Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Burda World of Fashion 01-2009 #125

A few weeks back, Alison, Kim, and I decided to try sewing something for ourselves.  I love sewing for our children, but hardly have the motivation to sew for myself.  My children look great in whatever I make, but that is not always the case with me.  Last time I tried was four years ago when I was very pregnant with Kai.  I made a kimono style wrap maternity top.  The light blue shirting fabric I chose made it look like scrubs, and no matter how I changed the way I tied the sashing around the waist, I looked like I already belonged in the hospital.  I threw it away.  The challenge and the support we can give to each other gave me hope that I might get out of the fear of disappointment.     

After I talked patterns and fabric with Alison for a while, I decided to try this polo shirt from Burda magazine first.  It looks like my favorite Old Navy shirt, and I would love to own a pattern of something like that.       
The shirt came out really cute, just like the picture in the magazine.  The gathering around the neckline is my favorite part.  The detailed instructions were easy to follow since it was the featured "Sewing Course".  The only things I would have done differently is the sizing.  I made 40, but ended up having to take in more than an inch total off the sides, an inch off the sleeve length, and another inch off the length.  I am sure I could have avoided all that by making size 38.      


Melissa said...

It's super cute but you should have put a picture of you wearing it. You made me laugh when describing your attempts to make maternity wear.

twoplustwins said...

I can't believe you are already done. I still am trying to pick out fabric! I will get it done though. Just might take a little longer. It is really cute. I hope you take a picture of it on you and post it.

Janene said...

Looks great! So fun!

Meredith said...

What a cute top! One day I may try to sew something for myself. It is very intimidating.

Allison said...

Marie', that is so cute! What kind of fabric did you use?

Marie' said...

I forgot to mention that. It is cotton-lycra. I got it from here. I used exactly a yard to make the shirt.


Mommymita said...

Excellent job - I give it an A+. Plackets are hard but yours looks very smooth.

I wish you could have used my snap press though.

I'm also glad you were able to fit it all on the yard piece

I threw away a maternity dress too. My project is not happening as of yet but maybe this weekend

Marie' said...

Your snap press would have been nice. It is on my wish list. I was thrilled that my first-ever placket came out well. I was afraid about that for so long. Now I can try polo shirts for the boys.