Now that this teaching gig is eating into my free time, I'm all for a clever gadget that makes sewing a little easier and faster. Ever since I found out that my local library stocked Burda magazines, I've been stalking their collection, mulling over each issue and trying to fit more of these patterns into my sewing schedule. The only problem with the ol' Burda mag, as we know, is that you have to trace and add your seam allowance, which I really don't enjoy (total understatement!).
(While I'm talking about my local library, I need to insert a bit of a whinge. There seems to be a few lovers of Burda magazine in my area, which is fine, except for the one borrower (a Burda Hog, no less) that picks up 8 or so issues and borrows them all, then renews them! This is within the library rules, but I don't think it's very fair to the rest of the sewers in the area. If this borrower is reading this post, it's time to share my friend! I know you cannot use all of those issues for that period of time. Be fair and only borrow what you need, not every summer issue available for a two or three week period! Now that's off my chest, back to the real sewing).
This is my new blouse - Burda 09/2011 #128.
I love the colour and I love how simple it was to make. A perfect project for a time poor sewist.
So, what's this clever gadget you ask?
A new Seam Allowance Guide!
So simple to use. Just trace the pattern as per the pattern sheet, with no seam allowance, then add this clever magnetic contraption to your scissors and cut your fabric.
Now, I'm going to head back to the library to check if the Burda Hog has returned any winter issues yet.
Happy sewing all!
Pattern: Burda 09/2011 #128. Free - from the Library
Fabric: Cotton Sateen from Spotlight (ages ago) approx $20