So the main features of this style (and I love them all) are a slightly fitted body, shorter length, boat neck and a yoke with grown on oversized sleeves that finish at a breezy 3/4 length. There are 4 pattern pieces and it’s a really easy project to sew. I made my top in an afternoon using a combination of my overlocker and sewing machine with walking foot, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Oh, and by the way, this style also has a longer length option to make it into an above-knee dress. I’m very tempted to try that out for myself.
Let’s talk a bit about my fabric. I’ve used a cotton and lycra stretch blend, fine rib knit. It’s a gorgeous Geranium red and I bought it about 18 months ago from Ditto Fabrics (so obviously out of stock now, but their website is well worth a look). To be honest, you could use various weights and textures of fabric for this style of top, it just depends on how much structure or drape you want from your finished garment. I would say my rib is a medium weight, but on the Burda website, the dress version is made from lighter weight fabric.
As I said this top was a fairly quick make, but as per usual I did a couple of mods….I went for the style option of shoulder buttons, though I took this idea one step further and added an extra strip of fabric to give the illusion of a tab. It was really easy to do. I just used a small piece of fabric with two edges folded under and the other two enclosed in the shoulder seam and neck edging.
Talking of the neckline…I decided to add some binding on mine instead of just folding the fabric under and stitching along. I stitched the back and front bindings on separately and then stitched the shoulder seams afterwards. Doing this gave me nice neat corners at the shoulder. See here:
A final little mod was to use a contrasting thread colour for extra topstitching along the yoke seam as well as hems, button tabs and sleeves. I think my top has a vaguely nautical look which I rather like!
I’ve styled my top here with my denim Burda culottes, first seen here, but I’ll also wear it with white jeans, blue jeans, shorts…and so on. I think it’s pretty versatile and it’s really comfortable, in fact, I can highly recommend this top!
Well, this pattern was actually my last make as one of the BurdaStyle influencer team. I really can’t believe a whole year has passed since I started! A brand new team of fabulous sewers will be taking over from June so be sure to show them all some love, won’t you?
In the meantime, as well as other brands I’ll still be making up BurdaStyle patterns so don’t be a stranger here. Oh, and watch out for a round-up of my year of monthly Burda makes and my thoughts on them all in an upcoming post. Till then, see you soon!
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