Sunday, April 17, 2011

Burda Style #118 4/2011 A Treasure in Turquoise

What a fantastic weekend it has been so far, and it's not over yet.  It started out by winning Smoking Needles give-away!  Thank you KMQ!  I also finished all my client sewing Friday afternoon, leaving the weekend for Burda Style #118 4/2011 and a simple embroidered cotton voile skirt to go with it.  I didn't use a pattern for the skirt except for borrowing the yoke front and back from Kwik Sew 3152.  I had about 2.5 yards of fabric, bought on clearance from The Sewing Studio a couple of years ago.  I constructed my yoke with an invisible zipper then attached the gathered skirt portion.    The skirt took the longest time, because I decided to use the whole length of fabric.  That was a lot of gathering, but worth it.  The billowy skirt is perfect for windy days! 

The hardest part about the Burda top was cutting it out, as I have already mentioned.  I finished the neck by cutting out a neckband and attaching it.  I don't think the pattern calls for that.  I used my coverstitch machine for all the hemming.  The top is so comfortable.  First because it is made from bamboo jersey and second because it hugs your arms about 3/4 of the way up then completely cuts away from the body, under the arms, leaving plenty of room to maneuver.  I am a sucker for super long sleeves too.  I love this outfit so much, it was worthy of a trip to one of my favorite beach locations for a photo shoot!


A couple of notes about the top.  The sleeves are very snug.  I cut the size 36 and it worked fine with my bamboo jersey.  You may want to add more room if your fabric doesn't have a lot of stretch.  Also, it would have been better if I had finished the front and back neckline, before I stitched the shoulder seam together.  I ended up with my neckband popping straight up right on the shoulder seams.  It was an easy fix by stitching a little wedge (dart) in the neckband, but the problem could have been avoided had I finished my front and back first.  And now I am off to a Teacher Appreciation Night at my church.  I have a blast volunteering in  AWANA, with the 3rd through 6th graders, on Wednesday nights.  We are club #7743.  Hope you all have enjoyed your weekend too!      

33 comments:

Rebecca said...

Your top looks very nice! That color is wonderful. And I must say your photoshoot location is to die for! ;]

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Love the skirt and you picked the perfect place to highlight it because it looks fabulous in these photos!

Mary said...

Great photo shoot!! I love the skirt, especially paired with that gorgeous blouse.

knitmachinequeen (KMQ) said...

That is a fantastic skirt. BTW you need to send me your snail mail address so that I can send you your note cards.

Trudy Callan said...

Your shirt is gorgeous and so is the location. Great pictures.

Carolyn said...

Your new outfit looks gorgeous! I love that last picture of you. Your outfit is perfectly matched to the surf and spray!

Myra said...

Congratulations on your win! I love super long sleeves on knits like this too! This us a beautiful outfit...love the color of your top! I must say, I sure wish I was at your favorite location right now... I can see why it's your favorite! It' "picture perfect"!!

B.Oxy said...

Your outfit is adorable! I Love such skirt and yours is the best!

Eugenia said...

Your top looks great and the fabric is a beautiful colour, perfectly showcased by your wonderful oceanside photo shoot!

Lori said...

Great new outfit. Beautiful color for the top and a gorgeous setting for a photo shoot.

Uta said...

Your blog makes me want to move to Hawaii! Your outfit looks wonderful, free and flowing, and the colors are so nice together.

velosewer said...

Great outfit. I love the colours and the feel of your life in Hawaii.

gwensews said...

That is a model shoot, for sure. You look beautiful in your skirt and top. You must feel so blessed every single day, to live in such a beautiful setting.

sewing spots said...

Love the look especially that skirt. Fun!

Irene said...

A very romantic look (the location doesn't hurt either).

Lisette M said...

Your photo shoot should be in the magazine! Great outfit, can't wait to make mine!

Gorgeous Things said...

Gorgeous pictures, gorgeous outfit!

HeathersSphere said...

Stunning top on you! It looks like you will inspire BurdaStyle subscribers to sew this top. Very nice pics of you, so fab for the pages of Harper's Bazaar!

Texan said...

Wonderful! Such a nice outfit! and so perfect for your beach trip!

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Your Outfit and location are both beautiful :)

Julia said...

I thought I was seeing an ad from a magazine when I first went to your blog today. How pretty can one lady be in the turquoise and billowing skirt!!!! I think it is awesome that you teach at your church!

Vanessa said...

I love your outfit, and I love the picture by the water!!

Alexandra Mason said...

This is such a lovely outfit! and great photos.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

What a fantastic photo backdrop! You look great in the outfit, too.

Handmade said...

Great photos - great outfit!

Jacquie said...

Now that is a photo! What a backdrop. I'm back to loving that pattern - your cutting out experience put me off a little, but the finished top is just great. Your fabric is perfect.

Shannon said...

The outfit looks great! Your photos look miles better than the ones in Burda!

Caroline said...

This is really really lovely! especially with this background. I can imagine you will get lots of use from this outfit!!

Corrine said...

what a beautiful color, enhanced by the grand location. so nice with the long gauzy looking skirt.

Rosy said...

Love your photo shoot, it's sooo bright colors of the skirt and shirt. Your photos lift the mood.

j.kaori said...

Fabulous! I've had my eye on this top, and your version is wonderful. Love the photo shoot!

Linda said...

Lovely turquoise top and flowing skirt. Great background!

Sue said...

Shannon, that's a fabulous outfit and the beach is just beautiful. You look great in so many different styles. The yoked skirt is very flattering.