ooobop! review: Burda Style March 2013

burda style Magazine March 2013

If springtime Burda loveliness is what you are after then you should go grab yourself a March issue right now! The cover pic itself says it all. The goodies far outweigh the oddities this month. But as we know, it would be wrong to omit them completely! And no less than 12  ‘easy makes’ included. Great news for those who love a quick-fix project.

First up is Spring Fashion itself. It’s still sub-zero in the UK as far as I’m concerned. It read 2 degrees on the dashboard this afternoon but I’m sure that was a mechanical fault. I couldn’t speak for a frozen face when I got home from the shops! But the following pretties are a good reminder that Spring is on its way. Just feast your eyes.

spring fashions

The cover dress as I’ve already harped on about, was so going to be my first make. But she doth hideth one of those aforementioned oddities behind her back, that I will reveal when we get to the wedding!

I love the floaty dress next to it, second in from the top. The line drawing makes it look like an awkward piece but this lady wears it well and I love the choice of vintagy fabric.

In fact its true to say, I would love to make every piece from this section. I think that would just about get me through springtime… oh how a girl can wish!

If the mag ended there I would be happy but still, there’s more. I’d like to think I was a festival-goer. But I’m not really. Have never managed to dress down with much conviction and that is quite essential really! So these ‘Festival Styles’ don’t grab me as much apart from that little tiered mini skirt. I’ve never owned one but always wanted one. And now I have the know-how so no more excuses! Teamed with some statement tights and a pair of Docs… and Bob’s yer lobster!

festival styles

And here come the Wedding Belles! Not sure I like the strange ‘boob wrap’ on the title page. I can see where they are coming from and all, a kind of romantic Jane Austen empire type-ness I guess. But a little bit odd don’t you think? I do like the casual lacy top meets lacy skirt weddingy or not outfit. Very simple and very pretty. And there we have that odd back of the dress that kind of looks like you might be wearing an apron (top right). I have stared long and hard and tried to make myself like it. I admire the attempt to be a little bit surprising but I don’t want to be surprised that much. I just want a back to the lovely front of that lovely spring cover dress! I guess I’ll have to go figure!

Wedding Belles

But I have singled out a very timely dress from this section. Despite her drinking problem, this lady has provided great inspiration for a prom dress I have been asked to make for my friend’s daughter. I was a bit nervous at the prospect. Still am to be honest. But I am hoping she will like this little beauty, with a shorter skirt of course. Because not only will she look stunning in it, the pattern and the instructions look none too complex!

prom dress idea

Colonial Style features some casual fashions inspired by the Indian colonial style. Comfortable and chic. Now I’m all up for that kind of irony but I think there is more comfort than chic going on here. Do love that little rouched cardi though. And the placement of the buttons on the spicy orange shirt!

pioneer spirit

Vintage Pattern time is always a joy. I love how this one has been perfectly recreated from the 1952 lace blouse. But I wore one of these in the 80s when I was a New Romantic and I’m not sure I’m ready to repeat just yet. But it is very pretty!

vintage blouse pattern

The Plus Fashions really make their mark this month. Very bold, very monochrome and very stylish. Not so cashing in on voluptuousness this time but very strong and impressionable all the same

Plus Fashions

And if you are looking for some funky cool kid stuff, that’s all here too.

kids fashion

There are heaps of other styling ideas and easter crafts that you will have to seek out for yourself but I can’t leave without showing you these two cute ideas. Whomever would have dreamed up a cute carrot cushion? Only Burda! And I’m not hot on crochet – I don’t ever leave banging eggs hanging around long enough to need a hat – but just what joy would these little fellas bring to a breakfast table?!

easter craftsThank you Burda Style, for reminding me there is a Spring. There is a glimmer of warmth on the horizon and of course for these brilliant patterns that will serve to keep me pleasantly occupied in the meantime!

Happy sewing everyone x

Snuggly stripy skirt!

As I dutifully hung the next laundry load on the clothes airer this afternoon I noticed my A-line wool-blend pinstripe mini skirt that I made last September. I didn’t remember washing that recently. Mr Ooobop! must have done…. uh oh…no… really? Lets just say it might now fit a small child! Bless him but grrrrr….!

It was my favourite go-to skirt for work, pub and well anything really. I don’t have many of those, especially ones that fit that well, so you can quite understand how I came close to a complete paddy! Luckily for him, Mr Ooobop! is working away in Gibraltar at the moment, and is blissfully unaware of his crime.

Well… this discovery proved to be a bit of a revelation. I felt pain at the prospect of buying a replacement and realised that I haven’t in fact bought a new item of clothing in nearly a year. And the truth is I don’t intend to anytime soon. I might have made a resolution to refrain from other people’s challenges, but that doesn’t count my own. And so the woolly glove was down:

2.25 hours to make a replacement skirt with half a metre of woolly fabric, hemmed and finished to wear for Monday morning… and here it is!

snuggly stripy skirt

Snuggly stripy skirt

The fabric, from Ditto, is the loveliest, softest Italian wool mix ever. It is 95% wool and 5% polyester.  It is a medium-weight double layer fabric with a slightly brushed finish woven horizontal stripe in navy and red highlighted with yellow and green. The backing is a fine twill weave in a blue/black which meant, best of all that it didn’t need lining…. hoorah!

I had bought half a meter on my last trip to Brighton, thinking I could get the same skirt out of vertical stripes (I was scared of the horizontal stripe) but I really and truly miscalculated how much I needed to do it that way round! And so it has sat in the stash waiting its fate. Waiting to be an even better version of the last, so it turns out!

invisible zip and matching stripes

Very nearly matching up stripes either side of the zipper!

It’s clearly not the most imaginative of garments and really there is nothing much to report on the construction, save a little tapering at the bottom this time, and redrafted facings, it is so simple. I do so adore those horizontal darts on the front. I relished the confidence I had in knowing what I wanted and that I could actually achieve it in given time. I love the fact that I used pretty much every last bit of the fabric. I absolutely love love love, how cosy and soft it is…and I think the stripes, contrary to my fear, look fab horizontally! What thinks you?

P.S. Apologies for the unimaginative photos. As I said, Mr Ooobop! is away in Gibraltar!