Burda Vintage: Rosa – Not pink but black!

It’s all very confusing: Burda have decided to give their patterns in the Vintage edition names rather than their usual soulless numbers.


While that’s all very well, the pattern Rosa got me hopelessly confused. You see, in German, “rosa” means light pink. But I did not intend to make the jacket in light pink…  I had white bouclé in mind, from the stash, so that was my good deed for the day.

IMG_0682I have not managed to get proper pictures of the jacket so I’ll wait for those for a  further post. But believe me that I like the jacket a lot, so much so that I decided to make a top of it too.

IMG_0668This is the same cut as the jacket but without the buttoned front.

IMG_0667For me and my non-fashion ways this is on the edgy side of edgy: coated bouclé for the front and back and pleather for the sleeves and facing. I got the materials from Stoff and Stil, and I have to say I was delighted with their fabrics. I got the bouclé in the sale for a great price. Their normal fabrics are not exactly bargain basement, but I was pleased with the service and will definitely order from them again.

IMG_0665I have to say that I really love it – but I got so many comments on the fashion-ness of the top that I wonder if it might be a bit out there for my usual me  ;-). One thing I noticed was that the pleather is very very not – not sure whether that is just me or whether all pleather garments are quite so sweltering. I certainly couldn’t wear full on pleather – just the thought of those oh-so-fashionable pleather leggins makes me shudder – I would be a climate change inducing factor all by myself!

IMG_0678Here you can see the fabric blocking a bit better. I really love the pattern with the little darts across the elbow. Although they are only small they do give a little bit of sleeve shaping which I think makes all the difference on such an unfitted top.


I finished the neckline with a pleather facing. As you can see I did not quote manage to get in on without creases (the pleather has stretch, the bouclé most definitely not…) but I trust you’re not gonna tell anyone. This is our secret!

Having no fashion-consciousness whatsoever I would not even have thought that Rosa really is a vintage pattern. But Burda do a whole lot of blurb in their magazine about the “history” of each pattern, and lo and behold, there are some proper vintage pictures of Rosa:

IMG_0697So there you go, I’m sure I look just like that! And yes, I did go and buy some light pink fabric to make Rosa in rosa. What can I do,  I just like following instructions 😉



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8 thoughts on “Burda Vintage: Rosa – Not pink but black!

  1. navybluethreads February 17, 2015 at 9:39 pm Reply

    I really love this top on you, the sleeves look great, even if they are a little hot! Never tried pleather, but the contrast is really effective 🙂

    • Chris February 20, 2015 at 1:27 am Reply

      Thanks! I really love the look of pleather, though I’m not sure I’ll be using more now that I know of the hotness issue…

  2. SewingElle February 17, 2015 at 10:20 pm Reply

    Awesome top. This looks like a great pattern.

    • Chris February 18, 2015 at 12:27 pm Reply

      Yes! I would definitely recommend it. And it’s easy to sew as well. Win-win!

  3. Linda of Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!! February 18, 2015 at 2:20 am Reply

    It looks good! I was wondering if it would be too warm! Guess I have an answer!

    • Chris February 18, 2015 at 12:26 pm Reply

      Yep. If, like me, you are rather too warm than too cold than maybe pleather isn’t the way to go…

  4. Andrea February 18, 2015 at 5:18 am Reply

    What a lovely top. I really like the boucle pleather combination. It definitely isn’t too edgy.

    • Chris February 18, 2015 at 12:26 pm Reply

      Thank you! It’s a cracking pattern, really easy to sew and still a little bit different.

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