|Pattern Description: The pattern is for a raglan sleeved t shirt with an unusual ruching in the forearms of the sleeves. The neck is finished with a contrast woven silk fabric, loosely pleated by offsetting the fabric, then gathered|
slightly to the neckline. An additional underlayer of the woven silk is attached as an underlayer at the hem of the top.
I made this pattern a few months ago, pretty much as shown in the magazine, then 3 more, much easier, versions last weekend, which I am including in the stashbusting challenge.
First, silk necked version
3 loungewear versions (2 shown in post)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Mostly
Were the instructions easy to follow? There is nothing particularly horrendous about the instructions, although I do not think they are the best way to sew this top.
I differed in my hemming (coverstitch), sleeve insertion (in flat, this being a knit, and not needing set in construction in my opinion) and in a lot of changes at the neck, which I found floppy and unappealing with the original woven addition. In the Burda-like version I added another layer of gathered silk fabric (organza) then lingerie elastic, then a knit facing as remedial additions to the neckline, and was moderately happy with the final result.
For my next 3 versions (all of these are for my daughters) I substituted a subtly decorative rolled edge neck binding - Shams tutorial for this neck bindingClick Here This was much easier than the Burda neckline, but I admit, not nearly so dramatic nor distinctive.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I adore the sleeves - such a nice feature, but not bulky due to clever drafting, and easy to sew. The original neckline was a nice idea, but needed a lot of help to sit nicely, and the rest is a very useful t-shirt/tunic
Fabric Used: Cotton lycra, with silk charmeuse and silk organza trimming for one version.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Fitting alterations - slightly square shoulder alteration and a little off the waists. Sleeve elongation for daughter the first.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?Yes, and yes, with a proceed with care recommendation for the neck treatment.
Conclusion: at 4 versions so far it is pretty clear that this has entered my Useful Pattern category. If you are making Burda's version, I hope your neckline is not as troublesome as mine.