Well, Mr S is in Johannesburg and thanks to the miracles of modern technology (thumbs up for Skype) we’ve been able to chat tonight. I’m missing him dreadfully, which is ridiculously soppy, but I make no apologies for loving that man.  He’s adorable.

So, I really need to keep myself occupied whilst he’s away, and also get my act together and start on June’s projects. So far this month nothing much has happened.

I have, however, traced and cut out a couple of Burda patterns.  It’s a dogs age since I last sewed from Burda but I used to get lovely results from them so thought it was about time I tried them again.

First up is a skirt from the 8/2009 issue:

Burda 8/2009 121
burda 8/2009 121

I’m planning a combination of the two versions.  The front will have the fly zip but not the pleated opening.  The back will have a walking split and jeans pockets.  I think there will be belt loops.  There will be topstitching but not piping.

This is to be made in a piece of denim I bought about 4 years ago from The Cloth House in London.  It will hit the current trend for denim skirts but without the usual front button closure which I’ve discovered (having spent an inordinate amount of money on a button front skirt from Hobbs) I don’t really feel comfortable with.

I’ve got this one already cut out in muslin ready to make a toile for fitting.

I’m also planning a pair of trousers from Burda Plus Autumn/Winter 2008:

Sorry for crappy photo. I couldn't find this drawing anywhere online and I have no editing software at the moment. Eugh!

These trousers will be sewn in a lovely stretch black cotton sateen bought from John Lewis I don’t know when.  I’m doing the version without cuffs to start with, but if I can get this pattern to work I’d love to make them with the cuff next time.

I’m rather hoping that with a little care and attention this could also tick the list for a TNT cigarette trouser pattern that I can come back to again and again. Fingers crossed.

And as for knitting (I know I owe you pictures of the Whitfield, but he jumped on a plane without stopping for a photo shoot), well, I’m casting on at the moment. However, having had a bit of a trial finding a pattern I wanted to knit with a limited quantity of yarn, I don’t want to jinx it until I know it’s going to work.

We don’t want a repeat of The Yarn That Doesn’t Want to be Knitted now, do we?