|Pattern Description: v neck t-shirt with pleats in the side seams, front armscye, and sleeves|
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?yes
Were the instructions easy to follow?shockingly yes. Often Burda envelope patterns lack the clear diagrams that are in the magazine, but this pattern has quite good directions particularly for the neck casing which turns out really cute if you follow Burda's directions.
The only thing I'll add is to make sure your casing ends up at the same place on either side. On my first pass, one side stretched more than the other, so I had to unpick and even it up. Not a big deal, but definitely baste the casing in first before you serge to finish it.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The pattern has all of these pleats--2 in the front armscye, 2 in each sleeve, and 2 on the front and back that chevron at the side seams (they also chevron on the sleeve, though it's less obvious). There's also a sleeve pleat + topstitching detail. The chevrons are a fun design element, and in a drapier fabric, I think they'd be really pretty.
I kind of see why this pattern hasn't been reviewed before...finding the right fabric is a bit problematic. The pleats require some drape so they flow nicely, but the sleeve topstitching seems to suggest a relatively stable fabric. It's also a fairly figure conscious top which seems to negate the pleat/drape aspect a little. I do appreciate that it's figure conscious--in my sweatshirt fleece, it makes for a cozy top. In a regular jersey, I could see this as a really pretty basics+ shirt to go with jeans.
Not a fan of the pleat detail in the armscye--it really just looks like a gross fitting error. Bust pleats don't work if you're over an A cup. They just don't.
Also, the arrows for the pleats in the sleeve point up, which is consistent with the other pleats in the pattern where you fold upwards, but as drafted, the pleats should face downward. An easy change to make, but it will require you to trim off the extra fabric when you fold upwards.
Fabric Used:sweatshirt fleece
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:I had to grade down the shoulders to a 32
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I will definitely keep this pattern around, but I'd modify it the next go...maybe stitching pleats down, something.
Conclusion: Cozy cool weather top with sporty style.
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