It’s time to show you my October Burdastyle team make and for this month I chose the short-sleeved raglan top from Feb 2016…but with a twist…more on that later.
For my top, I chose a couple of fabrics from my stash. The main fabric was leftover from a sweater dress that I made a couple of years ago and the accent cream shade is a cotton and lycra mix rib that I got from Ditto Fabrics last year. The rest of the cream fabric is earmarked for a basic slim fit top (I made sure I could afford to use a bit of it up for this top without compromising amounts).
I’ll admit straight off that I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m not overly thrilled with how the two fabrics in my top look together. In hindsight, I think that the cream rib makes the jacquard knit look a bit sludgy and I think I’ve gone off the jacquard knit…I’m kind of wondering how often I’ll be reaching for my top. Having said all of this though, I love the actual pattern that I chose to sew up. The shape is nice and the design lines are brilliant for getting a superb fit over my bust and shoulders…something that I’m very fussy about.
Anyway, I think we should talk a bit more about the details of my top. So to start off, I cut my usual Burda size 38 and only needed to make a minor adjustment of decreasing a bit of front armhole depth. A quick preliminary read-through of the instructions and it looked like a nice straightforward make…I was right 🙂 …and I quickly got on with sewing.
First off, to highlight those lovely angled panels down the front and back I decided to cut them on the cross-grain so that the chevron design ran horizontally. Then to accentuate the seams and to give an extra definition, I used some cream rib to make piping which I inserted between the centre and side panels.
Once the side panels had been attached with all the piping, the rest of the top was a breeze to sew together. Side seams were next followed by both sleeve seams and then the armholes.
Up next was the collar which was first stitched to the neck edge with right sides together and then it was folded in half to the inside. On the inside, the other edge of the collar (which had been overlocked) was basted flat along the seam line and then on the outside of the top, I stitched in the ditch all around the collar seam.
Finally, after hemming the body and sleeves I came to the “twist” part that I mentioned at the top of this post. And that “twist” is removable undersleeves. They are really quick to make and can be a fun addition to make a short-sleeved top wearable in cooler weather. I know it would be easy enough to just wear a long-sleeved tee underneath, but if an extra layer isn’t wanted on your body it makes for a quick and easy solution to warmer arms.
So, as you can imagine the undersleeves are easy to put together. I just measured from my armpit to my wrist and using a pattern from a long-sleeved tee I cut out the lower section of the sleeve. It’s important to get a snug fit for a sleek look that stays put and for added security, I sewed on snaps that attach the top of the underarm seam of the detachable sleeve to the armhole of the top on the inside. Et viola..two looks in one!
Even if I’m not in love with the fabric I chose for my top (I guess these things happen eh?), I really like the pattern that I chose and how nicely it fits too. I would love to make another version for next Spring in some fresh colour blocked colours. One to add to my list I think.
In closing, I want to share with you that I had the fab opportunity to step into Meg’s shoes for October’s Mash-Up posts and to write for the BurdaStyle blog…woohoo!. I chose the waterfall drape top which I made up in a lovely bright red fabric.
Thanks for reading! Catch you soon…
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