Firstly a huge thank you to Cennetta at The Mahogany Stylist and Piakdy at The Overflowing Stash for the Lovely Blog award. Now I am quite late to getting around to these so I am going to cheat a bit on the rules - I have enjoyed reading others top 5 inspirations for 2012 posts so I want to point out 5 that have a bit of a Burda twist in case you haven't come across them already. This is how my blog reader has an almost unmanageable number of feeds, but I wouldn't have it any other way. So in addition to the two great blogs above you should also check out;
Aventuras de Costuras - This talented lady not only blogs in two languages she makes some amazing clothes, check out the BurdaStyle designer coat she made here.
Made by Meli88a - A bit of Burda, a bit of Vogue, a lot of everything fabulous, like this electric blue dress.
Sew Skate Read - The monthly reviews of BurdaStyle are superb and I often spot things I had overlooked, or just enjoy sharing a laugh at Burda's moments of madness. There is even a year end wrap up here.
Chanel no6 - Great writing, as you would expect from an author and perhaps less expected, wearing LBD's in the snow!
Burda Addicts - a collection of reviews of Burda patterns, it's in french but you can see the photos and the pattern numbers which is good enough even if you don't understand a word.
I've made some progress sorting out my sewing room / guest room. Actually I even tried to palm off the guest sofa bed into my husband's study, but that ended in near disaster with me trapped in the study and the sofa bed wedged in the doorway for about 30 panic stricken minutes! I don't really have anywhere to put my sewing machines yet, they are just propped on a bay window which makes for very uncomfortable sewing, but It is lovely to have my folding cutting table back out of storage and while not much sewing has been happening there has been lots of tracing and cutting. I've ordered a desk from Ikea which is due to arrive next Tuesday and then I'll be properly back in business.
I love this thing so much I can overlook the 1990's pine. It travelled with me from London in 2001 and has spent the last 4 years of it's life in a storage warehouse. Welcome back old friend! (note the deceptively large sofa bed lurking in the background!)
Um yeah, currently a mess but only till next Tuesday, assuming my self assembly skills are up to the job.