January 16, 2011 by Janna Roznos
Last month was my birthday. This year I gave myself the birthday present I have wanted for some time now: a subscription to Burda Magazine. Now I know many sewers have not renewed their subscriptions: I have read the blogs, Pattern Review message boards and the like about how ‘bad’ Burda has become and, usually, I am swayed by my sewing peers opinion, but not this time.
In the past I have purchased Burda at a bookstore in Glendale when I have had to be over on that side of town (since I have been unable to find it locally) or I have picked up old issues at a shop down south. So yesterday, I was just thrilled when the February issue of Burda arrived. I have been just looking at the patterns over and over again – Will I make anything from it? Who knows? I haven’t made anything from the January 2011 issue yet? And the blazer I started from the ’97 issue I have is on hold until I purchase some silk organza (more on that later). So as I sit here flipping through the pages. What is it that I see and others don’t? For me it is the possibilities of what I can make that is uniquely for me, and fits only me.
Also, for my birthday, I splurged and purchased a wrist pin cushion from Susan Kalhje. So far I think I like using it – although it is a little tight on my wrist. When I learned to sew, we all had to wear wrist pin cushions; however the last few that I have had have either fallen part or kept slipping off my wrist (maybe that’s why they need to be so tight) or were just uncomfortable. Having a wrist pin cushion really does help because it keeps the pins out of my mouth! Now there is a bad habit that needs to be broken!