Last year Rob bought me a subscription to Love Sewing to which I did look forward to reading every month. Sadly the subscription came to end and I haven't yet re-subscribed. Although it's great magazine, which I do sometimes still buy individual copies of every now and then, I would prefer a magazine solely devoted to dressmaking.
I do subscribe to Colette patterns 'Seamwork' which has some excellent articles about the love of dressmaking as well as a myriad of inspirational projects. Plus they have some really sweet patterns which are quick to make. (I will admit I've only made one so far but a girls has plans!)
Last week I found myself in W H Smith and wandered towards the magazine section. Surprisingly they didn't have Love Sewing in stock so instead I picked up a copy of the latest Burda Style magazine (although I think this might be the German version!).
I've bought Burda Style before but haven't yet made a pattern from it. Mostly because the pattern sheet and instructions seemed rather unsettling to a novice sewer! (Not that that has changed - but I feel up for a challenge now!)
This month Burda Style was full of projects for Autumn, which is most definitely my favourite season! I have earmarked a couple of projects to try (just got to find the time to make them...)
One of the most exciting patterns is the riding trousers. As you know since I made my first pair of trousers I've been on a mission to make more! These look fabulous and quite different to anything I've seen in the indie pattern market. Now, I'm not 100% certain how much wear I would get out of said trousers - I'm still very much a dresses kinda gal but these look too much fun to pass up. I don't think I'm quite brave enough to opt for a imitation suede like in the image - I'd be a bit too scared of looking too cow girly - but I've seen a wonderful stretch khaki fabric from Sew Over It which I'm hoping will pair nicely!
I am also very interested in making the 'super easy' pullover. I don't really own many jumpers and this will hopefully be a super speedy make - bonus! I haven't settled on a fabric just yet, but I did see some interesting acrylic boucle from myfabrics.
I've been contemplating making a wrap dress for a while now and this version looks interesting - it had a flounce at the neckline to add a bit of interest and looks to be a good length. It also has three quarter sleeves, great for Autumn!
The knotted t-shirt looks very interesting, although I did have a quick skim of the instructions and got a little confused... Perhaps I'll work it out with the pieces in front of me... I love the yellow fabric they've used though. Fabulously autumnal! There's also a dress version which looks like it might do well in the upcoming party season...
Another project I wanted to try out was the hooded coat. It's one of the 'child and toddler' patterns and I thought it would be a great Christmas gift for my niece. I've made her a couple of items previously, including a lovely Christmas tutu dress and an Elsa style dress from Frozen, but it's been a while and I know she'll look super cute in it! I've never sewn faux fur before so that will be an interesting challenge.
I have wanted a pinafore dress for the past year - I really like the idea of a deep brown corduroy version. I love the idea of wearing a nice patterned shirt/ blouse underneath. Now I'm not certain about this particular pattern and whether it would be by dream corduroy version but it could be an option...