Saturday, April 14, 2007

Burda 8660 top

Reviewed by:Ann Smith
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Posted on:12/30/02 1:12 AM
Pattern Size:Regular
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Pattern Rating:I would definitely sew this pattern again

I made the top from this pattern which also includes a jacket and pants. I'm very happy with the top which I made from a black ottoman knit, leftover from another project. The top went together very easily with no problems in construction. The instructions are very good and quite complete. Burda even suggests stabilizing the neckline with fusible bias tape, which I did.

The odd thing about this pattern is that it looks like a wrap top that has the front cut on the bias. Since Burda doesn't put a description on the pattern, I thought that the top wrapped and was cut on bias from the line drawing and from the picture. The photo shows a striped design that appears to wrap diagonally. I thought my striped ribs would follow the diagonal neckline. But the top is cut straight on grain so my ribs go up and down. I guess I could have changed it around but I just followed the pattern without thinking about it. After it was cut I realized it was not as pictured. No matter, I like it anyway.

The top is stitched together and pulls on over the head. It is a bit of a squeeze. The tie at the bottom is the ends of an attached band at the waist. The lower right front has stitched tucks to the side and the left front has a large waist dart. These create the shaping which is very nice. There are also gathers at the center back.

I cut the size according to my bust measurements at the sides and cut 2 sizes smaller at the shoulders and neck. This worked well although I had to take in the side seams right under the arms to prevent gapping.

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