Well hello there. Yes, it has been some time since I last posted anything. Thanks for sticking around. My ready to wear fast was over in October and I made it! Made it, get it? Anywho, sewing slowed down this summer, as it usually does for me. This year though it was because I was busy training for a Triathlon, which I completed in August. It was totally awesome and I plan to do it again next summer. After the tri things didn’t slow down and my sewing didn’t pick up. Oh well, at least I got one more garment made right at the tail end of 2013.
I have wanted to make this BurdaStyle t-shirt ever since I first saw it in 2012.
But, I have a confession to make….I have never been brave enough to sew a BurdaStyle or Burda World of Fashion pattern. I have been totally intimidated by them. Silly I know. I am 50 years old. I have been sewing for years, and I am afraid of a pattern company. Well, in a determined moment I paid for this pattern and downloaded it.
I don’t know why I have been so intimidated by these patterns. This pattern is lovely. It is well drafted and easy to sew. I used a lovely ITY jersey I got from Gorgeous Fabrics last summer (sorry she is all sold out). I cut out a size 42 with 5/8″ seam allowances and stitched it up. I am really happy with the results.
This top is pretty long. It is about 26 inches at center back. If I were to make it again, I would probably shorten it just a bit.
The sleeves are long too, but I like them like that. It is hard to see, but the sleeves have the same gather detail as the front does.
I really didn’t follow the instructions much. Not that there are many. Here is what I changed.
1. I serged all my seams.
2. The instructions call for Vilene Bias Tape/stay tape (I had to google it). I have no such thing but I do have this…so this is what I used.
3. The instructions tell you to cut facing strips out of the fashion fabric. These are used to back the gathered seams. I used Seams Great instead. I didn’t want all the extra bulk the fabric strips would have added.
4. It also calls for a back neck facing strip. The instructions were confusing to me, and when I tested their method I could not get it to look like anything other than home-made. I used a Kwik Sew method instead. Below is a photo of the Kwik Sew method. Worked like a charm.
That’s about it. The only other thing is that my muslin, a light cotton knit, fit great, but when I made it up in the jersey it was a bit tighter than what I like. Thankfully I had a 5/8″ seam allowance to play with and I ended up serging a narrow 1/4″ seam allowance at the side and sleeve seams.
This was a fun top to make and even more fun to wear. If you want to make one of these up, be sure that you are using a knit that drapes well. I have about 1 1/2 yards left of this great fabric. Thinking about making a skirt to go with the top. I am saving the scraps too because I think they will make great accent pieces in work out clothes.
I don’t know why I waited so many years to try a Burda magazine pattern, but I am glad I finally did. If you are hesitant, pick something simple and go for it.
Happy New Year everyone! Oh, I have decided to do another Ready to Wear Fast with Sarah of Goodbye Valentino. Want to join us? Here is the link http://goodbyevalentino.com/2013/12/01/invitation/.