sewing gadgets

My tips & tricks for tracing Burda Magazine patterns

Tracing Burda Magazine patterns

This was supposed to be the perfect sewing weekend. My husband is away indulging in his time consuming and expensive hobby – karting, so I had the house to myself and absolutely no chores, plans or obligations to take me out of the house. Or rather, I had plans: to spend as much time as possible sewing! I need to make a dress for a wedding we’re going to next weekend, so I needed to get going.

It is now Saturday evening and I have not sewed a stitch. Why, you might ask? Did something come up, did you get lazy? No, actually, I have been doing sewing related things until 11 last night and from 9 AM this morning. And still haven’t cut out my dress.

And the reason is TRACING!!! I am using a Burda Style (the magazine) Special Vintage, but this goes for any Burda magazines. It’s a lovely design, but has 12 pieces and it took me hours to copy them out!! I could have finished the whole blinkin’ dress in that time!!

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Let’s talk sewing gadgets

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Hello sewing gang, I’ve missed you! Hopefully the feeling was mutual, so here I am back in blogging business… Though I must confess, May has not started very well on the sewing front. This was the first weekend in ages when, although I was not travelling or otherwise engaged, I haven’t done any anything sewing related. And I feel very guilty. Plus I have forlorn you guys for almost 2 weeks, which is not top of my proud achievements list either. Excuses I have, loads. Mostly work, but also more exciting stuff like teaching my first class last Tuesday, and a very exciting walking tour in Brick Lane, discovering the textile past of East London. But I just can’t brag too many great completed garments. I was sewing like crazy for a guest blog post, but that’s only going to be published next week, so I can’t reveal it just yet. Otherwise, bad sewing Alex, no cookie!

Still, I need to talk to you guys, I’ve only just made sewing friends and now I’m deserting you? No, that just can’t happen. So here we are with a non-make post, but one which I still hope you will find interesting and discussion worthy. SEWING TOOLS!!

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