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Monday, December 17, 2012

Burda Style 11/2012 - 136 Top

A few weeks ago I found a plus sized top in one of the sample shops here costing less than the equivalent of US$2 in a great quality inky blue jersey.  So I snapped it up and then chopped it up and made this very simple top from the November issue of Burda Style.  There are just two pieces and I kept the original hem of the top making it a really quick make.  It isn't a terribly exciting top, but a great basic and the wide cut on sleeves and narrow waist give it a good shape.









The styling in the magazine gives the impression this is supposed to be worn over another top and this would explain why the armhole is drafted so low.  I just sewed up the side seam a few inches.  This photo shows the alteration although it's a bit confusing because it's on it's side (I rotated it in iphoto, but blogger isn't ready to pick up that version yet, don't ask me why!).  The stitching line is the original, to the right is the armhole and the pins mark my new stitching.



You already saw me wearing this top with the pencil skirt from my last post, but here it is a bit closer.





10 comments:

Judith said...

Brilliant to use an Xlarge top to remake into your own size, and from a different pattern - very clever (and looks great on you)...J

Vicki said...

I like this top. Nice style and looks good with the skirt. And you can't beat $2 for the fabric!

Catherine Daze said...

I don't even remember that pattern from the magazine. It's a really nice top; so many of the Burda ones are a bit sack-like but this has shape despite being so simple.

katya said...

you look good! it's a great idea to use an xlarge top and create your size!:)) i like this shirt

Andrea said...

Nice top - I was eyeing that for a quickie in the Burda mag, but gosh those armholes were low! You've remedied that well. Looks great on you.

sewstashsew said...

Lovely. Your wardrobe and sewing skills are so inspiring! Sue

Gail said...

Love the shaping of the shoulder and sleeve. And that fabric was quite a find.

Gabrielle said...

Great top - your fabric looks to have a lovely drape, and your new improved sleeves look better than the originals!

mysewcialworld said...

That top looks really great. I love the color. I was also looking at thit pattern in the BurdaStyle magazine thinking it might become a great top for the gym. Over an exercice bra those low armhole might work well.

Katharine said...

Stunning, Allison. You're absolutely right, it has great shape. The cut-on sleeves are so feminine! Here I thought high armholes are the key to looking slimmer. No more, you look fab! This is Katharine in case my husband's account is signed in :)