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Pattern Reviews> BurdaStyle Magazine> 01-2011-129 (Knit Top with Mock Shrug)

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Posted on:1/4/11 0:10 AM
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cindyann said... (12/27/11 1:19 PM) Reply
This review is most helpful!
Paris75008 said... (1/6/11 7:17 PM) Reply
They both look lovely on you. Well done! Helpful review and great tip for raising the neckline. The effects of stitching and driving???? If more people did that, maybe there would be less road accidents!!!
ChristineX said... (1/5/11 6:53 PM) Reply
I love the top. Thank you for the great review!
Heatherrique said... (1/5/11 3:43 PM) Reply
Thank you everyone for your kind comments and feedback! I have worn the navy one twice outside the house and it is quite comfortable. The neckline has a a slight "drape" when moving a certain way (still wearable). It could be due to the nature of the material in comparison with the other top. Also I noticed the peeking bra strap is more apparaent with a halter-style bra or racerback bra. I wish i had tightened the neckline a little more.
Deepika said... (1/5/11 9:37 AM) Reply
Fab review! Thanks for taking the time to walk us through the construction process. I actually like both your versions.
Terri A said... (1/5/11 2:19 AM) Reply
These tops are tdf. I just love the style!
mochimo said... (1/4/11 4:44 PM) Reply
Both your tops look nice! I have been wanting to make a faux shrug top for some time now and maybe I will give this one a try (I like the S. Betzina/Vogue pattern but it is not sold here and it costs too much to get it from overseas). I will probably wait until the patterns become available as downloads on the Burdastyle site (the pattern sheets have become so complicated and there are so few patterns that I really like in every issue that I prefer not to buy the magazine and download the pattern if I really want to sew something out of BurdaStyle magazine).
CypGrl said... (1/4/11 1:34 PM) Reply
I love the navy polka dot one on you. Thanks for the very detailed review -- and all the car photos on your blog link.
MNBarb said... (1/4/11 12:52 PM) Reply
A great neckline on you. You have convinced me that Burda Magazine is NOT for me. I'll just have to stick with their envelope patterns. Hats off to you for getting past the maze of tracing.
ITAdmin said... (1/4/11 12:45 PM) Reply
This brought back memories of the disaster I had making the Sandra Betzina version of this style. Apparently, there's something about it that's just confusing. Both your tops look cute, though. I love the fabric for the blue one.
Barbara V said... (1/4/11 10:51 AM) Reply
So nice to see your versions of this pretty BWOF top and read your tips for figuring out the correct steps. They both look great on you. I appreciated seeing on your blog the collection of similar style patterns. I've sewn the Sandra Betzina top, but want to try one of the others. Thanks!
mssewcrazy said... (1/4/11 7:54 AM) Reply
You wound up with a great top. I have gotten a russian version of a burda issue that is oop and need to find 3 pieces of the pattern. I have about decided I am out of my league with burda-my hat's off to you for your success with this top. It will be a miracle if I ever find my 3 pattern pieces and then I am done with burda magazines. Life is too short for the maze of lines that they call patterns.
dingyadi said... (1/4/11 5:32 AM) Reply
This is such a great and flattering top. Love this style and love both your versions. Thanks for the really informative review too.
SewWil said... (1/4/11 1:40 AM) Reply
I like both of your tops. I've been eyeing this top ever since I received the magazine. I appreciate your detailed and very helpful review.
Annette1 said... (1/4/11 0:50 AM) Reply
I remember quite some time ago pulling the pattern sheets out of my Burda Plus magazine, and just LOOKING at them, trying to figure out what was what, I gave up and put it away! But here you are with TWO great tops, one just slightly more modest than the other. When I read, "I achieved what I called the ultra conservative version as a result of my blunders," I had to laugh, because I'd probably NEED an ultra conservative version. :o) When I was in Wal-Mart today (I always cruise by the fabric department), I noticed the new McCall's were out, and I bought a pattern very similar to this, LIKE I NEED ANOTHER PATTERN. :o) Yours and Christa's tops have turned out so beautifully, I hope I can make one that's CLOSE anyway. GREAT review!
michellep74 said... (1/4/11 0:40 AM) Reply
Thanks for a very helpful review. I had a similar head-scratching experience with the neckline on a very simple yet-to-be-reviewed sweetheart top from KnipMode. Your tops turned out very cute, though--I especially like the 2nd version!
Christas said... (1/4/11 0:33 AM) Reply
OOOOH, I love it! Both versions look nice. I will have to use your cut and spread method and add an inch there for my next top. I like your highlighter idea too. I felt like I was going cross-eyed trying to find the pieces. It is unreal how cluttered the pattern pages are now. This top looks great on you! Thanks for your very helpful tips on how to make the top more modest and also how to FIND the patterns you want on that crazy Burda "map" by highlighting.
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