Thank you for your pearls of wisdom following my last post. I know this happens to us all at one time or another and that if I forced myself to make something it would end up a wadder. It's not as if I have clients or a deadline to worry about. It seems the universe is doing its best to help too - this week I received Patrones #300, a late Christmas gift on making vintage bags and Vogue are having an online sale so I may get a few of the new patterns. So I will be back in action soon I think.
Meanwhile I did something I have been meaning to do for a while - embellish a plain LBD with some stones. (I just found my original blog post talking about this from August 2009 so anytime I announce a plan feel free to take no notice!).
I wanted to create a "necklace" effect and just arranged the stones directly on the dress until I was happy with the result. I then roughly drew the final design so I wouldn't forget it and stitched the stones on starting in the centre. My stitching and placement are not perfect - I don't think I will be getting a call from Lesage anytime soon - but I am happy with it.
The dress is from my old favourite, Burda 02/2009 - 124 which I have made 3 times already - and has been sitting in my wardrobe for over a year ever since I made it for my grandmothers funeral. I think it deserves to be worn again and I think she would agree.
Back issues of Burda query
"D" recently left a comment on an old post asking where to get a copy of Burda 04/2008, specifically for the trench jacket with pleat trim. Sorry I was not able to reply personally so I hope you see this D. Other than the usual ebay, Pattern review classifieds the only other suggestion I have is to search on Pattern Review and see if anyone near to where you live would be willing to lend or copy the pattern for you. Alternatively you could search for a similar pattern in the big 4 and add your own pleated trim - it's just a strip, I think this and the topstitched belt are the only really unique details so you could get pretty close. If anyone has any other ideas please let me know.