Burdastyle 11/17 and 2/18 #108: From Autumn to Spring (#burdachallenge2018)

This skirt should really have been made in the autumn – but then somehow I got distracted and only finished it a couple of weeks ago. Of course it’ll hopefully be far too warm to wear a brushed wool skirt but hey, such is the nature of a-cyclical sewing.

The skirt is from Burdastyle 11/17, my all-time favourite issue! I made/plan to make so many things from this! The skirt has five front panels which are accentuated by topstitching. I did it by hand using knitting yarn, but of course in a finer fabric machine top-stitching will be just as effective.

The back is just a very simple midi A-line skirt, so inspite of the many panels it’s easy to make.

Take another look at the top, which is #108 from the February edition. Another simple make, with cut-on sleeves – or so I thought. In fact, the neck-line treatment nearly drove me nuts.

And I’m afraid you can tell, I simply lost patience and ended up with a very much less than perfect neckline. Basically, you have to gather a strip of fabric onto the rounded neckline pattern part. It sounds simple, but proved very fiddly in slippery viscose on slippery viscose. So now gathering on the strip isn’t quite centered and the neckband doesn’t lie quite flat. It’s not even one of those “nobody else would notice” kinds of mistake, it’s properly conspicuous. But then, I like the rest of the top, so I’m prepared to overlook the imperfections.

I quite like it tucked in too, and I’m planning another one soon. I originally swore that I’d never repeat this neckline treatment, but with the new fabric I have in mind it’ll look perfect, so I’ll have to practice again.

The back is a little lower than the front, which is quite a nice detail, I think. Overall, a simple but effective top which is fluid without being massively oversized. Oh, I sized down one to a size 38, which is my go-to size adjustment for all loose Burdastyle patterns (unless it’s a loose knit, which I’ll size down to whatever is the smallest size available).

Yesterday saw me wearing spring clothes for the first time this year and although today it’s rainy again today I hope that spring is now a more permanent guest.

How about you: are you ready for the change of season?


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9 thoughts on “Burdastyle 11/17 and 2/18 #108: From Autumn to Spring (#burdachallenge2018)

  1. NancyD March 12, 2018 at 5:42 pm Reply

    Will you be my personal shopper? I love both of these and have flagged the patterns in my Burdastyle library. Now I’ve seen your versions my scissors are getting itchy. Thanks for the tip on the neckline construction. I’ll aim to find fabric with drape and some grip. Very nicely done!

    • Chris March 13, 2018 at 6:55 pm Reply

      Thank you very much. I’m glad you like them. They are two easy projects!

  2. SewingElle March 12, 2018 at 10:14 pm Reply

    Love both of these. And thanks for the warning on the top!

    • Chris March 13, 2018 at 6:54 pm Reply

      I tried a second version of the top and although it was a lot easier to do, I still got the same bunching. I wonder whether I might have mismatched the neckline size??

      • SewingElle March 13, 2018 at 10:15 pm

        Oh how very annoying. We are so used to brilliant burda drafting. I always wonder if I traced things wrong when a burda pattern doesn’t go together brilliantly. But perhaps it’s not you?

      • Chris March 13, 2018 at 10:46 pm

        I really do think this one isn’t me. I did a „ muslin“ just of the neckline and even without the covering band it doesn’t lie flat. Pinching out a dart on the back neck seems to do the trick.

  3. auschick March 22, 2018 at 2:58 pm Reply

    I should go back through my burda collection at some point! I especially love your skirt!

  4. Hila April 1, 2018 at 6:12 pm Reply

    I am such a big fan of your makes Chris!

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