Ever since I started my sabbatical in August my dressing has become incredibly basic. I think I’ve worn a dress maybe a couple of times, and that’s though I love wearing dresses. But when I’m pottering around at home it just seems more appropriate to wear trousers/jeans/tracksuit bottoms (I shudder to admit it!) and a top.
So in a drive to make at least my top half look presentable I’ve been making tops that are easy to wear and still a little more interesting than a basic T-Shirt.
My favourite is this little number from Burdastyle 11/2017. It’s a normal relatively fitted T-Shirt pattern on back and sleeves, the front as a little cowl and the knot detail.
The knot detail is actually simple to make, although when reading through the instructions I did the usual Burda-head scratch. There really should be a dedicated emoji for that!
Basically, you finish the know side (on the left in this picture) like you would a cowl, enclosing the seam of the shirt in both sides of the cowl. The bow part is just an appendix to that – it really does make sense when you have it in front of you, I promise!
I had lots more of the same fabric, so I made this Burda off-the-shoulder-type top (from sometime earlier in 2017) This one is a lot looser – I traced the smallest Burda size, which might have been 36 rather than my usual 40 and you can see it’s still plenty roomy. I feel Burda overdoes it a little bit when it comes to their oversized patterns, so I usually go down at least one size, especially when cowls are involved. And irl this tops boils down to a cowl top, because of course the carefully arranged collar slips up and into a cowl as soon as you move your arms – which I do do sometimes, which may come as a surprise to Burda designers! I’m not a shy girl, you know, but flashing everybody with not just my bra but also my belly button when wearing a Burda cowl is not exactly my idea of a good time!
I’ve had those two tops in my wardrobe for a couple of months and they got worn loads – in fact I’m wearing the first one as we speak. Simple, but effective!
I also make this basic sweatshirt Schräge Herta, by German company Echt Knorke. The fun part about it are the design lines of the front – which completely disappear into this wild pattern. Silly me – when I make the pattern next I’ll post some more useful pictures! But if you have a look at the link there are some more informative pictures. All instructions for this pattern are in German, but basically it’s a raglan sweat, so if you’ve a little bit of experience you should be able to work it out even without any sewing German.
My other recent tops are this one
I have a couple more fabrics waiting, so hopefully my wardrobe will look exciting enough (only top half considered 😉 )!