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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Burda Challenge 5/2017 #110


Pattern Description:
Fitted sleeveless top with tie front

Pattern Sizing:
36-44. I sewed a 40/42 combo, typical for me with Burda.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes! Well save for the fact that they used poplin for some reason. Please use a lightweight cotton or something stable but that has drape (e.g. I think charmeuse would be gorgeous)

Were the instructions easy to follow?
They were! Hoorah! :) Hard to go wrong with 3 pattern pieces and what is technically a  very simple silhouette.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved the tech drawing when this came out but hated the photo. Thought maybe I'd make it in ponte. And then tons of versions popped up on the Russian site and they started showing up on PR too and then I had to have it.

No dislikes.

Fabric Used:
Cotton voile from Fabric Mart (2.5 year old stash!)

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Used a 40 neck/shoulder/armhole and 42 for the rest.
Made self-bias tape instead of the Burda facings.
5/8" swayback adjustment.


I could add a little more room through the back. I don't think I have additional swayback issues, just maybe a little too snug up top and it's hanging up.


bias tape, narrow hem, serged seams 
(I added 3/8" seam allowance instead of 5/8" when tracing)


I lowered the ties 1" and topstitched them down.



I made a fabric loop for the back closure. Several reviews mentioned not needing the back slit. Well, maybe. I have a big head. Huge. There is no way my head is going in this thing without the slit.



Oh next time I'd narrow the shoulder just a tiny bit. Someone lowered the neckline an inch and I love the result. I may try that too!

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will definitely sew it again. It is super cute and in cotton, it's very comfortable. It also makes for a pretty sweet swing-top without the ties.

My hand is still a bit swollen, sore and bruised. It's been a week. My body needs to understand I cannot handle being 'down'. Hopefully I'll be 100% soon.

32 comments:

  1. So pretty! You did a terrific job

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  2. I love it, especially the front tie. Fabric used is a good fit for summer but with sleeves and a heavier fabric, this could work for fall/winter too.

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    1. Thank you! I could totally see it in heavier fabric for fall. I have so many jackets and cardigans that I wear sleeveless tops well into the fall season!

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  3. Lovely! I went with the petite blouse with flounces from this issue, but this one was a close runner up. I didn't even hate it in their fabric, but it looks much better with a little drape!

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    1. Thanks! That one was my close second! I may still sew it. It is very pretty!

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  4. Is there a name for this top, or is there a link you can post. I have looked on Burda and I haven't found it.

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    1. Hi Susan,

      I can't edit posts from my phone to add a link...

      On the Burda site type 05/2017 into the search box. The thumbnails are small but just look for the pattern number - 110.

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    2. This little top is so cute. Love it in the cheerful sunny yellow.

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    3. Hi Susan, I think it's called the tie front top. I have it cut out and ready to go. But am now second guessing the facings. Lol.

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  5. This is so pretty and summery on you! Hope your hand is getting back to normal soon.

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    1. Thanks Vanessa! It is getting there!

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  6. great job and I bought this pattern a few weeks ago and now I have to make it asap. Love the color and love the polka dots.

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  7. I want this entire outfit! Warning: I may copy it, head to toe! I'm so late to the distressed jeans game.... You look great!

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    1. Thanks Margo! I love distressed jeans! I think save for giant holes, they are a fun casual wear piece.

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  8. This is so cute! Hope your hand is better soon.

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  9. This is lovely! I really like the fabric you used.

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  10. Gorgeous colour and amazing fit! Love this top on you :)

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  11. Nice fit and you pick a great fabric, love it.

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  12. I love the bright yellow color - so great for summer! This looks fantastic on you.

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  13. Love it, so bright and cheerful!

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  14. Love this so much!! You look fantastic in this color and style! Great fabric choice and agree the pattern needs a fabric with drape. This is on my short list of 'to-make' and will follow your idea of making bias tape instead of facings. Hope your hand is feeling better. :)

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    1. Thank you Lisa!! I hope you make it and love it!

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  15. The photo of this top (the lavender version) on the Burda page does it no favors...I wouldn't have thought to buy the pattern had I not seen it on you first! It's adorable and you wear it so well. Just downloaded the pattern and excited to add this cute top to my summer wardrobe.

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  16. This top is so cute! Love the front tie, and the yellow is a great color on you.

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