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BurdaStyle Magazine: 12-2013-119 (Cowl Top) - Type:Tops    printable version
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Reviewed by:Celticstitcher
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Posted on:12/15/13 9:33 AM
Last Updated:12/15/13 3:30 PM
Project Photo:BurdaStyle Magazine: 12-2013-119 by Celticstitcher

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Pattern Description: relaxed fit jersey top with waterfall effect collar created by pleats at the shoulders, elasticated waist and batwing sleeves. Can also be lengthened to short or long dress

Pattern Sizing:36-44 european sizing

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?yes it did

Were the instructions easy to follow?only if you can sew. I found I was looking for pictures to help. This is my first Burda pattern and the instructions are on the basic side.
I still can't find where you hem the facing edge and there are no instructions on seam finishes or stitch type for using stretch fabric.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I love the look and how easily it comes together, I made this in an evening. I dislike all the tracing and the lack of markings, notches etc. I think I've been spoiled by paper patterns.

Fabric Used:a lovely polyester knit with a nice sheen to it. quite stable and easy to work with. I had already tried to make a cowl tunic from this fabric, it nearly worked. I cut this up and used the fabric I still had left, this led to a problem with the lower front, but I don't think it's too noticable

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:ah yes, where to start? From my measurements I traced a size 44 and made a 3"FBA on each side. I used this method and it resulted in a VERY deep cowl, quite indecent. I then carried out a further adjustment here to remove the 3" that the FBA had increased the width (depth) of the cowl. This worked a treat, although it could be raised even more. The FBA also increases the waist which is fine for me as I need extra fabric to cover my tummy and the elastic contours the top to my actual waist.

I increased the width of the lower front to match the new upper front.

I have a narrow back at the top so I re-profiled the centre back and added a seam.

Due to fabric shortage I had to cut my lower front with a centre seam, but I tried to disguise it with the pattern.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?Yes and yes. I'm planning to make a longer version in black now that I have a pattern that fits.

Conclusion: An easy pattern to sew up quickly and looks very stylish, however using Burda patterns is definately a learning curve for me and I wouldn't suggest a complete beginner uses it as the instructions are so basic.

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imsewcrazy said...
Beautiful top! I love the way it drapes. Looks great on you!
12/15/13 12:45 PM
sewingcanary said...
Gorgeous fabric! Iíve always blouses with additional fabric in front fearful of unwanted fullness, but I can see here itís all in the fabric. I was curious how your adjustments and discovered about Ĺ of your links donít work - tried them twice. You may want to check that out. Cheers!
12/15/13 1:37 PM
Celticstitcher said...
thank you sewingcanary I've fixed them. thank you imsewcrazy, the drape is due to the pleats at the shoulders and so eady to do
12/15/13 3:32 PM
Sew Whatever said...
This looks very good on you! worth all the effort!
12/15/13 6:43 PM
SewLibra said...
Lovely top and I agree with you about Burda instructions.
12/16/13 1:32 AM
JDpenelope said...
Lots of fiddling, but in the end you got a very nice top. I bought this issue on ebay, based on another review. Hoping that the drapey cowl, shoulder pleats and batwing sleeves will mean there's no need for a full bust adjustment.
12/16/13 7:41 AM
Celticstitcher said...
JD I think it depends how big an FBA you need, mine is 6" overall so I always do one, but it is roomy
12/16/13 8:15 AM
Quickie said...
This fabric is so nice, You did a lot of work in adapting the cowl
12/19/13 1:35 AM
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