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Pattern Reviews> BurdaStyle Magazine> 02-2014-115 (Structure Peplum Top)

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Posted on:3/7/14 6:42 AM
Pattern Size:Petite 
Project Photo:BurdaStyle Magazine: 02-2014-115 by kristylee

BurdaStyle Magazine: 02-2014-115 by kristylee  BurdaStyle Magazine: 02-2014-115 by kristylee  
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Pattern Rating:Recommend, with Modifications
Review Rating: Helpful by 2 people    Needs More Info by 1 people    Very Helpful by 6 people   
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Pattern Description:
A raglan sleeved collarless jacket with peplum and interesting shoulder caps. Burda describes it as - "Architectural lines and a graphic print make this long sleeved top a showstopper. The peplum hem is subtle for flattering waist shaping." Burda also calls this a shirt although they recommend jacket fabrics with some body, and I would consider this more a jacket than blouse.

Pattern Sizing:
Sizes 17-21 which is Burda's petite size range, although I am not strictly in the petite category the pattern fitted ok without lengthening the waist but I did add an extra 3cm to the peplum length.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes it does look like the pattern photo, although I chose not to use such a bright patterned fabric - I was tempted though because I found the exact same fabric for sale in a local fabric store which sadly is $89/m!

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The pattern instructions weren't too bad, but being Burda aren't great or in depth either. A raglan jacket is fairly simple so it's not too hard to figure out how to sew it.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I couldn't tell if I would like those extra shoulder caps or not because they are rather quirky bordering on 'very fashion forward', but in the end it's one of the things I quite like about this pattern! There was nothing I particularly disliked about this pattern.

Fabric Used:
A cream mid weight linen that has been languishing in my stash for more than 15 years.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made a number of fitting alterations to get rid of excess fabric around the shoulders, armscye and bust line but apart from that it's pretty much the pattern as designed. I also inserted a lightweight separating zip instead of sewing on grosgrain ribbon with hooks and eyes purely because a zipper is easier to sew and wear.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I may sew this again - I had intended this version to be a hopefully wearable muslin but lost steam while sewing it before I could get to the fabric I'd picked for the actual version! It is an interesting jacket though, and the mild peplum is quite flattering so I would recommend it to others.

Overall an interesting and fashionable jacket / top that needs a bit of work to get a good fit but is worth the effort. More photos and details at my blog.
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dinagideon said...
I saw your review over at your blog. I just love this. Thanks for the tip on the zipper, I didn't much care for the hook/eye closures, and love the zip treatment. :)
3/7/14 7:26 AM
Judy Kski said...
Very nice looking peplum jacket. You nailed the fit on this pattern.
3/7/14 8:36 AM
Elke said...
Looks and fits you perfectly! I like the shape of the peplum!
3/7/14 8:57 AM
Sewiing Sue said...
I like your cream fabric better because it displays the architecture of the design better. The patterned fabric for the magazine photo shoot obscures the cap sleeve detail and much else. good choice. Lots of wow factor here.
3/7/14 9:22 AM
persevering said...
Yes, I agree about the architectural effect/fashion forward of how the cream fabric really shows the design well. Congratulations on your great sewing accomplishment!
3/7/14 11:15 AM
persevering said...
In addition, congratulations on the great fit ...fabulous!
3/7/14 11:16 AM
marjieco said...
I love it, great job.
3/7/14 1:33 PM
MrsCharisma said...
Amazing. It fits really well and will be very versatile!!
3/7/14 3:59 PM
Mary Nanna said...
I too think this is amazing - I tried to leave a comment on your blog but I found the disquis commenting mechanism hard to use and somehow it got deleted. Anyway, what a stylish jacket. Definitely has the wow factor, and I think it would look amazing in the original fabric, at $80 per metre if you could bear to look at the pattern again!
3/7/14 4:17 PM
sewgirlygirl-knot! said...
I didn't even notice the sleeve in the patterned fabric. I agree with everything Sewiing Sue said.
3/8/14 0:10 AM
SewLibra said...
Very nice jacket and love the zip idea!
3/8/14 0:30 AM
velosewer said...
Truly gorgeous jacket Kristy.
3/8/14 1:08 AM
Danvillegirl said...
Great job with this pattern.
3/8/14 7:39 AM
becca a said...
Lovely jacket! It fits you beautifully.
3/8/14 10:29 AM
AndreaSews said...
Great jacket, Kristy. Cream is a personal favorite! I love love love! the grosgrain belt you made for it as well.
3/8/14 11:30 AM
wildberrymom said...
This is a flattering and unique jacket and, I agree, you nailed the fit. Very nice!
3/9/14 6:31 PM
yarnivore said...
Just wonderful! I've got this traced off in the "tall" version -- maybe I should compare the two patterns before cutting it out. Your jacket is fantastic, and makes me want one of my own.
3/18/14 10:30 PM
yarnivore said...
Just wonderful! I've got this traced off in the "tall" version -- maybe I should compare the two patterns before cutting it out. Your jacket is fantastic, and makes me want one of my own.
3/18/14 10:36 PM
arianamaniacs said...
this is awesome!
3/27/14 4:31 AM
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