I love browsing the magazines at my local library. I have to confess that I rarely make it to the 'real' shelves - I get quick snatches of time whilst supervising kids or on my way out to lunch (I'm lucky enough to work next door to my local library), so the magazine section it is.
The Burda magazine pigeon hole is one of my first points of call. So often I borrow them with good intention of tracing off patterns I like, but usually they get renewed the maximum of three times before being sent back unused. I'm proud to say that that's not the case for the 6/2013 edition. Granted, I've already renewed it once, but no only have I traced off the patterns for Views 137 and 138, but I've actually finished a top based on them. What's even more impressive is that I love it! So often I take copious amounts of time to finish clothes for myself, only to find that they're not quite right - the fit's not great, or my fabric choice is wrong, or the cut isn't really my style. This time though, the dark navy crepe from my stash is not only right down my alley, but it has just the right weight and drape for the pattern.
I've used the length from View 137, but the neckline of View 138. Its a size 46, which I find horrific, but the fit is beautiful. There are darts in the front and back of the upper section, but just the back of the lower section, and a side zipper that extends to the integrated sleeves. Beautifully comfortable, but fitted at the same time.
Up next I'm planning a shorter length A-line skirt in the rest of the same fabric, plus the dress length (with a slightly narrower neckline) in a some more fabric from the stash. I'd love a pair of narrow-leg trousers to go with the top. Trying not to get too far ahead of myself though!
Its a curriculum day today, so amongst adjudicating between the kids and doing stuff with them, I'm going to loiter over here and check out what the crew have been up to.