Tuesday, April 19, 2011

From Russia, with love

Dear Readers,

I've been silent lately because I'm traveling in Russia! Of course, sewing has not left my mind (does sewing ever leave my mind?) and I am finding here plenty of inspiration that I wanted to share with you.

First, I found a magazine from 1959 in an antique shop in Saint-Petersburg. The cover says "Clothes for young people Moscow".

Weirdly, the magazine has appealed to my current obsession with big pockets. I'm just dying to make a dress with big pockets! There is just something about it! Maybe it's my practical side?

The magazine features so many interesting design ideas that could be incorporated into more modern garments.

Second, I found myself in the land of Burda pattern magazine! As you can see, I got a little carried away and bought all the issues I could find! Now, I just need to trace the various pattern pieces using tracing paper and assemble the pieces following to the instructions. Wait -- the instructions... they're in Russian! Oh well, a good way to practice.

This is the pattern I most likely to make. This cut usually fits me well.

I even found the Burda headquarters in Moscow! Of course, the offices weren't open to the public, but I could still visit the small fabric store. (I am proud to report that not a single button was bought, and that I stayed strong in the face of the many gorgeous fabrics trying to seduce me.)

I can't wait to get back to Hull and start sewing -- I miss my Singer Samba!

1 comment:

  1. I have the Burda issues on the left and right, although in Spanish. If you need clarification on the instructions for any of the items from those issues, feel free to e-mail me at peaches2218@hotmail.com. I'll translate to English if you want, although I see that you're doing your masters in Spain and the UK. :) --Leslie


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