So I enrolled in the BurdaStyle Teaching Certification Course by Meg Healey. It has been interesting so far. Learning the Burda way of doing things. Always a bit of a shock to my system for not doing things the way Mum did them. Also doing everything in inches because the course is American is a bit annoying too. I will survive though and probably learn a lot and get to pick and choose what I keep. This post is about the assignment 1 of the course related to Pattern Prep: The BurdaStyle Way.
Preparing the pattern
The course has gone through the 3 different ways to get a pattern from Burda ie Pattern Prep: The BurdaStyle Way
- The BurdaStyle Magazine – These have great memories for me. Mum had a few when I was growing up, I still have them. I loved looking through them at the slightly quirky slightly German clothes
- Draft-it-yourself patterns – Not as scary as they sound. Just draw up the shapes to the size they recommend on paper
- Download digital patterns – I’m a little bit disappointed about the ones provided for the course they are for letter paper and we don’t have access to the A4 versions. I know from experience that it is possible to get most digital patterns in A4 as well. Just another Americanism that I have to cope with in the course.
So after I chose a method (in this case the pattern they want us to use for the assignment). The assignment pattern was a miniflap skirt, #117A from 02/2017. I printed the 10 pages of the pattern making sure that I choose ‘Actual size’ in the printer settings. Once I finished I checked the square to make sure it was the right size on the pattern piece. Yippee, it was correct. My 10cm by 10cm square was actually 10cm by 10cm. Win 1 for the day. I then proceeded to cut and stick together the pieces.
Cutting out the pattern in fabric
I looked in the stash and found a nice black and white patterned fabric. I used that to cut it out. Probably didn’t go as well as I would have liked. Annoying to have to add seam and hem allowance. Also, the fabric was stretchy and slippy so the straight lines weren’t so straight (whoops).
Grand Assignment 1 Completed
Anyway here is the image for the assignment. I haven’t made the skirt up yet but I’ve got everything together to make it happen. Even got an exposed zipper from Daiso.