Saturday, February 23, 2013

Eileen's Pattern Review: 
Burda 04/2012/139A (Plus Sizes) or Burda 01/2013/123A (Regular Sizes)

Description: MISSES' TOP:  Very loose-fitting top with a cowl neckline. 

Pattern Sizing: I found this pattern in two Burda Style magazines in two size combinations: Burda 04/2012/139A (Plus Sizes) or Burda 01/2013/123A (Regular Sizes).  I made the Plus Size 46 and had to adjust the back neckline.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.  In Burda magazines you get to see line drawings and beautifully styled garments.   

Were the instructions easy to follow? This is a one dot pattern which in Burda terms is “quick and easy, great for beginners.” The instructions were easy to follow and clear.  The instruction to iron stay tape to the shoulder seam edges, back neck edge and armhole edges are most important.  However, the Vilene Stay Tape they recommend is not sold in the United States so I substituted Knit Stay Tape sold by Emma Seabrooke.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the drape of cowl neckline and I was looking for a jumpstart to my sewing mojo for spring.  I wanted a quick, cute top to wear on the weekends with pants or a maxi skirt. 

Fabric Used: Bronze Tie Dye knit from Sew Much Fabric.  This project can be made in a day (from tracing the pattern to finishing the top).  I had this cut out for several months and in cleaning my sewing room I found the pieces and put it together in two hours. 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I have small shoulders and I found the neckline very wide.  To take in the width I made a box pleat at the center back.  There is a small piece of fabric for the facing strip for the back neck edge (1 5/8 by 10 inches) that I overlooked when cutting out the other pieces (a front and back) and I threw the scraps away.  I solved the back facing problem by using a piece of white interlock knit.  (See the beauty of having a fabric collection.)  The seams were surged together to finish the seams which was not in the instructions.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I highly recommend this pattern if you would like a quick and stylish cowl neck knit top.  You can easily lengthen this pattern and make a dress or tunic to wear with leggings or tights and boots.   

Eileen, I love your weekend glam outfit!  Thanks for the pattern review!

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