May 7, 2013 by Janna Roznos
Where have I been? Do inquiring minds want to know? Probably not.
A few things have happened since I last touched cyber space:
1) The general muck of life got in the way of blogging
2) I am transitioning to a new computer and it hasn’t gone so smoothly for me, but I refuse to be taken down by it
3) I sewed up a wadder, which took with it all my sewing confidence.
But other than that, everything else is great.
I really, really wanted to love this book. I really did. Once I got my grubby hands on it (Thank you Amazon!) All I wanted to do was to sew every single garment from it. I wanted to transform my wardrobe from miscellaneous garments that don’t really go together to a wardrobe that everything fits in style, in fabric and in the unique Lagenlook (layered look) fashion that is this book.
I sewed only one garment from it and it is awful. A true wadder!
Yuk! That is all I can say about these pants. Just yuk!
After looking at the photos of the pants and then looking at the pants I sewed. I guess, they aren’t really that much different, other than I like the pants on the model and I dislike the pants on me.
I also down loaded one other pattern – the simple tunic top. I taped the pattern pieces together and then rolled it up and shoved it into my fabric closet and that’s where it has been for the last few weeks.
I had thought I would sew every garment in this book. And why not? The clothes are of the Lagenlook variety, which I love, which I have several pieces already in my wardrobe- RTW pieces. So to find a book with the Lagenlook style clothes and patterns, too – such a plus!
Also the garments highlight wonderful buttons. I have lots of really unique buttons but I don’t have a huge quantity of any one style of button so this seemed like a perfect match: unique designed clothes and a reason for me to prowl through my button stash.
So what went wrong?
Downloadable patterns. All the patterns are contained on accompanying CD. Once I printed the pattern out, taping it together was a mess. Pattern garment lines didn’t match. The grid pattern on the pattern didn’t match. The numbering system on the pattern didn’t match either (some have numbers some do not). It was a disaster.
And sewers complain about tracing Burda patterns. Pfft! After this experience, tracing a Burda pattern is a breeze.
So there was my first issue (and I should have stopped there, but didn’t).
Then I went to cut and sew the garment. I used 5/8 seam allowances, although I never did find where in the book where it states the seam allowances. (A discussion group has been set up for sewing garments from this book on Pattern Review and someone posted that the seam allowance info is on the CD.)
I should also mention that the garments are sized by range. For instance: 8-10 is a small, 12-14 is medium, etc. When garments are sized in ranges it usually means that the garments have lots of ease – maybe too much ease.
And finally, my choice of material. There is something to be said about the marriage of pattern and fabric. When it’s a good match – all is well and happiness reigns – particularly for the sewist. And when it is not a good match? Ugh. Yep. I choose the wrong fabric.
So what’s my conclusion regarding this book. This book is NOT for beginners, and, if you have read this far, obviously not for a seasoned sewist like myself! There are too many omissions: like croquis of each garment, seam allowances – still haven’t found that information, plus a few mistakes in the text of the book (like the bag pocket reference is incorrect) and the whole downloading patterns from the CD. Maybe this task isn’t impossible, but it sure is a pain in the you-know-what! However, now that I am done with my complaining, if a Lagenlook garment is what you crave, then in this book is an entire wardrobe of these unstructured garments, begging to be sewn. This book really is wonderful sewing eye candy and I do like to look through it again and again and dream of what could have been.