This is what it looked like in the magazine. Graceful, with elegant draping and form fitting at the waist and hips:
I'd love to see the back because I suspect there are some serious pins and clips back there.
Because there is no way this top is going to fit like it does in the photo with a line drawing like this:
I knew that going in, and yet I chose to go ahead and try this pattern. And I was right. It did not fit like the photo.
This is, however, a very cool, interesting pattern to sew. It only has two pattern pieces to trace- the back pieces which are joined with a center back seam and then folded to the front to form the dolman sleeves, and the front which is basically a square. The bottom band is just a rectangle that you cut to the dimensions given in the magazine. All the seams are straight, so it is simple, fast, and easy to sew.
I used a jacquard fabric just like the magazine. I bought this silvery floral print a few years ago at Hancock's. I figured it was time to use it.
The problem with this pattern is that there is no waist shaping at all. So the figure skimming look in the model photo is a complete illusion. Unless you want to walk around with clothes pins clipped to your back! I sort of solved the problem by adding elastic to the waist. Now the top snugs up to my waist more like the photo... but not quite.
Another problem with this pattern is that it runs huge. I cut a 42 front and back and used the 44 measurements for the bottom band (plus 1 extra inch to make sure I had enough ease to wear this over jeans.) It swallows me. There is just way more fabric than there appears to be in the model photo. I also have a bit less drape in front because I sewed up my shoulder seams an extra inch on each side to cover my bra straps.
And even though I used the same type of fabric that the pattern called for, I think this fabric has a little bit too much body for this design. The pictures make it look even worse. It was very windy out and the breeze just picked up this fabric and inflated it like a balloon. That combined with the shiny finish just looks awful.
I really think this pattern is screaming to be made up in a knit... with either a shaped band or at least a band cut with negative ease so that it fits the hips and waist better. A knit would also flow better and give it more of that "waterfall" look.
I'm going to have to call this my first wadder for 2014 (might as well get it out of the way early, right?) I just can't see myself wearing this. I enjoyed the process of putting it together, but the finished product just isn't flattering. Maybe someone else can take my experience and use it to make this top successfully.
There's more to come. I have another top to share that was completed during the holidays, and I successfully muslined a dress from a back issue of Burda which you will see soon. I'd also like to make a successful project from the January 2014 issue, so stay tuned for that.