February 28, 2018

#2018 MAKE NINE (Pattern 1)...

...you haven't seen many Burda patterns around here.  I really like their designs, but have probably only made 2 or 3 of them.  Why?, I just can't get used to their instructions or having to search in several places for vital information - it's just not my cup of tea.  I guess I'm just Big 4 (or is it now 5) spoiled.  However, all of a sudden ruffles and flounces are really trending WITH ME.  I spotted two such patterns in their catalog, so I've added them to my new #2018MakeNine list.



Not being a real Burda user, I felt comfortable making a muslin first.  I choose this yukky fabric that made into my cart before you know who closed.  The color is very pretty, but the quality of the fabric - not so much.



I do like the top, and plan on making another in  better quality fabric soon with a few changes: 
  • Reducing the size more in the neck, shoulder and bust area even more
  • Using an alternative method of finishing the neckline.  The pattern uses a self binding that wants to flip out even after being top-stitched down.  I think I can finish the neckline by eliminating the self binding altogether by simply serging first and turning down twice before top-stitching.
  • The flounce is left unfinished which I know is best, but will take getting use to for me. 
  • Now let me get real adventurous (with my pattern designing self) and say that I think the top would benefit from having a center back seam that curves in at the waistline for a better fit.
For me, using any new to me pattern (Burda or otherwise) is a learning experience.  Even though I now consider myself a seasoned sewer, each new to me pattern presents challenges and new opportunities to use and evaluate new techniques.

So one down - and eight more patterns to go...

 

16 comments:

  1. Sew nice! Can't wait to see the rest of your Make Nine.

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  2. I’m with you when it comes to Burda patterns. I buy them because I love their designs, but once I get them home I have a hard time forcing myself to make them. Your shirt looks great!

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  3. Very pretty. I love the color.

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  4. That's going to be a lovely top once you've nailed the fit for yourself. I made a similar top with a flounce around and I finished it with the seam between the collar and body...put right side of flounce neck edge to wrong side of body neckline stitch, then serge, flip over to front and understitch the seam towards body as if it's a facing.... :)

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    1. Diane that is exactly how I will construct the top next time - wonderful advice!

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  5. I was just thinking of a top with a flounce! Great minds think alike! I look forward to seeing your next version.

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    1. Thanks, great minds do think alike! I hope to make this top again soon.

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  6. It looks great! And I AGREE with you about the instructions to the individual Burda patterns. I am not a fan, and must be Big 4 spoiled too!

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  7. If you want/don't mind the topstitching, I would try sewing the ruffle wrong side to wrong side and flip it out, press and top stitch. The success will depend on your knit though.

    Otherwise, I have done what Diane suggested.

    I really like this pattern and may have to grab it up!

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    1. Thank you, that is exactly what I will do with the next one!

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  8. Faye, thanks for the review on this top. I purchased it after seeing your pretty top. I'm definitely going to try it soon. I thought the neck was too wide and thought I would have to do a FBA.

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    1. You are more than welcome Cennetta. I know your top will come out absolutely beautiful!!!

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