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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

BurdaStyle 05/2017 - 110 Top

Burda frequently come out with slightly odd patterns that I am a bit unsure about, but when they are quick and easy, curiosity can get the better of me!  So I decided to try this simple tank top with ties from the May issue.

One of the versions in the magazine (110A) is shown in a poplin with the bands tied very loosely and it looks pretty awful to be honest.  However the other view - shown below, looked better and it helped me decide to try this in something quite lightweight and drapy.  I chose this very intensely coloured stretch silk that I bought in China a while back.  My weakness when fabric shopping is definitely buying striking prints with no thought whatsoever on how to use them.






Unsurprisingly it is very fast and easy to make especially since I left off the back neck opening because I could easily get the top on without it.  I sewed the tie bands slightly wrong so my topstitching is visible as I did it after I had folded the bands towards the centre again, but it doesn't really matter.




I like the top more than I thought I would, the tie bands and the back section seams give it a nice shape, like a cheater peplum top.  I think the fabric choice is important to make this work because the fabric just falls into folds over the bust.  I don't know if I will make it again, but if I do I'd consider lowering the tie bands a bit.  It's probably a good (and very obvious) idea to pin them and try the top on first.

I had some cotton twill in my stash that matched so I also made a skirt, this is 02/2014 - 109/110 which I was pleased to discover I had already traced ages ago, although I don't recall ever making it before.   It's a basic, classic pattern.


As usual I used Sandra Betzina's method for the fly front.  Somehow I managed to sew and serge the centre backs together the wrong way round and in fixing that I had to borrow some seam allowance from the side seams so it is a bit on the snug side.  However even though this fabric has no stretch it does soften and after half a days wearing is OK, but I am annoyed at my stupid mistake!  Hmm it also looks like my fly is the opposite way to the pattern drawing....oh well.










I also tried it on with pants, these are Burda 03/2012 - 126 that I made back in 2014 apparently.  I should make these again so that you can actually see the interesting seaming on them, but I really like the fit on these and they are more lightweight than my regular jeans so work for summer.



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21 comments:

Mariela Alethia said...

Beautiful top!.

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

Gorgeous fabric, gorgeous top and awesome outfit!

LindaC said...

The fabric for your top is absolutely stunning. The whole outfit turned out so well. Very nice.

Dalwi Szyje said...

Beautiful look.

Beth (SunnyGal Studio) said...

I have been tempted by that exact top pattern so I'm really glad to see it sewn up. It is really pretty and that fabric is gorgeous. Also I can agree with your statement that you buy print fabrics with no idea what you will do with them. Me too!

Doctor T Designs said...

Love these! The top especially is something special. Great use of the fabric, and good job overlooking Burda's weird styling choices!

KS_Sews said...

Super cute! I loved the line drawing on this and wonder why Burda used such a stiff fabric. I was thinking of using a ponte...may try a woven with some drape instead.

Beautiful fabric!!

Karey said...

The top looks really good in your softly draping fabric. I think I am too short waisted to have all that tie below my bust, but your version has given me ideas to gather the fabric some other way that is less obtrusive.
I like the Denim Mini Skirt 02/2014 #108 version of this skirt [http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/pencil-skirt-with-zip-fly-022014] but without all the frayed strips, and in your length.

Marjorie said...

Your fabric choice for this top and skirt is stunning. Gorgeous outfit.

Jos van Kloska! Creatief said...

Gorgeous combinations!

Debbie Wilkes said...

I had seen that top in the magazine and liked the line drawing but was put off by the stiff fabric they had used. Your version is so much better made with a draping fabric. Beautiful colour and print as well. You've inspired me to want to make it now!

Catherine Daze said...

Lovely! Looks good with both the skirt and the trousers. I bet it would go with a lot of other colours too; red and cream spring to mind.

La Karibane said...

Thanks for answering a question I had about this top. I like it better in a drapier fabric than featured in the magazine. Also, thanks for reminding me of the existence of the skirt. I also wanted a dressier denim skirt for work.

Basically, I will be copying your entire outfit, LOL!

overflowingstash said...

Gorgeous top! 😍😍😍

Karen said...

Great top and fabric. I might make it into a dress seeing it on you. Could I ask another question? I live in the Philippines And have a 12 hour lay over in HK on my way to Europe. I am looking for silk to use in a little French jacket as lining something which is impossible to find in Manila. Would you have Any recommendations of somewhere I can get to easily from the airport?

Vicki said...

Love the outfit. Great colours.

Gail said...

So pretty. Summer business wear is hard and this does the job perfectly.

couture a la mode said...

Beautiful outfit! I think I'll try the top. Thank you so much for sharing! All the best, Sharon

patternscissorscloth.com said...

This is such a beautiful top! I absolutely love that gorgeous fabric, and probably would have snapped it up without a thought of what I'd make in it too!

Amanda S. said...

This is gorgeous on you! The simplicity of the pattern gives the fabric the full spotlight.

Sharon said...

For an unassuming pattern you have created a stunning top and looks like it will be a very versatile piece in your wardrobe with the addition the blue skirt and don't worry I always have my zips on the wrong side.