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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

BurdaStyle 05/2012 - 110 Top

I wanted to use up the remnants of fabric I had left over from the dress I made recently, it was one of those annoying pieces that are slightly too small to do very much with and slightly too big to throw away.  I managed to just squeeze out this draped neck top from the May 2012 BurdaStyle.  I had to add a centre back seam and I also added ties in each side seam to give it a bit more shaping.

Here is the pattern from the magazine:




This is a very straightforward top to make so there really isn't anything to say about construction except that Burda suggest cutting it on the bias in the jersey version.  I've made this top before and found that in jersey the neckline drapes perfectly well cut on the straight grain so save yourself some fabric if you make this.  I also took in the side & shoulder seams at least 2 sizes so you might want to think about going down a size too, although bear in mind my fabric is very thin and stretchy.

I feel much better having used up every last bit of this fabric, but plenty more still to go from my last spree, must get sewing....


Close up of the neckline.


Close up of the ties - basically just tubes turned and caught in the side seam, I shaped them a bit so they are wider at the side seam.


I wore this to travel back from Chiang Mai home to Hong Kong recently with my denim pencil skirt.  I look surprisingly happy here given we were about to leave!





23 comments:

Nancy K said...

I love the top on you and it looks great with your skirt. I am mystified as to why Burda or anyone else recommends cutting jersey on the bias, unless we are talking stripes, because knits have no bias.

T. Sedai said...

Super cute! Perfect use of your leftover fabric.

the craftytraveller said...

Gorgeous staple.

Sewing With a Plan said...

Your top looks great on you. It would have been a shame to waste that lovely fabric. I also like your idea of putting the ties on the sides of the top. It gives it a lovely shape.

beurreblanc said...

What an excellent idea to add ties to the side seams. Lovely top.
-Sewingelle

Vicki said...

Nice! Looks perfect with the denim skirt.

kbenco said...

Adding the ties is a brilliant idea. Your top is very smart, and how good is it to use up the very last piece of some almost-big-enough fabric! Mine lurks balefully in the stash pretending it will be useful one day :(

Inkstain said...

I agree with kbenco that the ties are a briliant touch. btw please stop with this gorgeous holiday photos that make me miss Asia so much! We just had snow last week...

Amanda S. said...

Looks great! I like the addition to ties to give it some shape.

Clio said...

I love the changes you made! The ties really add style and shaping to an otherwise simple shirt. It is a great fabric btw.

ja katya said...

I like the ties! I've sew this top for my mom:))

PS. I don't know if you are interested in but there is an petition to sign. We [as a net users] demand more sewing patterns for men in Burda Style Magazine. The petition is here https://www.change.org/petitions/we-want-more-sewing-patterns-for-men-in-burda
:)

Angela said...

Cute top... very flattering on you! Yay for using up scraps!

velosewer said...

Very stylish and flattering.

Jean said...

Great outfit! Those annoying fabric scraps -- good to see that you transformed one of them into a great-looking top. Thanks for the hints about sizing for this pattern -- I was thinking about making this one.

theperfectnose said...

You are one of the few women who can rock an animal print and still look totally elegant/formal/work-safe (and combinations of the above). Bonus points for using leftover fabric and making the chic look even more effortless with that skirt. Mmm denim skirt-I needs me another one o'dem!

Gail said...

You never put a foot wrong. Lovely top.

Myra said...

This is a great top, your version with the ties is what made this top great! And you lovely fabric selection!

Emily said...

Lovely top and using up the last few slivers of a great fabric - all perfect. Thanks for the note about cutting this on the straight grain too for a knit ....

Linda said...

I love the top, looks great with skirt! I like the addition of the ties.

toy said...

Looks like a great pattern to hold on too. Luv the print and the outfit.

Cennetta said...

Don't you just love those easy projects? You look great.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

What a great use of a remnant! Pretty new top!

Merche Martinez said...

I like everything in this top. The fabric you used the cowl and the tie. It is just perfect! You are always so stylish!