Let's clear something up, I am a big fan of Burda patterns. They are edgy, fun, creative and some regular bloggers I read have made some amazing garments! I have quite a few Burda Style magazines and hardly ever made anything...why? Not sure but I do think tracing off the pattern pieces has a lot to do with it. However, when I think about the cost, it is a little silly of me to have these sit around gathering dust so, when I saw the Burda challenge, I was on board! This is my first of the 12 I will make. I jumped on this bandwagon a little late, but I'll get there!
I immediately fell in love with the design of this tunic. The overall shape is great fun and I am a sucker for striped fabric.
This tunic is from the winter 2015 magazine. The collection is High Contrast and all are black and white. The top is called the optical illusion and is shirt 122-112014-US, just in case you are wondering!
I still really love the lines but I do believe my fabric, a striped ponte, is just too heavy to pull this off in a way that it floats on your body, just as it does on the model shown. This pattern is also one featured in the back of the magazine and there are detailed instructions. You HAVE to see the shape of the pattern pieces! They are crazy but necessary for the overall shape to work out. At first, I thought I really messed this top up with how mine turned out, especially the back. See the stripes? I just couldn't imagine how I cut so poorly and then I looked again at the shape and there is no way to get these stripes to run horizontally, but it's okay! They don't have to!
The description is pretty accurate: Asymmetrical gathers along the raglan sleeve and side seam give this top a unique and compelling edge, especially when sewn in a striped fabric. Wear it with any basic pant or legging for stylish flair. This isn't included in the directions, but the sleeves are four inches longer than your typical sleeve length to give them a little gathering look at the bottom.
Since there are step-by-step directions, they are very good and complete with visuals. The side seams are gathered and then elastic is sewn to the gathers to keep them nice and tidy. The neckband is an easy way to finish the whole thing off!
If I find the right fabric, I may try this again but I am a little turned off by it. I do hope I have better luck with my other 11 Burdas I am going to create this year!
Thanks for reading....any suggestions for this top?