Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Burda 8987 Bias Top

Reviewed by:Ann Smith
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Posted on:6/29/05 1:50 PM
Pattern Size:Regular
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Pattern Photo:Burda 8987
Burda Pattern Information
Pattern Rating:I would definitely sew this pattern again
Available for sale on PR: Yes

Pattern Description: A bias, pullover sleeveless shell with 2 different necklines.

Pattern Sizing: 34-46 European or 8-20 US

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Exactly

Were the instructions easy to follow? This is a Burda Start 2 pattern which they describe as needing little sewing experience. The instructions are very detailed and thorough. The only thing lacking is advice on handling bias (see issue below).

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the v neckline echoed by the v hemline. I also like the darts descending from the armhole.

The only dislike is that the instructions although mostly thorough did not mention any special handling of the back neck slit opening. Since the fabric is cut on the bias it is very likely to stretch out there. I've seen many ready made garments with this problem and have made a few in the past but I forgot about until after I constructed the top. The slit opening gaps apart and will do so unless you stabilize the seam allowance with iron-on interfacing before doing anything. Mine was gaping a lot so I added the interfacing but that wasn't enough. I shortened the gap opening by half, leaving just enough to get in on over my head. And I steamed the fabric a lot. It is okay now but not perfect.

Fabric Used: Navy mid-weight linen.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I cut a 10 at neck/shoulders/arms and 14 at the sides, tapering back in at the hips. I moved the point of the dart outward 3/4"

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I'll make it again. I think this style is much more flattering on me the a standard shell with a round neck and straight hem.

Conclusion A quick to make and useful style.

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