Thursday, 2 May 2013

Burda 02-2009-108 t shirts, Burda sew-a-long

I like sew-a-longs, it is highly enjoyable to see what other people are making with a common goal.
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At the moment, the famous Me-Made-May has started, and although I signed up, I have decided I can't take photographs every day just at the moment, and as I already wear 99% hand made clothing, the photographs and making the outfit is the real challenge for me, so I am a real piker.
Instead I am hoping to join the Wellington Burda sew-a-long. I particularly appreciate the inclusiveness of this plan - any Burda pattern, just in May. I can do this! In fact there are a lot of sticky notes calling out to me from my big pile of magazines.
Despite this, I have a strange urge to hunt down a tie front blouse pattern from 09-2007 - a magazine I do not own. This is Treena's fault - see her nice blouse? I take no responsibility for my own pattern acquisitiveness ;)

Here is a pair of t shirts I made last weekend (April, so not eligible).

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This is  one of the things I love about Burda magazines. I had this beautiful print on a super stretchy, thin and slippery viscose knit (Cleggs, February 2013), that was a real indulgence for me, and after some deliberation, I decided that I needed a t shirt pattern without a neck binding, as I predicted major problems in applying it neatly. I didn't have enough fabric for a cowl neck or a tie neck (it was $$$$ fabric), so I went looking through my Burda stash for a bateau neck t shirt. I was sure I'd find one (or 3)
Burda 02-2009-108 sounded perfect, and on Pattern Review, nearly everyone was happy (I also love pattern review for problem pattern identification)
I made the practice version from a nice sturdy cotton lycra knit.
The neckline sat reasonably well, but I felt the viscose needed some recovery help, so I added lingerie elastic to the folded over neck.

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This is not as heavy as clear elastic that I often use in necklines, and I am glad I used a more delicate elastic, as even with this, the neckline tends to ripple a little. Fortunately, this is not an issue once the t shirt is worn.
I used a 60 stretch needle, and a walking foot for the construction - with a narrow 3 step zig-zag stitch, and the coverstitch for the neck and hem.

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I was able to squeeze long sleeves out of my 80cm of fabric by cutting them on the cross grain (4 way knit), a tiny bit of underarm piecing, and a cuff from the straight grain scraps.

This is a very bold print for me, but I love it.

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Now I will look through my Burdas for something else to make for the sew-a-long.

Stashbusting statistics - practice t shirt eligible, about 1m of cotton lycra 2012, viscose knit not eligible

23 comments:

Steph A said...

Absolutely Stunning!!! The fabric is gorgeous. And squeezing a long sleeved top out of so little is AWEsome!!

Dilliander said...

What an amazing fabric and the perfect pattern choice to showcase it! $$$ well spent :) it looks great and thanks for the elastic tip, a very clever option.

Vicki said...

Love it! I saw some great prints in Cleggs a couple of weeks ago but wouldn't allow myself to buy any due to my stash and lack of actual sewing. Perhaps if I make something in May I can have a meter?

Mary said...

pure gorgeousness!

Sharon said...

Love this top, the pattern and colours are gorgeous.

Summer Flies said...

Wow you look great in that t-shrt. I love the huge butterfly on the front. It looks so great with that masterpiece of a skirt - I love that skirt!

bobbincat said...

Love the top and the skirt! Nice work.

bobbincat said...

Love the top and the skirt! Nice work.

beurreblanc said...

Have you tracked down the 09-2007 Burda issue? If not, I can lend it to you.
And, great top!
Sewingelle

Clio said...

What a clever idea to add some lingerie elastic to the neckline. I love the top - it is exactly the sort of print that scares me but that I am so envious of when other people make something wonderful, like you did!

ejvc said...

Are you sure that's you in the pictures? Your last few photos have been extra-extra-glamorous.

Oh yeah, nice top too.

Marie said...

What a stunning prints. You squeezed this out of 80cm of fabric? Wow.

Jilly Be said...

Oh my oh my....It's not so easy (at least for me!) to make something elegant, fun, and flat out beautiful out of prints that could easily go into the gaudy, over-the-top mode. You've made this print into a to die for elegant piece!

Gail said...

Some fabrics are just works of art aren't they? Your new top looks perfect with your skirt.

BeaJay said...

That fabric is a killer!!! Love it and have fabric envy!

Janine said...

Beautiful . You will be wearing this for years and years . $$$$ fabric ends up being so worth it.
I bought some lovely bamboo knit from Clegs at the remnant sale so it was quite reasonable but boy was it absolute bedlam at that sale . Women piled three deep trying to get to that table. I think I might be avoiding that one in future.

Janine said...

Beautiful . You will be wearing this for years and years . $$$$ fabric ends up being so worth it.
I bought some lovely bamboo knit from Clegs at the remnant sale so it was quite reasonable but boy was it absolute bedlam at that sale . Women piled three deep trying to get to that table. I think I might be avoiding that one in future.

theperfectnose said...

I love it tucked in somehow the lines look cleaner and more flattering. Lovely combo of colours-that red is great on you.

SewRuthie said...

Oh that is absolutely FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!

Sue said...

Just caught up with your last 3 posts - my fave t-shirt pattern! I have made this a heap of times and they are my 'go-to' tops in the wardrobe.
The skirt - also a huge favorite of mine - loved making it and wearing it. You need to make a lined one as I think the lining is really nicely done. Your son's tee's left me smiling - my boys would have been the same and preferred the plain one too!

jacquianne said...

Such a beautiful top - I am excited to see what you come up with for this sewalong!!

Audrey said...

I love this top. The colors, print and style. And what a brilliant idea to use lingerie elastic to stabilize the neckline. If I use clear elastic inside a garment to ruche a sleeve or stabilize a seam, and it touches my skin, it really irritates me.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

These shots are so glam!!! I love the short hair. The print on the shirt you're wearing is so awesome. I love the butterflies.