So much to do, so much to do…oh and some winners

Burda Sew AlongI’ve quite quiet a bit to share with you in this post!

First up, you might have already seen on Kat’s blog: The Burda Sew Along has been extended until June 9th. Then Kat will do a final round up of all your fabulous projects. You asked for it and we listened…and we kind of needed some more time too 😉

Kat and I have enjoyed this sew along so much that we have decided to do another, right away. We think it’s time we showed the Independent Pattern’s some love too so we are declaring that June is Indie Pattern Month. Want to play along? Oh yes you do!

Here’s the button and later this week we will have up the rest of the details (sign-up page, photo sharing site etc…) but that shouldn’t stop you from starting your planning.

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Do you have some indie patterns already in your stash? Maybe you’ve been swooning over a few but haven’t quite gotten the credit card out yet? Why don’t you show us your collection (or wish-list), let’s get inspired!

Here is my collection:

Colette, Deer & Doe, Sewaholic and Papercut goodies

I also have a Cake Cabarita on its way from Australia. Also missing from above is my Colette Lady Grey because:

That is what I will make this month. It has been cut out since two Winters ago, lining, interfacing and all. The main fabric is a black chunky weave wool I bought from The Fabric Store in Melbourne over 2 years ago (!) specifically for this project. The cotton sateen lining was bought later from Spotlight here in NZ when I finally decided to start it.

I am also dying to make Deer & Doe’s Belladonne, Papercut’s Watson Jacket and Ooh La Leggings. Check out this AMAZING tutorial on her website. Since I am already ahead with the Lady Grey I might get one of these started. The others will not happen as officially part of this sew along but they will happen because I am super excited about them.

Now, on to the Pattern Pyramid and Burda winners. I enlisted Harri’s help, she was quite enthusiastic and it took a few takes before I got her to not knock ALL the entries on the ground!


My camera is a bit basic in quality so you can’t really read who won in the video so here are Harri’s winners:

The selection gets Harri’s paw of approval

Congratulations to Fleur, who Harri picked as next to receive the next Pattern Pyramid and Kat, who won the Burda magazine, that’ll save me some postage, tee hee! 😉

Thanks for playing, now go flick through your pattern stash and find a pretty Indie to make up this month…



Almost sewing…

I have had a busy two weeks and if you’re interested in how the relocation is going have a look at the re-blogged  link below.

Reporting in from NZHello from the (shaky) Land of the Long White Cloud I have had a crazy few weeks but today I am finally feeling settled. You can read about our last few weeks in Perth and our arrival here in Wellington on my blog. But today I thought I’d share with you what I’ve been up to the last two weeks…like digging out the necessities 😉 We got the keys to our house the week before our container was due but I managed to get some pseudo sewing done before … Read More

via BurdaStyle Sewing Club Perth WA

Things are almost back to normal which is great, even Burda seems like it is back to normal service. I cannot comment on May since I never received it but has anyone else seen the June offerings? Probably the best issue I’ve seen in quite a while…and it is the last issue of my subscription. But I won’t be swayed, I’m not that trusting. I’ve already found a retail source at my local shopping center so we’ll see what the July online preview brings…

Anyway, here are my picks:







The first section has a distinctly 60s feel, some of these items are quite basic patterns but it’s good to have a few of those in your collection and if you are lacking then this is the issue you should go out and grab.







There’s also a beautifully feminine wrap dress by Anna Molinari, I just wish the model filled it out a little better.

Dear BurdaStyle magazine

Dear BurdaStyle magazine,

I received my April issue today and your accompanying letter informing me that I had only two issues remaining. Thank you for the heads up, I knew our time together was coming to an end. “It’s not too late, but soon it will be” you said, to re-subscribe for a special price of 86.06€.

Your offer is generous, at the current exchange rate that is $177.74 AUD or approximately $9.81 per issue. Since you are $18.00 at the newsagent you tempt me and I have thought long and hard about it.

I hate to tell you that recently, when your issue has arrived, I take a quick look though, then put you straight into my bookcase and I never feel like looking at you again. I admit I have hocked off several of you on eBay, breaking my neat collection which I never imagined I would do.

My pattern love has shifted, now I long for the next issues of Patrones and Manequim, even with their non-English instructions, they excite me, they get me sewing, they show me trendy future fashion and I crave it. I flick through them over and over and they sit out on my cutting table for weeks on end.

You had your chance to win me back but you failed. BurdaStyle magazine, I am sorry, but I must make a stand, our love affair is over. Goodbye my friend.

Melissa xx


There are a couple of items I like in this issue but apart from the dress (which I’m 50/50 for) and the neat idea for a “craft bag” there is nothing I don’t already have a pattern in my stash for and they are not so amazing as to replace those patterns. Here they are:

Burda, Patrones and Manequim, oh my!

Oh my indeed!

Heading back to work after a 2 month break can be pretty depressing…but there’s nothing like finding a whole pile of sewing magazines awaiting you to cheer you up!

Check out these babies:

Ok, so there’s no Patrones, it’s late this month but that doesn’t matter because I had been dying to get my hands on the first magazine of my Manequim subscription for months so of course the first one turned up just after I left the country.

That’s ok Manequim, all is forgiven, because now I have 4 of you!

Just wait until you get a sneak peak inside at all the scrummy sewing goodness.

More to come soon!

Burda December 2010 Mash-Up

I’m just not feeling it with this month’s Burda. I’m not sure if it is because my sewing brain is elsewhere at the moment and I can’t focus or if there really is so little in this magazine that appeals to me…hrmmm…maybe when I pick it up again nearer to Winter I’ll see a few more but for now here is my sparse looking selection:

Burda December 2010

A new strategy: November 2010 Burda Mash-Up

I’m getting desperate now, my November Burda arrived but still no Manequim or Patrones (although they did send me a renewal notice asking for money!)


So not much magazine love for me this month.

I’ve been flicking through the newest Burda over and over instead and it occurred to me that I always see patterns I want to make then forget about them. I’ve flicked through a few other magazines recently and found myself thinking, “Oh yes, I remember wanting to make that dress!” Part of the problem is that my magazines arrive in the wrong season, it’ll be 42 degrees outside (that’s about 107 degrees Fahrenheit) and the issue is full of (beautiful) wool coats, ugh. But the main reason is that I can’t sew anywhere near as fast as my magazine addiction’s growth rate.

So I’m starting a new strategy, one that won’t be help me much until I get back from my honeymoon but I am putting it in place now, and I’m going to share it with you.

It’s not the usual Burda review, there are plenty of blogs doing that already. No this is going to be a quick and dirty snapshot of my favourites for the month from each magazine and we are starting with November’s Burda issue, since it is the only new magazine I have right now and the internet makes it so easy to acquire the images.

This is not a promise that I will make every item, by the way, just a way to help me (and maybe you) to remember them all. Something I can pop back to when the appropriate season rolls around.

Here we go:

Burda November 2010

I had trouble liking this issue when I first saw it, it’s all a bit gypsy for me to be honest. But when I look at my selections like this I can see that I do like quite a few items from this issue.

So did I miss anything that YOU love?