So, now that I’ve reminded myself that it is well and truly February, I had to make a concrete decision on the patterns for this month’s instalment of the Burda Challenge 2018. There are a few options in the running, and time and suitable fabric will tell which get done! From this year’s February issue I have traced two tops/blouses. I’ll try to get them both toiled tomorrow, if they don’t need much more tweaking than a FBA then they could be made in some of my stashed viscose.
From previous issues I’ve identified the oversized, pleated back shirt 113 and the variation 114 from the 2015 magazine for Daughter No 2, and the coat, 103 from last year for Daughter no1. That coat I really want to make in a fabric printed with one of Daughter No1’s own designs, the amarylis pattern in her Instagram post. But custom printing is pricey which is why I still haven’t made it. But if I get the pattern traced and toiled I’ll be a couple of steps closer, right?
I usually keep a notebook handy and make good notes of what I’ve done in a project, what I’ve used, where the fabric’s from (if I can remember), etc. Daughter No1 was creating beautiful designs that she wanted on the covers of notebooks, so I figured I’d hold off buying a shop notebook until I got one of hers. I had to wait a while, writing this year’s projects in the back of last year’s notebook! Now her website is working, shop is live and books have been printed and ordered. They arrived today, I was waiting in ambush for the postie!
I really love the designs, there are ten and it was hard to pick just the four I bought. She’s put a lot of thought into the whole product. The paper is recycled, the covers printed with vegetable inks. You’d think they’d be dull and pale, right? Wrong! They are vivid and bright. The books came wrapped in a plant based cellophane envelope that can be put in a commercial composting bin (not your domestic one, it can’t generate the heat required to degrade the corn base) and will completely biodegrade. The paper and cardboard envelope posting envelope too is recycleable. In a world that’s rapidly filling up with waste, it’s good to see young people working hard to combat it.
I’ve chosen the Amarylis print to start recording this year’s sewing projects. I’ll be transferring the notes I have written in the next few days to I’m ready to just carry on with the February sewing. The gorgeous Rose print will be for recording my attempts at living better this year. That means reducing waste, eliminating as much plastic from my life as possible and limiting my use of chemicals too. The all over Rambling Rose print will be for allotment notes!
The bright pink Peony notebook will be used to record my new knitting and crochet projects and my knitting notes because I am learning again. My early attempts at knitting stopped early too! My squares just would not stay square, and they got holey too… I just never had the patience required to be good at it. But this is my Year of Action, and of doing New Things. So I’m learning to knit again and I’ll be doing more crochet too. So far I’ve managed a hat with a daisy stitch and I’ve started a pair of cable knit mitts. Fingers crossed!!
Just to let you all know, I bought the books and am shouting so loudly about them because I love them, love the concept and really want this to succeed. Daughter No 1, or TAYLA, has worked really hard on this. She is determined to make it as a designer and to succeed. So go and have a look at her first offerings and treat yourself to a pretty notebook or two. Or four! 🙂