Two posts in a week? Can you tell I'm a bit behind in blogging my finished objects? This is from the November 2012 Burda magazine and the first time I've ever made a Burda pattern. Normally I just get the magazines out of the library, plan many outfits, return them late and rack up big fines but NOT THIS TIME MORELAND. I traced that sucker, cut it out and sewed it up at social sewing. It helped that it was a simple pattern and a knit so didn't have major fitting issues. The instructions were very brief and I did have to ask the social sewing ladies for help but fortunately they were able to demystify them for me.
In the magazine the top is made up in a knit and a woven so I sized down from my measurements (I cut the 36 instead of the 38) and the fit is fine, even perhaps on the big side. I moved the bust darts down about 1cm and left off the bottom band. You might also notice that my back neckline doesn't have a V-shape. This was absolutely not intentional. I just followed the wrong line when tracing the pattern (there is also dress pattern with a zip closure). It's OK, but a bit lumpy at the CB seam so I do make this again, I'll do the neckline as intended - like this one. The whole point of this top is the interesting darts which you can't see at all these pictures!! Take my word for it that they are there, and add some nice shaping.
The fabric is a synthetic knit with a raised texture - a bit like flocked wallpaper- from darn cheap fabrics, bought with the intention of making a midi skirt. It seems that I am not very good with sticking to my sewing plans! I'm not normally a wearer of white but my colour consultant told me this shade was OK so I'm running with it. The knit was firm enough to make the collar stand up in a pleasing way but because it's bit see-through so I have to wear something underneath. I've got a white tee on in these pics: not a particularly good choice because it makes it look like there are creases in the arms, which there aren't.
It's got a bit of a 60's/coco/Bjork vibe to it don't you think? Good with jeans, capris (not that I own any) or even shorts?
Pattern: Burda traced from the library = free
Fabric: 1m knit from darn cheap = $9?