I found myself needing some new shapes and textures in my life. On a recent trip to Louisiana to visit DD1, we HAD to find a fabric store...that is a real, live fabric store, not a JoAnn's or Hancocks and we did! I found two patterns I really liked and so of course I purchased them!
Burda and I have struggled in our relationship. There have been a few Burda's that have been good for me but I'm not sure why I don't like the finished garments. It could be the style is for someone much younger and hipper than I am or it could be a lifestyle thing however, when I came across View B of Burda 6912 I thought it was a match. I love the simple lines and the cool looking shape and peplum.
So, back to my stash I went and found a floral print Swiss dotted Voile I purchased from Fabric Mart. It is a nice quality fabric with great texture, thanks to the dotted Swiss. I like the lightness of it and thought it would be a great candidate for this top.
The description is simply a semi-fitted blouse and dress. As you can see, it can be sleeveless or three-quarter sleeves or a dress. You need less than 2 yards of fabric for the top with sleeves.
All sizes are in one envelope. I made a size 14 or 40 and am happy with the fit.
Instructions are minimal but more than adequate for this easy pattern. There are adequate visuals as well. This top/dress would be great for beginners as there really isn't anything difficult nor is the fitting tricky. I made an FBA at the dart by expanding the pattern tissue and lowering the apex by about 1/2".
Sorry about the back wrinkles, I wore this to work today and should have taken it off and ironed it before taking photos, but it was a long day and well, I really don't like ironing all that much!
I still have some drag lines at the bust so if I do decide to make this again, I will need to adjust the bust again.
I'm not entirely sure about the proportions of this top. I feel like the peplum needs to be lengthened or higher up on my waist or something.
I really didn't feel like making eight button holes, so I used my Kam snap pliers and Got Lux snaps in spring green to create closures on the front. I like the green and it adds some color and makes the green in the fabric stand out a bit more. Besides, green is a favorite color of mine!
See how nice and neat the inside is finished? I simply serged the edges of the facing at the neck and front edges, turned, pressed, edge stitched to prevent the facings from flipping to the right side, turned, and topstitched with two evenly spaced rows the first being 1.5" from the edge and the second just slightly inside that or closer to the edge of the garment. I was a little concerned about show through to the right side of the fabric, but for some reason it works with this top--or am I delusional?
I am trying to decide if I like or will be willing to tackle more Burdas but first I need some honest opinions. What do I do about the proportions? Is this top okay and just something different than I am used to? Should the peplum be lengthened? Shortened? Help!
As always, thanks for reading!