Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Burda Challenge 03/2016 #118

I have been a little preoccupied with life things and haven't been around blogland much. So thank you everyone for the lovely comments on my Burda pants and Butterick skirt. I've worn the pants already and love them. And cannot WAIT to wear the skirt! It snowed today so...maybe in a little while. :)

So, Kathy posted things from the March issue that she was digging over on Instagram. Confessions of a Sewing Novice then mentioned she liked this weird top too. And whaddya know, I was feeling the same way about the odd little top from the March issue! So we made a pact to sew it up and here's my contribution to #teamtrashbagtop !  [See CoaSN version here]


I know. I looked at the line drawing and thought, "Oh, Burda"

But then I had to agree with the other ladies that even Burda's rectangle patterns just...work...so I went for it!

I used this Maggy London striped jersey that has been hanging in the stash since last summer (Fabric Mart of course) and traced a size 40. 

This pattern is so quick to trace and sew. It took me 90 minutes to trace, cut, sew and take photos. Win.

While I didn't bother to try to match stripes when cutting, it worked out pretty well when sewing. The pattern is intended to be left unhemmed and that's okay with me. I cut with my rotary cutter for a nice, crisp edge and did a little zigzag to tack the serged seam allowance. 


I kind of love it.


The front drape is made by taking 2 tucks. The cowl has a wonderfully drafted facing.


The back is voluminous but IT WORKS!

Cute and casual and my stripes mostly match! :)

My February Burda project is in the works. I have to run by Hancock to get zippers tomorrow and that should be wrapped up by weekend. I'm committed to the Burda Challenge this year! 


20 comments:

  1. Oh my!!! I kind of LOVE it too! It looks really good on you!

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  2. It came out really great. I definitely like it better with the fabric you used.

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  3. What a fun top - I'm sure you will enjoy wearing this.

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  4. looks really cute on you! i had my eye on that pattern too, planing to make a dress version, once the burda hits the news stands here :)

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    1. Thank you!! Kathy made the dress version and it's super cute! A little long though as I know she's about 5'8" and said she was going to chop off a few inches.

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  5. Love this top now that I am seeing it again on your blog. When I saw the line drawing I thought UGH! But your sewn version looks good. I like the sleeve bands and works well for striped fabric!

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    1. Thanks Linda! I was going to use a different fabric and then had a lightbulb moment about this striped jersey in the stash. WIN!

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  6. My March Burda arrived today - I saw this pattern and thought WTF? But seeing your version has me thinking twice - Ithink your version in stripes with the cuffs in a different direction looks so great and much better than the bright yellow that Burda used. Good luck with your February project - I know you can do it!

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    1. Haha! That was totally my initial reaction too! And the more I looked at it, the more I started thinking "maybe..." :)

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    2. I thought the same thing! Yours is so much better!

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    3. Me three! "Oh Burda" is EXACTLY what I said. Now that I've seen yours, I'm going to try it. Sooooo...you do that for us every time there's an "Oh Burda" moment, mmmmmmmkay? =)

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  7. When I saw the line drawing, I thought "Oh dear!" but this is so cute on you! How clever of you to see it potential!

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  8. Easy and comfy! btw I'm also a crafty chemist (I haven't been in a lab for years though...)

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    1. I'm out of the lab too Anabelle but have fond memories of experiments gone wrong :)

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  9. Seems like the kind of shirt that needs the exact right kind of fabric. Looks really good on you, but I don't think it's my cup of tea!

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  10. Holy Crap Nakisha, I looked at the line drawing and thought, 'really'? After seeing this made up, I now think, 'REALLY!!!' Very, very cool!

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