Are you tired of this pattern yet?

I’m running out of casual me-mades for this MMM challenge.  So I sewed my most-sewn top – again – this morning so I’d have something me-made to wear with this favourite RTW skirt of mine.

Obligatory back view.  The fabric is a wonderful 14oz rayon-lycra jersey from EmmaOneSock (originally intended for Vogue 1259, then changed to the McCardell dress, that never happened due to a layout error) which has been languishing in my stash since last fall.  I tried to use the smaller bits of the fabric, and ended up with a CB seam (not in the original design).

I wonder how many more I’ll make before all’s said and done.  🙂

Burda 09/2011 #106: My favourite top

In honour of Me-Made-May’s weekly challenge, I whipped up this new top just this morning!  It’s green day today, and I wanted to have a green top.  I have lots of green in my closet, but didn’t want to wear any of it.  This fabric is a lovely lightweight jersey from EmmaOneSock that I bought last year, I think.  It’s got a wonderful swirly pattern in the entire range of green that exists, from dark forest to a very yellowy chartreuse.IMG_1450It’s so easy to whip up a new one that I find myself turning to it again and again.  Today I made up a new short-sleeved version, although I did not do the lined sleeve as per Burda’s instructions.  I simply cut the larger sleeve, gathered the top and ran a length of elastic through the sleeve hem.  I like it with sleeves!IMG_1452Here is another sleeveless version of it.  You’ve seen my original version here.  It’s another top in regular rotation these days.  The fabric below wasn’t the perfect choice for this pattern.  It’s a stretch woven polyester with metallic and was in the “roll ends” section of EmmaOneSock. It probably would have been better as a skirt – it’s got amazing recovery, but I really couldn’t see myself wearing a skirt out of a weird coloured fabric.  It reminded me of something vintage – it’s such an odd plasticky-peachy-silly-putty colour – but I’m not sure what in my memory jogged that connection.b ss2011 421 contrast bindingI used the reverse for the neck and armhole bindings, and no, I’m not grinning at someone just before I put them out of their earthly misery with my cast-iron skillet. This photo is actually from the Me-Made-May first Friday challenge “food”.  I’m wearing my Burda breezy skirt with the top.mmm5 cooking

I also made this top from silk jersey remnants, but because I was working with bits of fabric instead of complete yardage, the pattern didn’t work out so well.  I wore it twice, and this is the only evidence, as it left my house for the thrift shop.  Yes, it looked that bad!7170843688_9409a9cc6f_b

A tank top I just might keep

I have a love-hate relationship with tank tops.  I like the fact that they’re cool on a hot summer’s day, or great for layering under jackets, but generally speaking I just don’t like them very much.  As a trial (and to use up remnants I didn’t much care about), enter Burda Plus SS-2011-421.I just say I was pleasantly surprised by the time I tried this on.  I had enough remnants of dotty jersey from the Claire McCardell dress that I could get this top out of it.  And I’m liking it.  I may use this pattern as a TNT for jersey remnants of approximately one metre.  I was initially drawn to the pattern because it just looked so nice on the model, who wears is in about 5 different versions throughout the magazine spread.  I liked the gathered CF, and, quite frankly, thought I’d use this little project to see if such a design would look half decent.

The armholes and neckline are finished with a strip of self-fabric cut on the straight grain like most knit garments.  The edges are finished prior to sewing up the sides or CF seams.  It’s fast and it looks nice.  I don’t own a cover stitch machine, and probably never will, so I simply turned up the hem allowance and stitched two lines of very long stitches while stretching the bejeebers out of the fabric.  I used a straight stretch stitch – or triple stitch – for all the seams.  I’m really liking that stitch for knits.  It’s very secure, so I can safely trim the allowances down to as little as 3/16”,  and I don’t have to bother serging the seams if I don’t want to.

I still haven’t figured out Burda’s sizing for knits. I’ve made up a couple of garments from BurdaStyle, and they all seem to be drafted on the big side. If I cut the pattern according to my measurements and Burda’s recommendation, it invariably ends up huge. Not so this pattern. Odd, but welcome. I cut the smallest size without any seam allowances, and although it does work for me, I’d prefer a little more fabric in the width for the next garment. I wasn’t too sure about the depth of the neckline, so I adjusted it up about 2 inches. I think I’ll leave it as drafted for the next go ‘round. Ditto the armscyes – I re-drafted them a little on the high side. Comfortable, but a little high for my liking. This means, dear readers, that I can actually sew up this dear little top without any adjustments.

You could knock me over with the proverbial feather. It also makes me wonder, “Do all the Burda Plus patterns fit like this?” If they do, and I don’t have to make 30 different adjustments to each pattern, I’m in cut-and-sew-without-thinking-fitting heaven!