I’ve been wanting to add another long sleeved jersey top to my wardrobe, but I didn’t want just a basic top with a simple design so enter BurdaStyle 113 from November 2018 collection. It has some nice detailing in the diagonal body seam and side gathers and suits light to mid-weight jersey fabrics.
A quick word about my fabric choice first. It’s an olive lightweight viscose jersey that I bought a few months ago from Clothspot and it has a lovely soft handle and drape. Olive is a colour that I love to mix with cream, coral, mint and red in the Spring and Summer…I bet it would also go great under my blush trench coat too. Kind of a versatile neutral with a twist.
The design of this top really appealed to me because that diagonal seam line really lends itself to further modification. Imagine piping or pleating or eyelets along the seam. Or imagine the upper section in a sheer stretch lace or stretch pleather or colour blocked in a different colour….and so on and so on…. 🙂 Lots of scope for getting creative which is what floats my boat.
The pattern itself is quite straightforward to sew up and the first stage is to sew the diagonal seam on the front so I got to work making the ruffle to insert into it.
I cut a length of fabric about 1 ⅕ times the length of the seam and about 4cm deep plus seam allowance. To finish the edge of the ruffle I did a rolled hem on my overlocker (for tips on sewing roll hems see my flounce top post here) and as I did the roll hemming I tapered up to no depth at all at the one end to add a touch of asymmetry to it. Next, I gathered along the top edge and then inserted the ruffle between the upper and lower bodice.
The rest of the top went together easily and I only strayed from the instructions a couple of times. The first thing was that I hemmed the sleeves with the ruffles before I stitched the underarm seams because I didn’t want to faff with a narrow opening… After I had attached the ruffles I pressed the seams upwards and did a row of topstitching to hold them in place.
And the second time I strayed from the instructions was for the neck edge which I added a binding to instead of just turning the seam allowance under and topstitching it. I think adding a neck binding adds a bit more substance and oomph IMHO.
And there you have it…a long sleeved jersey top with a bit of extra pizazz. This was quite a fuss-free project that was easy to do, but unfortunately, when I was making it, I didn’t feel as enthusiastic as I could have been (you may have read about it in on of my posts on IG). The thing is that for a few days and while I was sewing I was experiencing a decidedly low mood and yet I carried on regardless with my top. I probably should have stopped, rested and gone back to it at a later date but I didn’t and the whole time I was thinking how I didn’t like the colour, the shape, the design…etc, etc. However, I did plough on through and as soon as I sewed the last few stitches I tried on the top, looked in the mirror and suddenly thought “ooh, I like it!” Thank goodness I didn’t end up chucking the project as a lost cause. It just goes to show that when we aren’t feeling 100% it’s not the best time for making judgments. Wait for the mood clouds to lift and look again with fresh eyes. Have you experienced something similar? I bet I’m not alone in feeling this way… let me know in comments.
And with that, I’ll love you and leave you. Thanks for reading and see you soon.
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