Sunday, March 18, 2018

Burda 7/2017 #115: The Start of Stripe-mania


 So, I love the way this turned out!

I wanted to sew this top last year as my July Burda Challenge project. I have thought about it on and off and have gone back and forth on what fabric to use. And then Emily Hallman posted an in-progress jacket on Instagram with a wide stripe and I loved it!

And then about 10 days later there was a sale at FM and they had this Michael Miller cotton shirting with a 2" even stripe. WIN! 

I knew I wanted to do the front and back with chevron/bias cut stripes and it only made sense to do the lower front and back with horizontal. Only the sleeves are cut on grain! :) And then I purposely cut the sleeve bands with the hint of black but I should have put that on the folded edge. No matter - it works!


Burda's drafting is so consistent and for the most part, what you see is what you get. I'm pretty sure I've mentioned that before. So oversized/boxy top made me wonder how my normal size would fit. Often, when something fits very loosely I sew a straight size 40. I had time to kill and wanted to get this right and I GASP! sewed a muslin. 

I really liked the fit and decided I wanted to add a CB seam and close up those side splits. 


I love this side view!

The pattern calls for the sides to be completely open and then hand-stitch the first 3/8" and well...you can see I didn't do that! :) 

I also shaped it through the waist a little. I sewed the sleeves in flat and sewed the side seam tapering in an additional 3/8" at the waist (so taking it 1.5" total). I also did a 1/2" pivot and slide bust adjustment. I didn't want to add any darts or gathers or pleats or anything to disrupt the front lines.

I had 1" petersham in white and 2" in black and the pattern calls for 1.5". Of course!! I went with the 2". If you look closely, you'll see that the front chevrons look off just a slight amount. This is due to the extra 1/2" being covered on the right side. 

Who cares? Not I!


Also, don't look too closely at my sew-in snaps. My hand has regressed and feels as badly as it did like 2 months after the incident. I'm going to the orthopedic surgeon again after the Sew Camp.


The fabric is a tad bit stiff for the style but I don't care. I wanted those wide stripes and I will live with it.

 It has a slight (non-obnoxious) hi-low hem happening and I really like it.
 It's a bold, statement top but I'm into those for casual / weekend wear. I tried this on with everything in my closet I thought might work! LOL! And can't wait to pull the spring/summer clothes out.

I was really surprised that I also liked it with a wider leg pant. I meant to get photos of that outfit -- next time.

Until Later!!




22 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear about your hand; very frustrating. I pray that it gets better soon.

    I'm in love with this top!! You did such an amazing job. If you hadn't mentioned the chevrons being off I would've never noticed. It looks so beautiful with those jeans and suits you perfectly.

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    1. Thank you so much!!

      So, I read someone on another site say that "no one over 23 should wear jeans with rips." 23!! LOL!!!!!!!! Crazy people.

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  2. Your interpretation of this top is much better than the Burda version, which I had not given a second look till I saw yours. I think the shevron gives it a nice illusion of waist shaping.

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    1. Thanks!! I am so glad I wasn't deterred by their pics. Burda is so weird sometimes with fabric choices and photography!

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  3. What a fun top! It looks adorable on you! I didn't even notice the chevron being slightly off up close because from a distance, the eye completes the match.

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    1. Thank you! And YES! I realized it and shrugged. It's fiiiine :)

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  4. This is so cute! Nice work on the stripes! I'm sorry to hear about your hand- I hope that the doctors can figure it out and fix it for you.

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    1. Thanks so much. Gosh, I'm so over it. Will insist on some imaging this time around though.

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  5. You look great in your new top! Love it!!

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  6. looks so crisp and ready for spring. There's something about navy blue and white that says that to me. Very cute.

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  7. Ok, I love everything about your top!!! It looks so GOOD! The wide stripes are perfect, and I think you pull the look off well.

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  8. I love the bold look of this top! Especially the front view where you can see all of the different directions at once

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  9. Simply fabulous! Bold, but not crazy. It looks so good on you!

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  10. This is a great look for you - you can wear the high contrast colours and dramatic styles. Love your stripe play. On the downside, sorry to hear about your hand. So frustrating.

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  11. Love the drama of this, I had to go and look up the pattern because I didn't remember it at all and now I can see that it is a really versatile pattern that can look completely different in different fabrics. Great job!

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  12. Wow! I agree, it is very dramatic and unique! It almost looks like a jacket from behind! Beautiful work!

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