BurdaStyle 115 Sleeveless Dress

I’ve recently had a bit of a sewing lul where I wasn’t super inspired to sew, I didn’t know where to start, and I kept making clothes out of “test” fabric which I didn’t really like once it was made. The plan was to make a second garment but it just went back on my sewing room pile and I fell back into my lul again.

I figured from now once I’ve checked the sizing I would just create the garment in my nice fabric and that might solve half my problems. I also have a bit of an issue collecting patterns, and now I have so many I’m overwhelmed with choice. Almost like sifting through the Netflix catalogue and in the end you’ve scrolled though tons of movies and just end up sitting there not watching anything because there is too much choice. So I went back to the pattern company I know fits me well… Burdastyle.

This dress is the Burdastyle 115 Sleeveless dress that I’ve had in my downloads for a few years now. It’s actually been a little while since I’ve cut out a pattern from BurdaStyle so I went to look at my sizing which indicated a size 40, but then once I did the toile, I realised that I needed a 42.

I ended up making it out of a Cotton Sateen from Spotlight, which did have a bit of stretch, so I actually had to take it in a little around the sides and back. This is really cute style of dress. It’s quite low cut and somehow it turned out quite short, which I can wear with black stockings (given it’s currently winter).

I also cut the same dress x2 to make a lining, so it’s fully lined! It has cotton sateen for the top and a poplin for the skirt.

I’m actually really pleased with the way this one turned out and it’s made me realised that I just have to keep sewing, even if it’s something I don’t love because that’s where you end up finding your gem patterns. I probably wouldn’t make a second dress in this (tiny bit too revealing for me) but at least I have one really nice version in fabric that I love.

I also had a look through my Burdastyle wish list and found a plus size dress that is seriously gorgeous. Given their plus sizing starts at 44 I think my next goal will be to make this version and simply size it down one sizing.

Overall I quite like this version dress and the combination with the cotton sateen fabric. It’s also exciting to have my sewing groove back and be able to post a finished garment that I’m happy with! Sometimes you just have to commit to a outfit and put your creative mind on getting it finished to get back into loving this hobby.

I also find it helpful to go and check out other sewers that have a similar style to your own and see what they’ve been up to. There are so many women who I’ve followed for years and just admire everything they create. I’ll hopefully have a few more gems to post online soon!

Happy Sewing

Erin x

Christmas Shirt by BurdaStyle

Firstly, Happy New Year! I haven’t been able to blog for a while but I wanted to take everyone back to Christmas! It was only a month ago and has to be one of my favourite times of the year. Everyone is so excited and winding down for the holidays and it’s usually when I get a few weeks off work and get to spend the holidays seeing my family and friends.

Last year we starting to slowly make our way back to office for work and luckily I was able to meet up with my colleagues for a Christmas party right before the next wave of Covid came through. To celebrate this I made myself a Christmas themed work shirt from Disney Mickey Mouse fabric I purchased at Spotlight.

Pattern: BurdaStyle Button up tunic
Fabric: Spotlight Disney Fabric
Fabric Type: 100% cotton

There are so many ways to dress up a Christmas work shirt. I purchased Christmas earrings, a red bow for my hair and wore Christmas themed scrunchies around my wrist. Below is a photo of the day I went into the city for one of the first times all year!

This pattern is really easy to make and apologies I can’t seem to locate the pattern on the new BurdaStyle website. However, there are loads of similar patterns online. I’ve made this pattern a few times you can see more on my Button Up work shirts post, where I made an entire collection when I first started working in the city. You can easily find some bright, fun fabric that will make people ask you where you got your shirt from. I can safely say I was one of the brightest people in the city that day and got a lot of positive comments on my shirt.

I’ve been back at work for nearly a month now and it’s bitter sweet that they holidays went so quickly. But it’s nice to look back and reminisce on the amazing break and look forward to the next one. Above is a photo of my nephew and I wearing matching Kmart shirts on Christmas day! I decorated my garden and backyard so we could take some photos this year.

