|Pattern Description: BurdaStyle download pattern called Embroidered Tank 101 for a tank top with gathered edges, front slit and purchased trim for straps.|
Pattern Sizing: Burda 36, 38, 40, 42, 44. I cut the 42 according to my body measurements and it came out pretty large. I realize that this top is meant to be blousy and loose fitting, but it was far too loose fitting in the size I cut for my liking. So, as I was sewing the side seams, I took a much larger seam allowance and it turned out to be fine.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, I think so.
Were the instructions easy to follow? They were pretty well written for Burda downloadable, but with no illustrations to go by, one must have some knowledge of sewing terms and know what to do in case of any confusion or vagueness.
For example, the directions for sewing the binding for the neck edges and armhole openings are not that great, so I did it my own way hand sewing slip stitches and turning in the edges, making a narrow fold, and stitching in the ditch from the right side. I thought this made much nicer finished edges for the inside of the top.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the opportunity to use a lovely trim or design detail with the straps of this tank, plus it is a very easy style to make and takes a small amount of fabric, which translates for me to being able to buy really nice fabric in a small amount and is an affordable luxury
Fabric Used: Silk charmeuse from Mill End Store and beaded trim from Button Emporium, both in Portland, Oregon.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I eliminated the front slit and made the side seams french seams.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and yes!
Conclusion: Great little top I made in just a few days for nights out and my upcoming trip to Las Vegas. I plan to make a little skirt or a great pair of leather (or leather-like) skinny pants to wear with this top. Woo hoo!