Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Burda Magazine 04/2011-118 tunic top

I made more #oonapants, y'all. They are so crazy comfortable. That means I need more tunics though.
Right?!?! I'm pretty sure I wore this outfit in 1989. I'm totally breaking my rule about wearing a trend the second time around, but I don't care.
The top is from the 04/2011 issue of Burda magazine. This is top #118, but lengthened to about halfway to the dress length. It is a really simple top - only 4 pattern pieces, and it went together really easily, at least it would have, if I had chosen an easier fabric...
The fabric is a poly/lycra single jersey from Fabric.com. They called it "Roma" jersey, whatever that means. It was literally the only piece of solid black jersey in my stash, which is sort of ridiculous. It's pretty thin and crazy curly, so it was a serious pain to sew. Such a pain in fact, that I couldn't bring myself to hem the bottom.
You can see the design features a little better here. The top has batwing sleeves, cut on to a yoke both front and back. The seam hits just above the bust. The neckline is a bateau style and finished with a simple turn and stitch hem. The sleeves are drafted VERY long, but I had to shorten them 7 inches because of fabric limitations. In this pic, I have them slightly scrunched up. They are bracelet length when pulled down. They are also VERY slim. If my fabric had any less stretch (this stuff could be swimwear lycra,  it's so stretchy), the sleeves would be too tight.
The other major alteration I made was to the length. I cut it between the dress and top length, as I wanted sort of a minidress/long tunic look. Initially, I put in the pockets, but they were an utter disaster in this thin knit. I looked like I had saddlebags hanging from my hips. I serged them off, and the silhouette is much better, but  now I have no pockets. Boo.
I wore my top today in full out 80s style, with my newest pair of leggings. These are the same pattern as the previous pair, this time in a cotton-lycra jersey from Nature's Fabrics. I wore it with wedge heel booties from Target, a vintage jean jacket and purple glitter sunnies from Target.

24 comments:

  1. Your oonapants are perfect! Love the tunic with it.

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  2. I love your oonapants, and that fabric you used is AMAZING! The top goes perfect with it.

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  3. There's nothing wrong with enjoying a trend the second time around when it looks as good as yours does! I hate the curly poly knits, too, but you have to make do as best you can.

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  4. Love it, love it, love it!!!

    Although -- isn't there some rule about NOT wearing a trend when it's retro, if you wore it when it was new???
    I seem to recall being told that when I wanted to wear mini skirts . . .

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    1. Just call me a rebel. I'm sure there is an 80s reference in there somewhere...

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  5. You chose the perfect length. Did you finish the bottom edge at all or is it just the cut edge? It looks great.

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    1. Thank you! I just left it raw, but I secured the ends of the serged seams with a short line of stretch stitches. I didn't want them to unravel.

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  6. You look amazing. And I'm not sure why, but when I see this I have "HEEEEY SEXA LADY!" from Gangham Style going through my head.

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  7. You look SO CUTE! (I mean that in the nicest possible way!) I love your hair up.. whole outfit looks great! Been there too! It's ok to go back sometimes!

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  8. Yup, I might have worn a similar outfit in '83 or '84. You just need an armful of plastic bracelets (remember those?!) to finish it off.
    Both pieces look great!

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  9. I love the outfit! I have been avoiding the print legging pants but you are changing my mind!!

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  10. I think when you look that good - well rock the trend baby! Who cares if you did once before when you were 8? Great outfit! g

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  11. If I looked as good as you I'd wear that outfit too. Trendy but modest. Great
    Brenda in the Boro

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  12. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS. my sweatshirt had to be hacked a bit, i should've gone with this perfect length. i think, though it's a revisited trend, you're totally making it chic and non 80s. i ought to take a cue from you......

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  13. Awesome! I'm still plotting what to wear with my oonapants... :( this is perfect. :)

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  14. You look young, beautiful and full of fun!

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  15. I would totally wear this look again. But then I'm crazy like that.

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    1. And it would look amazing with your batwing top!

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  16. What a cool look - very different from your usual cool look. You look like a bad girl now!

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  17. That is just a fun look. I love shirts like that.

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