If you wanted to create a work shirt similar, I’ve also done a how-to on how to easily stitch on the buttons! Hopefully this latest round of Covid will die down soon and we may be able to make it back to the city for work. While I love working from home I do miss the social aspect of seeing my colleagues each day! However, it’s certainly encouraged me to look at my goals and mindset and ensure I stay motivated and challenged.

Late last year I completed an 8 week challenge which made me focus entirely on my health and fitness, something I hadn’t done in a while. I was so amazed at how great this experience was, meeting new friends, it got myself out of the house each day where I got to see my sister and over the 8 weeks I lost a total of 5kg! Now I’m making exercise and my HIIT classes part of my weekly routine. This year I’m hoping to focus on goals that will help me learn and grow. Here are some snaps from my challenge!

This is something I was super proud of and I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to feel healthier and fitter! Now I can sew outfits for myself, while feeling good about myself and my body. I’m really looking forward to an exciting new year and hope to post some of my latest creations for you soon!

Happy Sewing!

Erin xx

BurdaStyle Skirt and Jacket

You can tell that I grew up in the 90s with this Clueless inspired outfit including a high-waisted skirt with a flounce hem and short cropped jacket. I made this right before we all locked down from Covid so I haven’t had a chance to wear it anywhere yet.

Description: Slim fitted high waisted skirt with flounce hem and a short cropped jacket.
Pattern: Bouclé Skirt and Bouclé Jacket
Fabric: Wool from Spotlight

I love the shape and style of the skirt, I think I’ll now make one in denim so I can wear it casually. It’s also really quick and easy to make!

To make the outfit complete, I’ve created a cropped jacket from the same wool fabric. This one was quite easy to make, however there was a strange issue with the pattern and lining. I cut them both out and one was much larger (width wise) than the other. So it’s definitely worth doing a muslin so you don’t figure that out after you’ve cut your nice fabric.

It fits really comfortably and doesn’t need any buttons. The shorter sleeves are also kind of perfect for living in Queensland because it’s mostly hot all year round. The only time I really need to wear jackets is when my work has the air conditioning is up too high (lol).

The best part about these outfits is you don’t have to even wear them together. They are great little pieces to mix and match with your other clothing.

Day 2 of #bpsewvember challenge is then and now. When I first started sewing I wasn’t confident in my fabric choices or patterns. I would make simple mistakes like forgetting to prewash my fabric so they would often shrink after the first wear. I also had a blog called “I-heart-fabric” but wasn’t very confident in taking or being in the photos so I would stage them like below.

Now, after many years of practice I don’t make as many small mistakes. I also love taking photos for my insta or my sewing blog. Especially with the support of all the lovely people online. I still have a lot to learn and need to branch out a little in my pattern choices but it’s great to see the progress I’m making each year.

If you want to get involved in the sewing challenge follow along with the hashtag #bpsewvember. You can also find more on my insta honeylovesewing.

Happy Sewing!

Erin

BurdaStyle Cotton Dress 101

I’ve been wanting to try out this BurdaStyle Cotton 101 dress for some time because of how amazing the sleeve detail is. This is my first test dress that I made with some scrap material I had left over from my latest Macaron dress.

Description: This dress features a high waistline, A-line cascade skirt and a sophisticated sleeve detail.
Pattern: BurdaStyle Cotton Dress 101 06/18
Fabric: Cotton Sateen from Spotlight

BurdaStyle Cotton Dress 101

The only alterations I made on this dress was taking the skirt up above my knees. Everything else in the dress is as per the original pattern. The next time I create this I’m going to add some small cap sleeves, because who doesn’t love sleeves on a dress. Also, I might make the skirt a bit more slim fitted and possibly change it to a skirt with front buttons.

It was pointed out on my Instagram that some ladies had complications with this pattern mainly because the instructions are all written based. There’s never any pictures with BurdaStyle instructions so you really have to look at the final photo and work it out yourself. I’m not going to lie it did take me a few attempts at figuring out how it all fit together but eventually I think I got it right.

