Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Just What I Need- A New Project

Have you seen the new (January) issue of Burda Style? It's amazing! I couldn't help myself- I had to make a muslin of this little retro styled flutter sleeve top:
Here's the line drawing so you can see how lovely it is:
For my muslin I cut a 44 through the bodice and a 46 through the peplum. It was way too big, which is odd, since that is my "regular" Burda size. I think this top might run a little bit on the large side. Definitely make a muslin if you are thinking about making this.
This is a 2.5 dot pattern, but beware, it is fussy to make (and I only did a quick and dirty muslin.) You have:
a. The gathered dart thingies on the front of the bodice
b. The inset square sleeves (front and back)
c The gathered bodice sewn to a tiny and seriously curved yoke edge
Now on it's own, none of these things are all that hard, but all of them on one garment are pushing it!
Also, take a good look at the center front in relation to the front edge. They are a full inch apart, which means that you'll end up with two inches of overlap in the front when you finish the edges and match up the CFs. That seems like a lot, especially if you use the buttons and loops as instructed.

I have a new (smaller) pattern all traced and ready to go, and I am going to go for a wearable version using the fabric in the photo above. Wish me luck.
Anybody else making this top?


Karin said...

This is a great issue of Burda, I agree. I don't know if I'll make the top, for all the reasons you mentioned- it looks like a lot of work! But it also looks incredibly feminine and elegant.

I am keen to see your top, and even your muslin. Good luck with it!

Lisa said...

Hi Shannon thanks for the comment on my blog. I will be really disappointed if it runs big !! I usually make a 36 in Burda then grade up at the waist and hip . I am hoping it will doable for me beacause I love the style. I wish Burda would just do everything in the full range of styles.

Mommyof2girlz said...

Happy New Year! That top is too adorable and I can not wait to see it!

Rose said...

There are so many great patterns in the latest issue of Burda Style. The blouse that you are making is one of my favorites. Happy New Year!

Inkstain said...

I hope to make this blouse, too, and I had already noticed that the bodice is gapping open in almost all the variations they photographed. I think I'll use straightforward button and buttonhole closures, bringing the buttons up higher to the point of the neckline.
It's a very romantic blouse with a nice grace to it, and yet they used relatively stiff fabrics, cottons and batistes, which also worked against the style, I think.