Oh well. Too late now. I've done so awesomely well at not buying even an INCH of fabric so far this year, I guess I had to succumb to something. I have not had (much) time or (any) inclination to sew since XMas (inspired and busy with other, non-sewing projects for now), but it seems my imagination is moving back in that direction, as I have recently found these to be irresistible. (warning, long list of pics coming up)
In my defense, these Burda's were all half-price, a sale that does not come along very often. I picked them up when I took my machine in for an overdue day at the spa early this month:
Burda 2938: Fodder for planned epic pants endeavor. The Palmer Pletch ones I've been trying to tweak to fit have been a nightmare, so I'm inclined to start all over. Some day. When I get my courage back. Key features: narrow waistband, wide legs, side zip (no fly front!). I think this is a better, simpler style to learn pants fitting with:
Burda 8082: simple top with just enough detailing. I see huge TNT potential here, hope it works out:
Vogue 7608: Another pants option. Maybe I just like seeing a woman closer to my age modeling these.
Vogue 8422, for View B, if I ever get around to sewing knits. I won't start with this one, but hope to work up to it.
Vogue 1123: Anne Klein New York, for the dress. Not entirely convinced this will work well in my size/on my bod, but love the seam detailing and suspect it will facilitate fitting tweaks. This is likely to gather dust for quite some time, but I look forward to playing with it "someday":
The jacket has possibilities, too, but I like this OOP Oscar de la Renta better:
I put this in the Vogue shopping cart without realizing it's an OOP: $25, yikes. Found it on ebay for less. This is a good "city" look for me (and what I look like in my mind, although not so much in the mirror these days!), so a possible option for mainland travel wardrobe. I am in no way "fashion forward", preferring to find a style that works with my shape/height/taste/lifestyle, and stick with it. I'm still figuring out what that is for "over 50" life in Hawaii, but can see a tropical version of this for when I need to step it up a bit.
I remember looking over this jacket pattern a long time ago, and deciding it was well beyond my very meager, untested sewing skills. I'm still far from "expert" but am closer to being ready to give it a go. I have a length of spectacular purple ikat silk, a gift from a friend who travelled to Indonesia EONS ago. I'd really like to make something from it, and have had jackets on the mind. The straight lines of this one I think will be good for that fabric. This is still a "far future" project, but I might inch my way into muslining it, a little bit at a time, in between other things.
So, there you have it. More patterns I don't have time to sew up right now. I'll take them out from time to time, though, and fondle them, and think dreamy sewing thoughts...