Monday, 3 June 2013

May Burda: winners and losers

June already?! Really, the year is just flying by. I bet all of you that did MMM must be breathing a sigh of relief that May is over with, congrats to all you for completing it.

I did manage to finish my May Burda project last Thursday when it was still May, but I'm only getting around to posting it up today so technically I'm still on track with my self imposed Burda challenge (sew at least one item from the mag during it's month of issue).  It was a bit of a struggle again this month to pick a project, not because it was all bad but because this is a summer issue and we're now in the depths of our winter.  There were some pretty dresses and a cute short sleeved peplum jacket and then weirdly this long sleeved, high necked blouse (5/2013 #106)  made in a stretch satin:

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It seems rather out of place in a summer issue doesn't it? But since we're having cool weather and I quite like an interesting high neckline I thought I would give it a try.  There was no review on Pattern Review for this one, but there was a lovely version made by a Russian lady shown on the Burda Russian site - although of course I couldn't quite understand what she thought about the pattern even with google translate.

I figured this would be shapeless and baggy since it doesn't have any darts or shaping, but I thought that if the neckline turned out well I would convert that centre front seam into an opening button-up placket and put some vertical darts in front and back to give it some shape.  But I didn't get that far because this project turned out to be a bit of a fail - that neckline sure is interesting but in an eye brow raised kind of hmmmm way....

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I should have looked more closely at the technical drawing because what I thought was actually a high stand up collar with an interesting twist at the front, much like a pussy bow blouse, is actually just an extension of the left side front that wraps around the neck like a scarf which is held in place with a couple of snaps.  At least I think that's how it works, the instructions made no sense at all to me. The collar is not attached at the back neckline at all, and when I was wearing this version around in my sewing room I kept feeling the need to pull the collar down at the back.

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I think I'd rather just sew a normal shirt and wear a scarf than deal with this complicated mess!  And of course, as I predicted the rest of it was a shapeless mess, too tight at the hips, too loose at the waist and bust.  The shiny satin fabric (from the stash) didn't help things either, so I didn't bother putting sleeves on this one - it's gone straight to the bin.

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I could have left it at that because technically I did use a pattern out of the May issue, but it just so happens that I needed some new pyjama pants and there was pattern 5/2013 #117A looking every bit like pyjama pants even if the model is wearing a blazer and heels with her silk satin floral pants!

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Using a floral cotton voile from the stash, bought several years ago from Spotlight on sale if I remember correctly, I managed to make these pants in about 2 hours max including tracing the pattern which is the most tedious bit.  I quite like the fabric (they are pyjama pants after all) although my husband thinks they look hilariously ugly.

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No photos of me wearing them though, I'm sure none of you need to see me in my jarmies! They are such a simple thing to make, being just straight legged pants with a drawstring waist but surprisingly they are the illustrated pattern course in the magazine - further proof to me that Burda is focused more on the beginner sewists in my opinion.

The slim legs and side pockets differentiate this pattern from other pyjama pants patterns I have, although I don't particularly like the waistband treatment.  The top of the pants are merely folded down twice to make a casing with the raw edge enclosed which means that the pocket facing and hip piece are also folded over twice which makes the waistband a bit bulky and quite fiddly to push the waistband tie through as well.  If I were to make these again I think I would draft a separate waistband piece - it's not that much more effort to cut out and sew on a rectangular waistband to create a drawstring casing.

The waistband on the outside:
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The waistband on the inside:
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So happily I did get something useful out of this issue and next summer I may even make the vintage sheath dress pattern too as it's quite cute. Now I'm waiting for the June issue to land in my letterbox to see what this month's challenge will be - normally the issue arrives a few days before the start of the month so it's unusually slow this month. 

19 comments:

  1. Your husband may think the fabric is ugly, but I think it's fantastic!

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  2. Kristy. I would love to make that shirt. I recently saw a simliar jacket with a collar that had cut outs at the neckline.
    I can see that shirt pattern would be basis for the jacket version.

    Love the Pj bottoms.

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  3. I love the shirt. You did a great job. If you hadn't told us that you weren't aware that it had an elongated front that wrapped around the neck, no one would have ever guessed that you weren't aware of that little twist before you started.

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  4. That shirt collar would really bother me too. I like the look, but can't imagine I would like the feel!

    I think the pyjama pants are cute. The fabric is what makes them a bit special... no point making them if they look boring :-)

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  5. I love the pyjama fabric! Grellow always looks excellent.

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  6. It is hard to get going on summer things in winter - what do you do in summer, when Burda is doing winter?

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  7. These are fabuoius pj's. Great fabric choice.

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  8. What a very interesting top! Love it!

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  9. I like your pajama fabric! The grays and yellows go so well together.

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  11. Aaaah I was eyeing off those pants on Burda too! I was planning on tapering the legs a bit more to make them wearable outside of home. The pattern makes a great pair of PJ pants :-)

    Sorry that the blouse didn't work out. I had two dresses fail before I turned to a skirt instead. Just finished it on the weekend:

    Yellow smocked skirt with tulle overlay

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  12. That blouse is....interesting. It looks fine from the front. But I didn't expect the back to be separate!

    Pj pants are always a winner :)

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  13. So sorry the blouse didn't work but can understand why, what a weird collar/scarf. Now those PJ pants look great!

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  14. love your thoughtful post about these burda patterns. i'm looking to make some cute pj's for my dd who is going off to stay with family in usa for 3 weeks. thought she might like st cute and proper instead of an oversized tshirt lol

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  15. You are so tallented!

    PJ pants look great!

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  16. Totally love the fabric for your PJ pants. But don't you want to wear them to a summer wedding?

    Thanks for the heads up on the blouse. It looked too weirdly high-necked for me, but the detached scarf in back is just bizarre.

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  17. Very nice that you got so much mileage out of the May issue after the first raised eyebrow-abandon ship project.

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  18. Kristy - fancy expecting Burda instructions to make sense! I always give them full marks for drafting and about 2/10 for explanatory notes. The 2 is only because I'm so vain to think there couldn't be some operator error!

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  19. I was thinking of making that blouse today,but fortunately read your post first. Weird collar indeed!
    Very nice pjs. I made yoga pants instead, nice and warm :)

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