Wednesday 4 April 2012

Tracing marathon finished!

Just to say that a marathon tracing session produced Burda patterns for
1. the Alberta Ferrari dress pictured below,
2. the waistband-less pants,
3 the popular zig-zag knit dress
4. and the other floaty chiffon dress from the April issue
5. the double-layered sleeveless top with the trailing tail. I have some construction ideas about that one to save on expensive fabric that I'll be sharing soon.

Do I need fancy, floating dresses during a Swiss mountain summer full of rain and evening chills? No.
Do I need double-tailed silk sheath tops while planting radishes and lettuce? No.
Do I need pants without pockets when I carry stuff up and down three stories of farmhouse all day? No.

Could I survive the whole summer with the wardrobe full of skinny jeans and long white shirts I already own?
Could I make it all the way to September on the safari jackets I've already made up in beige, khaki, navy blue, white and black?

Am I, like you, just somebody who needs to feel the pleasure of creating something that is new, fits and gives the fresh season a lift?


I'm inspired by all the spring sewing I see going on, but what with the "visitations" to Switzerland of three adult offspring from UK universities, all time is devoted to cooking for five and catching up with their news.

Happy Easter, everybody!


  1. I love this post! It's so fun to sew for pleasure and from inspiration rather than need!

  2. Is it easier to trace a big batch in one go? I usually have to stop after two because it takes so long, at least by the time I've made all the adjustments.