabric (Italian cotton) - so soft and beautifully woven. There are definitely a few "made by loving hands" details on this. Actually, after I put in the collar stand very wonkily I looked up others who had made this dress and enlarged their photos. How lovely, one of them made a rough job too. That was very gratifying.

Anyone else out there admit to sewing schadenfreude (enjoyment at other's sewing woes)?

In fact I enjoy it so much, I thought I might start a little confessions corner, one where I show you a picture of something really wonkily sewn on the garment I just made.

But this won't be it. Please, first admire my double welt pocket.

Confessions corner: the shirt stand with a beak:


  1. When you show them close-up they do look worse than they are (at least that's my story & I'm sticking to it - see my last zip).
    Great pocket and cute dress!

  2. Well I never. A beaky shirt stand. I'll never look at you the same way again.

  3. Great-looking double welt pocket! I like this dress style on you. Why does it feel "off" to you -- because of the bust area? When I shop for clothes and select the wrong style, it doesn't feel so bad because I may have spent an hour shopping for it and I can return it. But when I sew something in the wrong style, there's maybe 4-6 or more hours invested in that garment!

  4. I love the beautiful details on that dress and I love how your wee one is in all the photos lately.

  5. I love reading your post! Your humor makes me forget the horrific fighting going on right now with my daughters--all over a headband!
    I love the details--shirring, buttons (adorable), and the welt pocket! And the fabric is perfect.

    And trust me-- you are far from a laundry basket!!

  6. (Greetings from the US). I do think the dress looks nice on you. My welt pocket openings don't look too great!

    And I had to laugh at your "confessions" since I'd just blogged a sewing confession (applying fusible interfacing press cloth!).

  7. If you do make that confession corner I can think of a looooong list of my own to add to it! And yes, schadenfreude has been known in my house. There's nothing like seeing someone else struggle to make you feel better about your own difficulties!

    I think the dress looks good, but it's hard to tell with the gorgeous accessory on your hip. If you have any doubts, just carry him around everywhere.

  8. I do admire the double welt pocket...enormously in fact. I've been thinking about this pattern and you've confirmed my interest.

  9. Very cool :-) Did you do the shirring the elastic in the bobbin way or the zigzag over elastic way?
    Is that some of that lovely Italian shirting from Nicks?


  10. I too feel better when I see other people's mistakes. Makes me feel less inferior. BTW- thanks for linking to my blog!

  11. Oh you make me laugh. The laundry basket indeed! I'm so proud of your welts. Now, that beak would not be noticeable in real life...hardly a confession at'll make us feel bad if that is all you have to confess. Where are the 2 left legs, the fusible interfacing stuck to the iron, the waistband accidently cutout of the leg, the yoke inserted up-side down?

  12. I am just reading a blog post by kbenco and she has linked to your dress. I love it, and I love your humor even more! Laundry basket, LOL!! But look at the small of your back! Look how amazing that looks.

    And your comment about loving-hands-at-home.
    That cracked me up.
    You are so stylish -so innately stylish - that anything you wear automatically looks intentionally cool.

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