I would have to say the sleeve is the only complicated part on this dress, the rest is fairly straight forward. I also made a muslin first for the top part, especially to ensure it fit right. I then ended up using the cotton muslin as the lining for the top, instead of using the neck and sleeve bindings. I was super happy with how that worked out so that just proves how important and useful it is to make a muslin first so you don’t ruin your pretty fabric!

I’ve also joined in on this months Instagram sewing challenge by Bimble and Pimple. It started with Day 1 – Fun Fact about yourself. My fun fact was, yes sewing in my number 1 hobby but I also enjoy landscape photography! I’m only really new to going out and taking photos but here are some of my favourite ones. Last year I also went and did an Astro Photography course with my dad which was so fun. We are hoping to do a few more this year and it’s such a nice hobby to enjoy with my father, since he’s now retired.

If you haven’t already got involved, jump in and share your stories and ideas. I was a bit late to the game but still joining in. Check out #BPsewvember2020 on Instagram or you can follow me at honeylovesewing.

Happy Sewing! Erin xx

BurdaStyle Tulip Sequin Dress

I made this dress back in 2015 wanting to use sequin fabric for the first time to create an outfit to wear out in Las Vegas. However, even after a bit of alterations the top didn’t quite fit me the way I wanted it to. The sleeves were too far down on my shoulders and didn’t pull in the front or back enough, so it ended up a bit too gapey.

Description: A sweetheart neckline gives a feminine look to this structured dress. The tulip skirt is pleated for structure, so you get a sophisticated look.
Pattern: BurdaStyle Tulip Dress
Fabric: Sequin Bodice & Rayon Skirt

I made the skirt and front lining with rayon fabric which stopped it from being itchy from the sequins. As you can see the back didn’t quite fit me well enough and it was a little hard to get it to sit nicely.

I really liked the skirt part of this pattern though. It fit really well and was quite flattering. I think with a few more alterations to the shoulders this pattern could work really well with some stiffer fabrics, such as cotton sateen.

Overall it was fun to test out using sequins and something I would definitely try again. I hope to post a few more outfits to my new blog from when I was first learning to sew. It’s great to look back and see how far I’ve come and what types of projects helped me in my sewing journey.

I also love looking back at these to see how far I’ve come in my personal life too. I honestly feel so happy and proud of myself for where I am now.

Did you have any sewing projects that helped you in your sewing journey? I’d love to hear!

Happy Sewing!! Erin xx

BurdaStyle Wool Boucle Jacket

I stuck to my sewing goal and created a second jacket from my Top 5 Jackets to make this winter. This was another BurdaStyle jacket made with some beautiful brown checked wool fabric for the outside and a plain light brown wool for the lining, both from Spotlight. This is also the fabric combination I used to create my long Wool Parka Jacket.

Description: Oversized and rounded collar flatters the decolleté and shoulders, while patch pockets and a double row of silver buttons are refined finishing details.
Pattern: BurdaStyle Boucle Jacket 114 02/19
Fabric: Wool from Spotlight

I found the collar on this one to be a little tricky stitching it with the lining but I persisted and finally got it sitting okay. I have to say the BurdaStyle patterns aren’t great if you’re a beginner jacket maker like myself. I think a few more picture diagrams would have helped.

I also found the sleeves to be quite short so I ended up creating a large cuff which I felt still suited this jacket. The fabric being quite thick also sits nicely and is very warm and snug. I highly recommend this wool fabric for this jacket pattern.

I also love the front features on this jacket including the double layer collar, front pockets and four buttons. Overall I’m really thrilled with the fabric, design and the fact that I achieved another sewing goal! I’m looking forward to wearing this one out with some cute brown boots!

While I was looking online I also found this jacket (pictured below) on The Iconic for $109. It’s very similar in colour but mine is lined with wool and still cost me less than half that price! What a great way to save money!

I hope you’re all enjoying your winter or summer sewing projects, depending on where you are in the world. Stay safe!

Happy Sewing

xx Erin xx