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May 10, 2008

PROGRESS...SOMETHING FOR MY MOM TO LOOK AT

Haven't posted since April 23rd, time seems to fly by, but I have actually completed two garments since my last post. I took Lisa's challenge of making my first BWOF project (although with a little apprehension) within a week. I almost made the time frame but ran into a problem with the waist band, so between working and my evening class I did get it finished in 10 days. Experimenting with Burda was also one of my 2008 Sewing goals, so this challenge did help me knock off another goal for the year.

What did I think about my BWOF experience? Well, I had and have a wide range of opinions ranging from "Why in the world would some one do this? to By gosh I think I've got it". I call myself an advanced beginner, and I still can't imagine an actual beginner taking on this job. I felt it was a good thing I already knew a little about sewing or I would have been totally lost making my way through the instructions. I was determined to get the project wearable and completed and that I did. I'm so used to having the little illustrations next to the instructions when dealing with patterns from the big 4, and this was an extremely different situation. I must admit that I had to fight hard to keep from saying "I WILL NEVER".... I am saying I will do it again, but probably not real soon (lol).

I made the 109-C pencil skirt form the January issue and here's a picture of my version. Not such a great picture - looks kind of hour glassish, but the skirt actually fits pretty good, remember it's a pencil skirt.



That was last week's project, this week I made a Lilly Pultzer knockoff. I wanted something bright that screamed " IT'S SUMMER!" So I made this pattern in this really bright color.
I made it from some type cotton with a lot of stretch to it Hancock mystery fabric. It was really light weight so I fully underlined the skirt so I wouldn't have to worry about being able to see through it. The underlining also gave it extra body so it doesn't seem so flimsy.

I'm really pleased with the outcome of both skirts. Now on to make a couple of tops to wear with them.

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY MOM!!!
I LOVE YOU MUCHLY

7 comments:

  1. Faye .- greetings again. Never before have you experienced with BWOF. here in Europe is quite common. I have had good experiences, you can see on my blog. patterns fit well, although you have to be careful comparison with the size of Europe-USA. The skirts we were very beautiful. I love the skirt with pink flowers and ribbon at the waist. you need some pretty good blouses to look fabulous. a big hug and see you soon. best wishes. Paco

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  2. Very, very nice skirts Faye! I especially like your Lily Pulitzer version...I am sure the tops will be equally as nice!

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  3. LOVE your Lily Pultizer version! So cute!

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  4. Those are nice skirts! I love the bright summer version, and it's SO warm weather worthy. I haven't had the motivation to pull out my BWOF and try a pattern from it so it's interesting to hear your experience with it.

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  5. yay! Your first BWOF!!!! I'm personally addicted to their patterns... it gets easier. Beautiful skirts!!!

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  6. Beautiful skirts!
    I love the summery fabric.

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  7. Congrats on conquering your first BWOF. The skirts are lovely and look forward to more adventures with BWOF.

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