Thursday, March 25, 2010

burda style 02/2010-122A

Item #2 for the Mini Wardrobe contest is done!  Sorry for the dark pics.  We had to take them in the AM before Mitch went to work.
After two muslins, I got the fit ironed out and the neckline is nice and flat.  I like the style of the top, but I'm not sure that I'm in love with it for the wardrobe contest.  I'm going to finish up my other pieces and see how I feel.  As you can see, Mitch talked me out of the boring solid lavender and into this stripe, which is how the top is styled in the burda mag.  You can see it here and here.  Since they made it in a stripe, burda included stripe matching markings on the pattern pieces.  Boy, were those awesome!!  You can see (I hope) in the above photo how well the stripes match across the side seams, despite the bodice being in two pieces and the back only one.  Pretty nice.
And the sleeves matched up beautifully as well.  You can barely see the seam!!  You can also see ow much I changed the neckline from the original.  I added 3 (!!) inches at CB and tapered around to 1/2 inch at CF.  Now it covers my bra straps!  I also added 2 inches to the length and did a 1 inch FBA.  After constructing this top twice, for the third I tossed burda's instructions entirely and did it my own way, which was much better IMO.

After wearing this top all day, I pretty much like it.  It's soft and comfy.  The only thing that bugged me about it was that it had a bit of a tendency to ride up over the girls, so I spent a lot of time tugging it down.  I'm wondering if maybe I needed just a tiny bit more length.  If I make this again, I think I'll add 1/2 inch or so to the length of the upper bodice.

17 comments:

  1. That shirt is so cute... nice stripe matching!

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  2. Very cute! Your hard work to make this pattern work has certainly paid off! And your EKG jeans - doubly so given they're non-stretch - excellent!

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  3. Nice matching! That is not always easy to accomplish. Sew on!

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  4. The strips match up beautifully. Great job.

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  5. I had to look closely to see the seam because you matched the stripes so perfectly. You are going to have a fantastic wardrobe for the summer.

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  6. Katie, I'm very impressed with the stripe matching and the fit of this top. It looks lovely on you. I don't think I'll be sewing anything striped any time soon...I need to improve my skills first;)

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  7. Wonderful! Mitch did a great job talking you into the stripes because they look lovely in that style. Great job with the matching.

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  8. Wow! YOU can wear stripes - the fit is great! Either you are sewing REALLY flattering items or you have been working out bigtime - great job!

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  9. I'm very impressed with your stripe matching. Nice! Looks great on you. :)

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  10. Love the top in stripes! Very cute! I'm going to try to make this today, too, but I still need to trace and make a muslin first.

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  11. Oh wow! Your stripes are perfect! I always try to do that but mess up somewhere.

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  12. Very pretty - the stripe matching is awesome!!!!!!

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  13. I bow to your stripe matching prowess. Wow.

    I bet another inch or so would help. Having tops that sort of "stick" a little farther down helps me with ride-up in RTW.

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  14. I join auntninn in bowing to your prowess - 2 Lynn's bowing, what are the odds?! And how do you get real words for verication like valium - I get stupid stuff like hooleepi.

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  15. Great outcome for the top, I was a bit frightened of this pattern after the photo of your first FBA on the dressform :). Now it has mysteriously moved to this very weekend's sewing plan. How did it do that?

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