I splurged on a Burda Style magazine yesterday. And promptly cut out a pattern from a back issue. Oh well. Maybe in another 6 months I'll sew something from my new magazine...
This time, I made Burda Style 07-2011-104. It's made out of net in the original pattern, but I didn't want to look like something fished up from the deep. So I decided that lace was the way to go! First, I thought I should get some advice on sewing lace from my reference book (no useful advice found).
Oh well, it didn't matter anyway. Turns out lace is easy enough to sew. Just use french seams. The binding around the neck, hem, and armholes was simple, but fiddly. My sewing machine doesn't love shiny stuff, and kept skipping stitches.
I did add some bust darts, because when I tried it on (thankfully before the armhole binding), it was just begging for them.
The result? Good! I really like it. My goal this year is to do things *properly*, not fast. So I don't mind that it took half a day to create a top out of two pieces. I feel like I've done it nicely, and that is important to me.
Also? I ordered some shoes from the States. On Friday. And got them yesterday. They are Calvin Klein and they are GREAT. Highly recommend www.endless.com if you are in the market for some good shoes! Free international shipping for orders over $100, too (note: not paid for this, just like the site!).