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The Skirt: BWOF 11-2007-132A
I like this skirt a lot, but it highlights a problem I'm having with Burda Magazine. This skirt came from a 2007 issue – when it was called Burda World of Fashion. I really don't have the space to store old Burdas. But I'm still finding things I want to make in older issues so I don't want to get rid of them either. I've already given away 2005 and 2006 and I'm afraid to get rid of any more. This issue was in the next batch to be disposed of. How am I supposed declutter when my clutter is still useful? I guess I'd better find some way to store them.
I'm trying to incorporate techniques into my sewing that increase the value of my garments. Mismatched yoke seams at the zipper scream "home made" not "custom made". This technique has its basis in Claire Shaeffer's "keying a zipper" technique.
It was really just that easy! I don't know why I never used this technique before.
The Blouse: BSM 08-2011-138
This blouse has lots of gathering. I used my new favorite method – pulling up the bobbin thread, pulling out enough bobbin and needle thread to cover the length of the gathered area and zigzagging over the threads. This makes gathering easier because the threads are stable and secure. I would have preferred more match points for attaching the neckband to the neckline.
If I'd made a muslin, I would have seen the sleeve bands could have been a little shorter so they fit tighter around my arm. Oh, well. Maybe next time.