Pattern Review: Burda 2-2011-102B

B 2-2011-102B front

Pattern Description:  Top # 102B from Burda’s February 2011 Mamma Mia! collection in sizes 36 -44

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Yes – 100%.

Were the instructions easy to follow?  I had no difficulty following the directions of this pattern, however, I can see where people who are just starting out on their sewing journey could be VERY confused with the directions for the construction of the bodice.  The bodice is self-lined, and there is no CB seam, so my usual trick for lining a sleeveless bodice was out of the question.  So I thought I’d give Burda’s instructions a try.  I must say I really liked their technique.  Here’s a summary:

  1. Pin lining pieces to respective upper front and back pieces.
  2. Stitch neck and armhole edges, beginning and ending 2 cm (3/4 inch) below shoulder seam line.
  3. Trim seam allowances, clipping curves.
  4. Turn FRONT right side out.
  5. Push front shoulder edges up through bottom of back to open shoulder seams of back.  Right fabric sides of front and back should meet at shoulder seams.
  6. Stitch shoulder seams of front and back pieces, and the shoulder seams of the lining.
  7. Pull front further up through the shoulder seams, press shoulder seams open.
  8. Matching lining and outer fabrics up, stitch remaining armhole and neckline seams.
  9. Pull front down out of back shoulder edges and the lining will turn itself to the inside.
  10. Press neck edge.

I’m sorry I didn’t photograph this as I went along.  If I make this top up again I’ll document it in photos so you can see the process.  It worked surprisingly well, and is a little trick I’ll file for future reference.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I really liked the neckline and the the cap sleeves on this pattern.

Fabric Used:  Rayon-lycra knit from Chico’s, purchased from EmmaOneSock

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I did do an FBA for this pattern, as I wanted the bodice to sit properly under the bust line.  Nothing irritates me more than an empire waist riding high.  I measured and cut the size Burda recommended.  BIG MISTAKE.  I should have B 2-2011-102B backcut a size smaller with the knit.  I’m starting to figure out Burda’s sizing, slowly but surely. This top ran big – I took in a total of 4 inches at the sides to get this to fit, and it still fits very loosely through the bust.  You can see from the back photo, too, that I should have done a short-waist adjustment through the upper part of the bodice.  The fabric gathers just above my waist, and it gapes at the back neckline when I throw my shoulders back and stand up straight.  It fits fine if I slouch, though!  Nyah-Nyah

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  I would definitely sew this again.   The style is a keeper.  I’m considering this version a “wearable muslin”, since I’ll need to tweak it next time to get it perfect.

Conclusion: A cute little top that’s going to get a lot of wear!  As a style note, I think, because it’s so short – the hemline sits about 2 inches below my natural waist – it would look best with a pencil skirt.

MMJ 14


7 thoughts on “Pattern Review: Burda 2-2011-102B

  1. Nicely done. The top looks good and is a nice compliment to the skirt you are wearing. I think burda patterns run a little larger than the big 4.

  2. I Love this top on you. It is on my to sew list. I was a little surprised about using jersey for this style top but I do love it on you. I will move this top higher up on my to sew list now that I have seen your. Thanks for the review.

  3. Thanks so much for reviewing this top (which looks lovely on you, by the way!). I’ve been looking at it for a few months now.

    I’m glad it’s not just me having sizing issues with Burda patterns for knits. I was starting to think I was going insane – I need to cut up to three sizes smaller on their knit patterns!! Which of course makes the FBA that much more extreme…

  4. It is a cute top and the colors in the fabric compliment your hair and skin coloring. I agree with you on the Burda lining technique. It works great, but is a bit difficult to figure out from text description alone. Hmm, I need to check out the material requirements of this pattern for my size. I have some small remnants I want to make into tops and this pattern may suit.


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