Burdastyle magazine this year has had seveal easy patterns that are quick to sew but have potential to be shapeless. A few too many, in the opinion of half the sewing blog world.
Just two pattern pieces is tempting though, despite the threat of shapelessness….
And thanks to the power of belts, I can still have a waist.
Pattern: Burdastyle 05-2012-110B and A
Size: 34-44. I made a 42.
Style B is in a white with small black polka dot cotton knit
Style A is in an ombre silk cotton woven.
Changes I made:
Burda instructs you to cut 110B out on the bias with a recommended fabric of jersey. Not sure why this is necessary. I didn’t have enough fabric to do this so I cut the pieces out on the straight grain. My knit is super stretchy and has excellent recovery and the cowl still drapes nicely. Its not a proper cowl – there is no facing.
I cut out the ombre woven out on the cross grain, so that the colour graduation went from hips to shoulders rather than side to side.
I sewed the side seams up a further 3 cm (for the woven) to 5 cm (for the knit) into the armscye. Now my bra (and belly button) does not show when I move my arms…
What is it with Burda and low armscyes?
The top is quite long and shapeless unbelted.
Isn’t the ombre lovely though? I used the last 25 cm to make my sash.
The neck tuck is a silly idea, but a cowl on the straight grain with no facing just doesn’t work. I liked the tuck pointing towards the side better than the way Burda suggested.
My conclusion on this pattern?
There are better cowl neck top patterns out there. This one is probably best in a knit or woven on the bias, and the neck tuck on the woven version cut on the straight grain is just lazy.
Despite the shortcoming of this pattern, I do like both tops, and they have already been worn to work. I think that says something about the lovely fabrics I used.
On a serious note, I have found it very difficult this weekend to think of anything else but the families and friends of the children and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I hope they can sense the love and support pouring into Newtown from around the globe. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.