I feel like a very bad blogger at the moment, the one thing I blog about seems to be the one thing I have done very little of lately…. What with celebrating and a seemingly crazy amount of birthday’s (who knew so many people were born in May?), oh and house hunting (!) I have had very little time to sew. Mix that with fabric that was sent to test me and it’s taken me till now to throw something together to show you.When I say ‘thrown together’, I literally mean it. This is not a top I’m particularly proud of, and I had such high hopes! Lets start at the beginning….
I assume most of you are familiar with burdastyle? Well it was only recently that I realised that the patterns on there came from the burdastyle magazine! Seeing as there were a few patterns I liked this month I thought I’d buy the magazine rather than each pattern individually, and see what I thought.
When it arrived I was very excited, and a little scared, by the massive pattern section in the middle of the magazine. For those that don’t know, these massive pieces of paper have all the pattern pieces from all the different patterns in the magazine, printed on top of each other. This makes for a chaotic, scary mess of different coloured lines. The idea is that you trace off the pieces you want.I’m sorry for these photos, they were taken on my phone which for some unknown reason has decided to take all photos with a blue hue ?!The instructions for all the patterns are in the middle too – Now I understand why they’re so brief!
I decided I wanted to try this top: I love a low back (I think backs are the sexiest part of a body) and I have quite a lot of jersey to use. Perfect! I also need more tops. Cue much swearing and cussing as I tried to trace the pattern pieces. ‘Oh s*** I just followed the wrong line’, ‘Wait, now it doesn’t match up – dammit, it moved’ and so on…. And then when I was done ‘B***** I forgot the grainlines!’
I got there in the end. But then came the next challenge: I only have stripped jersey to hand and had a lovely Breton top in mind. Thing is, the pattern piece for the gathered low back is curved… not useful for stripes. This means that the stripes would end up being vertical at the top of the top (does that make sense). I’m all for fun with stripes, but I’m not sure I like that idea. Luckily my fabric has a white band sans stripes at various points. I made sure the the curved bit of the top was on this white band, and matched up stripes from the waist down. I decided to continue the stripes on the front to maintain the Breton idea.
I actually quite like the effect in the end. The next challenge? This crazily silky and slippy jersey. I got this off ebay, and it is the softest, comfiest jersey I have ever touched. This makes it a wonderful top to wear, but also makes it a nightmare to sew! It slithered all over the place! I took my time though and got it under control. So far so good.
I then decided to add a band to the neck and back of the top. I have no idea if this is what the instructions called for as I’m beginning to take Burda instructions with a pinch of salt, if I can work it out on my own I leave them well alone! Doing it this way has turned the back into a low curve, and not a v-shape – but I think I prefer that. Unfortunately I wasn’t paying attention when I did this and sewed the band on as if it were bias binding. Due to the slippy fabric the end effect feels a little messy. I also managed to stretch the fabric of the top so it doesn’t sit quite right on the left hand side at the back, grrrrrrr.
The eagle eyed among you might also notice that I haven’t hemmed it? That’s because once I’d done the neckline I just wanted to be done! But you can see it so I’ll probably go back and do it.However, there are some things I am pleased with. Like my ability to match stripes! The front is actually two pieces sewn together and I’m quite proud of the fact the stripes match up perfectly. They also match as well as can be expected at the sides. Yes! In fact the only real issue with this top is the silly band I put on. I might need to chop it off and try again.So what do I think overall? I do like the basic shape of the top and might try it again with less slippy fabric, so it’s easier to get a handle on. It’s a little too low and wide at the back for me to wear without a top on underneath, but it could be great in the summer over a bikini in the evening? The sleeves are also a little too loose for my tastes so next time I might taper them some more. Not my finest hour but seeing as I have an obsession with stripes it probably will still be worn.
And what about Burda magazine? I love it! In fact, I’m considering ordering it monthly. All those free patterns just for the sake of a little tracing?? There’s still plenty I want to make from the May issue, although I think I’ll invest in some slightly better jersey!