Burda Style 7359



Pattern Description:
Fitted Shirt
Pattern Sizing:
38-50. I made a 42.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
The design of the shirt was exactly the same. I made view B with the tabs.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
This was my first Burda Style pattern and the instructions were okay. The way they had me attach the collar (see below) was new and it took me reading it several times before I even wanted to attempt it. In the end everything went together without any major issues.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the design of this pattern. There is not a thing I dislike about it. My only issue with this version is all the ripples from topstitching. 

I think it was because of the fabric since the black did not ripple at all once topstitched.
Fabric Used:
2.5 yards of green cotton left over from a dress I made myself and 1 yard of black cotton left over from a ren faire costume.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I didn’t make any pattern alterations but I did change the color scheme. I did the main portion of the shirt in the green. The yoke, underside of the collar, and pocket are all in black. I also did the tabs to have one side green and one side black.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would sew this again. This is a pretty casual shirt for my husband so he is not able to wear it to work. I want to make a dressier version that he will be able to wear. I also want to make this in a solid color.
Conclusion:
I am quite surprised that I am the first review of this pattern. I really didn’t like this shirt when I started due to my husbands color choices. It started out feeling like something Charlie Sheen character would wear on Two and Half Men. But once I finished it that changed. I actually really liked it once DH put it on.

The  Collar

There are two pieces, upper collar (6)  and lower collar (7).  as you can tell they are shaped completely different.  There is also no neckband to attach the collar to the rest of the shirt. To make the collar you attach the under collar first.  Then you hem the bottom curve of the upper collar. then you sew the upper and lower collars right sides together. Fold the collar, right sides out and slip stitch it.  Then you stitch the lower edge of the upper collar to the shirt center front edge that was folded previously.  I hope that all makes sense.  I had to read it a few times first and it didn’t really make sense till I actually started going through the steps.  Personally, I am not a fan of this collar.  I think that it is what gives the shirt a casual look since it cannot be buttoned all the way up.  I may try to attach a more traditional collar next time I make this shirt. 

On a side note… 
I, Sarah C of Musings of a Seamstress, sign up as a participant of my very first Self-Stitched-Sept ’11. I endeavor to wear at least 1 self-stitched garment each day for the duration of September 2011.  I hope you will follow along and join me in this journey!

Simplicity 2223


Pattern Description:
Misses jacket in two lengths with trim variations.
Pattern Sizing:
6-24, I made a 14.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
No! Just like the other reviews say, the instructions jump around. Now, no one else has reviewed the view I made though. But the instructions had me start with the top of the jacket then sew the pockets on to the bottom section, then go back and sew the tabs on the top of the jacket and finish the center fronts and neck of the top only. Then I went back to sewing the bottom front pieces to the bottom back and attaching it to the top. I was not a fan. I chose to ignore the finishing of the center front seams until everything was sewn together and I did a narrow hem all around instead of seam binding on top and a narrow hem on bottom. My way worked just fine. The instructions for doing the tabs on the sleeves also didn’t make any sense to me. As a result my sleeves do not have the cuffs. I read the instructions at least 4 times for this part going step by step through sewing on those tabs and it did not work the way the pictures and instructions are laid out.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I hate the instructions. Other than that the pattern is great! I love the design.
Fabric Used:
1.5 yds Olive green cotton twill
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I do not have the cuffs on my sleeves. After reading the other reviews I decided to add 2″ in length to the top pieces. I am glad I did otherwise it would have put that seam on my bust. I do think that I could probably have gotten away with only adding 1″ though.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I do want to make some of the other views. I really like the over design of the jacket.
Conclusion:
I wore this to work today and received a lot of compliments. I even had one co-worker ask if it was DKNY!!! They were quite surprised when I told them I made it.  Overall this jacket cost me $5.50, which was for the gold buttons.  The fabric was given to me by a friend and has been in my stash for about a year now.

I hope to have some pictures of the McCall’s tops I made tomorrow.

Yarn Ball Wreath How-to

Here is one of the items I made for a Christmas present. My friend, Bri, is a knitter. She is actually the one who taught me to knit. I gave her this easy to make yarn ball wreath. The needles do come out so that she can use them as well. While I chose to make this wreath Christmas themed, you can really use any colors of yarn and ribbon.
Materials needed:
10- 3″ Styrofoam balls
yarn (I used 3 mini skeins)
10 toothpicks
15 craft/Popsicle stick
1 spool of ribbon
knitting needles (any size)
hot glue gun
tape
Directions:
1. To start tape one end of the yarn to a Styrofoam ball.
2. Wrap yarn tightly around the Styrofoam ball trying to cover as much as possible with the first layer.

3. Once done with first layer, start wrapping randomly.
4. Keep wrapping until all the white is covered like the above picture. Repeat steps 1-4 until you have 10 yarn balls.
5. To secure each end yarn end put a dot of hot glue. Before the glue dries, insert a toothpick and connect to second yarn ball. Continue this step until all 10 yarn balls are connected, making a circle.

6. Once the yarn balls are connected the wreath will be a little flimsy. To secure the wreath use the hot glue gun to secure the craft/Popsicle sticks to the backs of the yarn balls as pictured above. This will also give you a base to hang the wreath from.

7. Next secure your ribbon bow with another dot of hot glue. Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of this step.
8. The final step is to insert the knitting needles behind the ribbon. I slide these in so that they would be removable, so as to knit with them. You most certainly can glue these as well but they will stay put without the glue if you have wrapped the yarn balls tightly enough.

This project was very simple and took a total of about 2 hours to finish. I really enjoyed this and plan on making one for myself that has a spring color scheme to it. I hope you enjoy this project.