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Posted on:1/29/03 2:33 AM
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moushka said... (2/1/03 8:16 PM) Reply
Sorry the top is uncomfortable to wear, Deepika. It looks incredible! You really should flaunt that lovely figure of yours or you'll regret it when you're fifty and it's gone (ask me how I know ;-) Hope you will find a better fabric to make a second version. I'm inspired to make it for my DD.
alex said... (1/29/03 10:47 PM) Reply
The top looks very nice on you! I was eyeing these patterns, but with all tge drawstrings, they seemed intimidating. Thanks for the review- the drawstring patterns aren't so scarey now!
Jane Warren said... (1/29/03 10:09 PM) Reply
Deepika, this is lovely! My mother started to subscribe to Burda back in the mid 60's, and I didn't use a commercial pattern until I was in my 20's. Yes, the instructions are sketchy, but if you have access to a good general book of sewing techniques (or this website), I think even a beginner could tackle the simpler designs. Now I buy the Burda PLUS magazine which comes out a couple of times a year, and I love it. When we first started with Burda everything was in German, including the instructions, Mother would get a German speaking friend to translate the tricky bits. The extra time to trace the pattern is well worth the effort.
Margaret said... (1/29/03 9:40 PM) Reply
Nice drawstrings! I have seen some other tops with drawstrings but I think they were always in the side seams. This looks better to me. I am sorry to hear that the fabric did not work so well. Maybe this kind of fabric is good for patterns for stable knits or even wovens. I have never used it so I find this review and discussion very helpful. The top looks great, anyway!
Diane E said... (1/29/03 6:15 PM) Reply
Wow, Deepika, this top is absolutely gorgeous. I saw it in the magazine and thought I'd like to try it, but then it went into the magazine pile. Now I'm ready!! Thanks.
Georgene said... (1/29/03 6:00 PM) Reply
Deepika, matte jersey is a wonderfull fabric in the right application. It has become so popular that now there are many different qualitiesavailable. The real rayon matte jersey is soft drapey and wonderful, but you're right, I wouldn't want it tight and close to the body. Jasco rayon matte jersey (the best) is recognizable by the little silky tufty threads about 1/8" long along the selvedge. Generally not cheap, but sooo nice. Pre-wash fabric if you don't want to dry clean.
Deepika said... (1/29/03 3:43 PM) Reply
Thanks Femme. It helps to know I used the right size. The fabric just wasn't right. I am planning to make one in cotton/lycra. What do you think?
Femme said... (1/29/03 3:16 PM) Reply
Deepika, I made up the LH cowl neck top in rayon matte jersey from last weekend, and it also was rather tight and small. This fabric just isn't as stretchy as most knits; it's very stable. (It also makes me feel cold wearing it!) Also I use mostly Burda WOF patterns and hardly ever use their directions. If you have a better technique for doing something, just use it and don't worry about it.
Star said... (1/29/03 3:08 PM) Reply
Thanks, Deepika, I should have known to look on this site!!
Deepika said... (1/29/03 2:26 PM) Reply
Star here's a Review of Burda WOF there is address and telephone number at the end of the review.
Ann Smith said... (1/29/03 2:26 PM) Reply
Thanks for reviewing this, Deepika. I had my eye on this one too! Your tips will be very helpful.
Star said... (1/29/03 12:53 PM) Reply
Cute, cute, do I get that Burda WOF subscription?
Deepika said... (1/29/03 12:34 PM) Reply
ok I am wearing this top today to work and I dont know if its the fabric or the pattern but its way too tight for me. This is my first attempt with matt jersey. Are you supposed to go one size bigger for this fabric? The armholes are uncomfortable. Are burda wof sizes different from that of their patterns? You might want to measure before you just choose your regular burda size. The sleeve cap is also very fitted and it requires fair amount of easing in.
kerina said... (1/29/03 12:33 PM) Reply
This is a really cool looking top. It convinced me to overcome my fear of Burda Magazine. I'm going to start getting it this month. Thanks for the review!
Alana Robson said... (1/29/03 12:28 PM) Reply
Okay, you've convinced me! This is the exact one I was contemplating. I did think that the two-piece neckband was unusual and thought it would irritate me at the neck-shoulder intersection. Thanks for giving us your advice, I'm just going to use a standard one piece neckband applied in a circle as usual.
Gloria Allender said... (1/29/03 10:37 AM) Reply
Deepika, your top looks great! I was thinking about making this for my daughter and will definitely go ahead with it now. Thanks for sharing your tips.
cindyann said... (1/29/03 10:30 AM) Reply
Geez Depika, you sure have a nice figure! (green with envy) The top looks great on you and is nicely done. Thanks for the detailed review.
Deepika said... (1/29/03 10:11 AM) Reply
Kitty the gathers was the easiest part of this top! I have edited my review to include directions for that as well. Judy in my neck version I will be just binding the neck with the regular method. The neckband method is not worth the trouble. Bettina yes the fabric is matt jersey from TrimFabric but I am not impressed with the quality. Even though I preshrunk the fabric, I hope it does not shrink more! Sabrina I dont remember the fabric content but I think its rayon and lycra with some poly... not sure.

Thanks everyone for such nice comments! It's always so much fun to read comments! Who else can share the joy of sewing. After a rough day at work, sewing saved my day last night!
Lou. said... (1/29/03 10:04 AM) Reply
Love it! looks great!!
Lisette said... (1/29/03 9:57 AM) Reply
I love your top! I have been looking at that pattern and trying to decide which fabric to use. What is the fabric content of your matte jersey?
Debbie Spriggs said... (1/29/03 8:10 AM) Reply
I have been looking at this pattern since DH got me a subscription to this magazine for Christmas. Your top is beautiful, and the fit and color look great!
Rhonda Noah said... (1/29/03 7:20 AM) Reply
Deepika, it doesn't look too tight in the photo. It does look very figure flattering, and better on you than in the mag! Congrats on figuring out those pesky directions! ;)
said... (1/29/03 5:57 AM) Reply
Great top ! Did you use the matte rayon jersey from ?
Judy Williment said... (1/29/03 5:21 AM) Reply
I saw this one on the Burda website, and I liked it then - thanks for the heads up on the neckband and size, which will save me headaches when the issue arrives in New Zealand!
Marita Kinnula said... (1/29/03 4:43 AM) Reply
Deepika, this looks perfect on you, compliments your figure in a great way and the color is beautiful, Very good, congrats!!!
Kitty said... (1/29/03 2:55 AM) Reply
Oh, that is too awsome !! The gathers on the front weren't too complicated? I love the way it looks on you !!
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