Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year and A Vintage Burda Magazine Give Away

Happy New Year Everyone....

First, I need to recap the last several months of 2014. I've been MIA in the blogosphere and my sewing has been non-existent. While I was always thinking about sewing and mentally getting a list of possible makes together in my mind, the truth is that fall 2014 was just too busy for anything but work. First, I am back to teaching grade 7 again and I have a good class. But a homeroom class always has some challenges and the first few months of any school year can be demanding. Second, I was enrolled in a partial in-class/online course. And I think the course administrators were determined to make this course heavy. I've taken a lot of additional qualification courses and while there is some work involved, it is so geared to your classroom that it melds with your everyday teacher work. Not this one. I had a few written assignments each week, an online discussion and then roughly 12 hours of in-class work as well as two large assignments for that. And that is all supposed to be handled outside of the 40 hour work week. I was just too tired to sew or blog while in that class....but now it is complete. It was the best and most challenging teacher course I've taken and I made lots of new friends. I've learned a lot and now I have time to sew.

And in the middle of all this - when I falling asleep as soon as I got home from work and sometimes even in class - I learned that I am anemic. I think I've always been borderline but now I am thoroughly anemic. Which means I have to take iron pills daily - and honestly, while I still have slower days, the pills have helped a lot.

My first project be completed this week sometime is likely a Renfrew - my tried and true pattern. I need a few shirts and I have some great navy jersey with a thin white stripe that will be great in a Renfrew. Tasia of Sewaholic promises two patterns this week, so maybe it will be a indie pattern month. I've learned that indie patterns cost more but also fit better and sew up more easily. Colette Patterns is having a Violet sew-along which I am thrilled about. It's part of their pattern-of-the-month promotion (I really need tops and I have that pattern.) 

And I have tons of fabric in my stash to make up a Violet or two. Especially since they promise to give hints and tips on making changes to the pattern - I'm hoping for sleeve variations (which I think is a no-brainer) and a peplum! that I've caught you up on my is my surprise. I found a stack - a stack!- of vintage Burdas at a thrift store a few months ago. They are all from 1979 I believe. And I am going to raffle off one issue a month until they are gone. 

This is the German language edition of the January 1979 Burda. It has an English language insert and the pattern pages too. Everything is there! 

This contest is open to every follower of this blog who leaves a comment by January 16th. I'll ship anywhere in the world. Good luck!

1)  Follow me on Blogger, Google Plus, Bloglovin or even by email.

2) Leave a comment below, before January 16, 2015.

Good Luck and Happy New Year!


  1. Wow! what a great find! Thank you for the opportunity. I follow you through Bylines/Feedly. I want to wish you the best for the New Year.

    Rose in SV

  2. Nice to see you are back to writing Nothy!

    1. Thank you its nice to be back and it is even nicer that I was missed. Happy New Year!

  3. Happy New Year - I wondered what had happened but surmised you were busy with work - now I know there was even more to it than that. Nice to see you back. Those vintage mags look wonderful. I'll make sure you are on Bloglovin - you are on my google feed as well.



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