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|Burda: 8860 (Shirt/blouse) - Type:Tops|
Review submitted in Fabric Stash Contest 2013 Contest
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|Posted on:||7/12/13 2:09 AM |
|Last Updated:||7/12/13 5:29 PM|
|Pattern Size:||Plus-Sized Regular Petite |
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
|Fabric:||Cotton- Lawn [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|A second version of this shirt made for the stash competition of July 2013 deserves a fresh review because I had a different experience of the pattern owing to fitting alterations I made.|
All photos can be seen here.
"Blouse, semi-fitted." Four different views have pocket, sleeve and collar variations. I made view B (which has three-quarter sleeves) but with the longer sleeves of view D.
Sizes 16-22 have horizontal bust darts -- not shown in the envelope diagrams.
US 10-22; European 36-48. I cut my usual size 20 but with extra ease in the body -- see below. This pattern is described as semi-fitted, and indeed there is little wearing ease in the body.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Not much because I did not make any one view exactly.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I did not follow them closely because I have made many shirts, and have made this pattern before. I probably consulted them a couple of times.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Another pattern for a classically cut shirt. When I found this pattern I had already tried two other Burda shirt patterns from the early noughties and thought this one would be worth trying as well.
Liberty lawn, a design called Lucy Locket in teal and black (click here). It seems nauseating some times and all right other times, but is too good to waste. At least it is another piece of about 2 metres (2 1/4 yards) off my stash and turned into a useful garment.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
My first version was too tight in the hip, although a good fit elsewhere.
This time, inspired by -- but not exactly copying -- a fitting tip from a Sandra Betzina Vogue pattern (click here), I extended the armhole and sides to add width equal to a larger size at the front sides and less at the back. I also added the same amount to the sleeves but tapered downwards to eliminate the extra fullness by about elbow level.
This alteration could be called a pauper's FBA or a lazy FBA -- a full bust adjustment with extra ease in the waist and hip as well but with a less complex tissue adjustment than a conventional FBA. The result works well and is a distinct improvement on my first attempt at this pattern, which was too tight in the hips and had to be photographed very cunningly to avoid looking dreadful.
I also lowered the horizontal bust darts by 4cm to allow for the effects of age and gravity on the magnificent Stark bosom.
I lengthened the body and sleeves by 1cm because Burda patterns are designed for someone slightly shorter than me.
Would you sew it again?
Now that I have achieved a better fit, I really like this pattern and could happily make it again.
Would you recommend it to others?
Yes. This pattern dates from 2000 and is now out of print. You might be able to find a copy on the net; mine came from eBay.
A jolly good pattern for a classic shirt. Do not be put off by the quirky and unhelpful envelop illustrations.
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