Anyway, I would normally make a Burda Style top in size 40 or 42, depending on the style. Really I'm a 40 who needs a full bust adjustment, but sometimes that's a lot of fiddling to little end (as in the case of this design). I used size 42 of Burda Style 11-2011-114 - but didn't add anything for seam allowances. Virginie noted that the top felt sloppy if you cut your normal size, so I figured this would be an appropriate compromise.
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This particular pattern is the 'sewing lesson' in the Burda Style magazine, so has quite detailed step-by-step instructions. It's a reasonably simple top anyway, if you've ever sewed something with sleeves before.
I did wonder what fabric to use. The magazine merely states 'jersey', which didn't give me many clues about weight or stretch. It's hard to get stretch fabrics in New Zealand. My local store had a soft viscose jersey, which is kind of heavy (i.e. it would stretch on a hanger) but is thin like t-shirt material. It turned out well for this pattern. If I was to make this for a winter top, I would try to source a thin merino knit or similar, as I think it would work really well. The top only needs enough stretch to go over your head and fit your arms in!
I didn't bother to 'finish' the insides of the neck cowl. They won't ravel, because it is jersey. And as I don't have an overlocker, I was more likely than not to destroy the fabric by trying to finish the edge! It's fine. You can't even see it, and I wouldn't worry if you could.
This is actually a really comfortable top. I find it really difficult to get long sleeved t-shirts that I like. My fitting problems are numerous!
Firstly, I like actual long sleeves. Not 3/4 sleeves, not ones that are meant to reach my wrist but somehow don't. This top has ABUNDANT sleeve length. I also have broad shoulders so I appreciate the dropped-shoulder design on this. It makes the sleeves work better for me.
Secondly, boob space. The drape of this top is a bit weird on me, but I'm getting used to it. At least it fits. Related to this is my need to not have boobs hanging out of my top! The neckline on this is perfect - it doesn't look like something granny would wear, but it's not revealing at all.
Thirdly, length. Because my boobs take up so much space, often the front of tops is too short. Also (and you can see this illustrated better in the back picture), I am very short waisted. My waist is right below my bra. Normal stretch tops tend to roll up until the bottom sits at my waist and my guts are on display! So the extra length and weight of this top helps a lot with this.
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