Saturday, 19 May 2012

Burda 7220 Origami Top

Hello people,
I've been having adventures in Burda land. I've finally gotten around to posting a review of a work that has been in progress for a while because I made it then had to alter it, this cute but a bit strange top.

Burda 7220

This shot shows the construction of the front piece, which is really a slightly cowl neck front with centre width added.

The back has a yoke and asymetrical pleat.

During these shots I had a choice of too much afternoon sun or too much shade. Here is an adventure in time lapse photography complete with help from the dog..BTW almost-winter here means a chance to ditch the sandals and actually get a chance to wear little boots, and I was wearing a t-shirt under the smock but it's lovely to have warm sunshine all year round!

I've written a review and here is the link because I find it takes time for it to show on my Pattern Review sidebar.. Pattern Review of Burda 7220

On other matters my daughter saw a pattern I had from the early 90's for some rather extreme happy pants (nappy pants? poo catchers?) that used to embarrass the heck out of her when I made them up in a breezy cotton and wore them all that summer. I even had big hair.

This style was revived several years ago and doesn't seem to have completely died yet. They are so simple (the back and front are exactly the same) and really comfortable in hot weather so who knows .. if I find a piece of lightweight batik next summer..
Anyway DD asked me to make her some pyjama pants out of flannel using this pattern. A trip to Spotlight and a scrap purple knit resulted in these and a very happy DD, who wants some more. If I am not careful she may end up wearing them in public.

Happy sunday everyone.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Leibster Blog

Dear Blog readers,
It feels strange when you first start to blog. There is the exhilaration of having an online journal to record your efforts and a vehicle to share yourself with your adoring public (yeah right!) Then there are times when you wonder if anyone beyond a faithful handful of people ever reads the blog. I know I'll never be a Gertie or a Peter with thousands of readers and both a facebook and Pinterest following. (How do they find enough hours in the day?)
Over time though, something happens. You become part of a community that reaches to places you never imagined even with a little blog.
I received an award yesterday from someone who shares my name - Valerie.S at Sewcranky. She gave me the Leibster award which is for blogs with less than 200 followers. She said my blog entry about some pull on pants inspired her and that made my day. So here it is.

Da TA Da Ta Da Da!!!! Trumpets. Thank you! I had seen this award before but didn't reaise how it worked or how it started. All I know is that the word is German, meaning 'dearest'.
Does anyone in blogland know the origin? Please let me know.

Here are the rules associated with winning the Leibster
1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Link back to the blogger who nominated you
3. Copy and paste the blog award on to your blog
4. Nominate and pass on the award to FIVE other bloggers who have less than 200 followers
5. Let them know the happy tidings by posting on their blog

Here are the people to whom I want to pass the Leibster.
Patricia of Red Cardinal for her warm and wise take on life in general
MaryNanna of Make it Smirk for being wonderful and quirky

I wil break with tradition here by leaving it at these two lovely blogs. Check them out, as well as Valerie at Sewcranky.
Happy Sewing Everybody.

Photo from my travels: Bumblebee on flowers in the gardens of Blenheim Palace, England. Click on photo if you want to enlarge it.