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{ LEATHER JACKET } Cabernet…

Hello Lovelies –

Im finally getting my a-into-g & started to muslin the BurdaStyle leather jacket from the 08/2013 magazine. I buy the German edition becoz thats whats on offer here in my ‘hood but I need your help { PRETTY PLEASE}. Normally Im quite good at following the german instructions but Im battling to make sense of these.

Can any of you lovelies email me a copy of the scanned english instructions for the 113 leather jacket from the 08/2013 BurdaStyle ? You can send to angekronaus@gmail.com.Id love you forevs 🙂

Here’s a pic!!

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Im very behind in my sewing. Sewjo seems to be back but I just cant find the time to sew. Work is craz-ee. Im supposed to be only working 20hrs per week but its looking more like 50!! & the weekends are filled with housekeeping duties, on top of all sorts of other challenging stuff we’re having to navigate at the moment (more on that another time though)…

{ UUUUUUUUURRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGHHHHHH }.

Never ends.

I seem to have 3 WIPs at the moment in various stages of “undecided”….does it get any worse ? One just needs a hem, the other needs to progress from muslin phase & the last is dyed, pinned & just needs to be sewed. I need a kick in the ass I know. And somehow Ive started on this leather jacket too…..

I really need to go back to one project at a time!

x Ange

 

 

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{ BURDASTYLE } August is out…

After taking a break from BurdaStyle in feb & march, much was my irritation when I realised march probably had the nicest offerings in a long time…the open back dress & a few other things – uuuurrrgh. If anyone has a copy of march they dont want, please feel free to send it my way ok.

August is out & as much as I am bummed to see Fall/Autumn already in the mag, I feel kinda excited about it because there are a few pieces that make me oooh & aaaah….3 of my favourites being :

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The peplum top which I love because its a combination of frills & pleats…pleats being my absolute favourite thing { EVAH }. The blouse on the top right Im digging because it looks so over-the-top feminine. Problem with this collar is if you use the wrong fabric, your’e on the super highway to Bobo the clown & we dont want that. Now my favourite is that black leather jacket/blazer….dear me, look at those poofed sleeves, with pleats { BLOW MY WHISTLE } – that is soo cool Im already thinking of what colour I should make that in…

There are some other cute pieces in the August magazine as well, but for now, these 3 have me plotting & planning. Off to the leather shop I go….

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{Knitting alert}

I have almost completed the knitting up of the Smoulder pulli I mentioned in the last post. Coming to the end of any project gets you thinking about the next project. I know I have quite a few projects on the go at the moment, some of which I can get back into, some I cannot until my ankle is feeling a tad bit better.

For starters, I still have the leather handbag I started a few weeks ago but had some difficulty with the stitching. I emailed Husqvarna all the details they asked me for in order to help but I have not heard a peep from them since. I will have to remind them I am waiting….{PATIENTLY}. You can visit the leather handbag post here should you need to catch up.

I am also aware of the V8550 in the works….but this project I know needs special care & long hours so I will need to give it a few more days until my foot can cope with the strain.

So, back to knitting & selection of my next project :

I really love the Kim Hargreaves patterns. There is something so ethereal about the Whisper book so I think I might just pick another. Ive got my eye on the following :

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source : kim hargreaves

The first design is the {BIANCA} which is a lovely ribbed pulli with amazing cowl neckline and 3/4 sleeves. Yum. The second design is the {SIZZLE} with a clever stitch to give a great effect. I would have to do test swatches of both of these stitches before I attempt the actual project because Ive never knitted anything quite so adventurous before. I love them both in white {SURPRISE SURPRISE} but I would be open to making Sizzle in red too. What do you think ?

Anyway, I do hope that by the middle to end of this week I will be a little more mobile & able to withstand a few hours at a time with my foot down. Even with the new cast, as soon as I let my foot down the blood rushes down & it feels tight & still swells some. Every day is better than the day before so it really is a patience game. Moving around on the {STICKS} was hard at first & Ive realised I have much better balancing skills than I thought :-). On the up side, sleeping has become easier too which helps alot. Ive read the majority of recovery happens in the night between approximately 12 and 4am. I wonder how how much truth there is to that!?

Ok lovelies, its time to love & leave ya. In a few days I will have a great review on a sewing DVD so be sure to check it out.

Thanks for stopping by x

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{On the cutting table – leather bag}

I was inspired by this leather ‘shopper’ and decided I would try to re-create something similar that is equally as casual and practical.

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I had this brown leather in my {STASH} and didnt want to use any of the nicer coloured leather until I had this first ‘prototype’ well worked out.

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I then went on and used a regular plastic shopping bag as a size reference for the paper pattern and then the muslin pattern.  After measuring a few basics in my handbag, I added some length to the muslin so the bag could be that little bit deeper to accommodate all my {CRAPPOLA}.

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I then set out to cutting the leather & once I had some off-cuts I started testing stitches on my machine and then {CLUCK CLUCK} one needle broke and it just got worse from there. Now my machine is refusing to stitch more than 4cm without making a birds nest at the back. {PEE’D OFF}. Ive tried everything from adjusting the tension to swopping out needles and experimenting with different sized needles. I just cannot get it to stitch further than the 4cm without the birds nest. I have resorted to contacting Husqvarna for advice – perhaps in all my disappointment I have missed something. Yesterday I received a note back from Husqvarna & they appear to be {ON MY CASE}. Im hopeful that we can find the problem & move on…

Until then, this project lies on the cutting table, clamped pegged and ready to rumble…

If you have any advice or any ideas on what could be the problem, I welcome them. Ive sewn leather many times before without a problem. Both pieces of leather measure no more than 2mm in thickness – it should be a breeze for my Sapphy 😦

leather_shopper_pausedThanks for stopping by x