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Habitat and Central Park

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Jay McCarroll's Habitat is in. Here's a short film of him talking about this new line-- I like the line even better after watching this (via True Up). It is all quilt weight cotton.


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Moda's Central Park by Kate Spain is all stacked up and ready to go. Do you see that top bolt? It is double sided quilted yardage! I love this stuff and looked long and hard for cute options when I was making some mini sleeping bags. It would work so well for a quick, bias tape edged blanket, a car quilt, or a jacket for your little person.


The coated cotton bins are full of brand new inventory. Rain hats, Portland? On the heels of January's Burda Style magazine, we have just received the February issue along with the latest issue of Burda Plus. Finally, have you checked in with Modern Domestic lately? Make sure you catch up with their latest list of classes. They are constantly updating and they have something for everyone at every skill level.

Proper Attire Skirt

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Melissa


I finished version B of Anna Maria Horner's Proper Attire skirt over the weekend. 


Things I like:



  • Both versions sit higher on the waist than a lot of commercial skirt patterns. I think it's a lot more flattering this way.

  • The invisible zipper directions are good and my zipper is, indeed, invisible.

  • The shape is less A-line and a little more fitted (especially version A, which the other Melissa completed) than I had expected. Also a good thing.

  • There are some nice details and the pattern pieces all went together just as they should have.  The piping was easy to insert and while I thought about leaving it out, I'm glad I didn't. 


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One issue:


The sizes on the back of the envelop go according to the garments finished measurements, and both Melissa and I felt like our finished versions were bigger than we expected them to be. I took the pattern's advice and tried it on before inserting the lining. I took it in a bit at the hips, but I wearing the finished product, I feel like I could have gone down a whole size. Measure the pattern pieces (taking into account the seam allowances) if you're not sure.


This project falls in the advanced beginner to intermediate skill level categories. The instructions are thorough though, so you are not left hanging if you run into problems. I decided to leave the decorative buttons off.


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The outer skirt fabric is a hemp blend medium weight apparel fabric that we cannot keep stocked because it flies out of here so fast. I got this a couple of weeks ago when a new tube arrived and it's gone already.  We'll be getting it again. That said, this skirt would be gorgeous in any of our medium weight woolens, home dec weight cottons or even some Oasis Canvas. The lining is from my stash and is a lightweight cotton and the piping was made from a striped shirting. Or, do what Melissa did and spring for the velveteen-- it's worth it:


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January 2011 Burda Style

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--Melissa


The January Burda Style is here. There are a few misses (yet again, they refuse to let go of the harem/sarouel pants, with not one but three questionable versions) but there are some really beautiful pieces this time around, and the number of patterns vs the price makes it a very worthwhile purchase. 


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The first layout showcases 40s inspired dresses, blouses and skirts.  The dresses are near perfect, with fluttery sleeve and shirtwaist options.  If you love Colette Patterns, you'll love these looks.  I can't help imagining how great these pieces would look in some of the new voile and silk.


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It's followed by a story on Navy Blue (some great coats/blazers I wouldn't mind trying), a jersey spread (warning: Flashdance), and a rustic inspired wardrobe with an open front coat I'd like to curl up in. I am, however, confused at what she's carrying while wearing that coat.


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The plus fashion story is another standout-- 10 office appropriate pieces in flattering silhouettes.  The clothes are classic but not stuffy (at all).


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And the big surprise?  10+ child-sized costumes, including an octopus, superman and furry hooded coveralls that my children are especially fond of. 


Burda Style is based in Denmark and published in several languages, including English.  It contains full sheet pattern pull outs that you need to transfer to tracing paper, making sure to add your own seam and hem allowances.  Each pattern contains detailed instructions, a rating system that goes from quick and easy to challenging, and individual size ranges.  The American version of their website (with individual, downloadable patterns) is here.