Sunday, 27 July 2014

Sporty stripes - Burda 6911

I threw together Burda 6911 in a couple of hours. It doesn't use much fabric, and is a casual but interesting design.

Nugget really wanted to play while I was modelling on the deck. Who can say no to that face??
The pieces are simple enough - two front sides, a back, and two sleeves. Thoughtfully, Burda even suggests using stripes for this. As you can see below, they form an interesting geometry around the bustline. I didn't bother stripe-matching. These particular stripes are very narrow, and the flimsy t-shirt material was far too hard to control when sewing it together. I don't think it matters much.

Sorry not sorry about the leggings and uggs. It's cold here.
I struggled IMMENSELY to understand how the twist front was meant to go together. I still don't understand it now - and this is not even the first twist-front top I've made. The only way I made it work was by pinning what I knew to be the shoulders to my dress form, and then tugging and twisting until it looked right. Then I pinned the left side underbust seam, and hustled back to my sewing machine.

The shoulder seams have a small piece of elastic zig-zagged in (for stability). Then I sewed in the sleeves flat and seamed them as one with the sides. I dislike setting-in t-shirt sleeves, and this way always seems simpler.

I like the different stripe directions. Also, I'm trying in vain to ignore Nugget.
Rather than rethreading my machine for a twin-needle finish, I just used the triple stretch stitch to hem the sleeves and bottom. Next time I might just attach a band for the bottom hem. It's a nice clean finish.

I ADORE this style, and could see myself making the other two variations on the pattern envelope. I'd forgotten how much I love Burda's wearability and modern design. I also find their sizing to be very consistent, and they have a pleasing amount of ease.

What do you think of Burda's patterns? Do you have any go-to pattern companies or retail stores, when it comes to practical basics?

Just what I needed, a new top to play tug-of-war in.

10 comments:

  1. Great top! The stripes do look really cool. I like Burda too. Most of what I actually sew up is from Style Arc or Burda (our public library has the mags, yay!) as I just can't be bothered with the sizing guesswork that seems to be associated with the big 4. Maybe its ok if you live in the US and get them for a dollar. I've just made up a couple of Jalie patterns and am liking those too.
    Nice view from your deck! And thanks for putting me on to MyFitnessPal, it is excellent. Your efforts and the effects have reinspired me.

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    1. Hi Lyndle! Yes, Style Arc also has some really wearable, trendy-but-not-silly patterns. I haven't made much from Jalie, but I like what I've seen on other people.

      We are so fortunate to have a nice view! In the distance, beyond the cabbage trees, is Auckland Airport. Being able to see it isn't everyone's cup of tea, but we rarely hear any planes and I actually find it quite interesting.

      I'm glad you're finding My Fitness Pal to be useful. It's great to have a free tool to help us out :-)

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  2. Haha the first pictures makes your pup look like... a little puppy. Then bang! He's freakin huge! And bloody cute. Ugg boots are my saviour in winter, no judgement from me.
    I have a very similar Burda pattern that has been languishing on the pattern shelf for way too long... the twist has always boggled me though. It looks tricky! But good once you sort it out :) Love the new top! (I'm no good at making basics.... so no comment there!)

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    1. Ha! There is nothing small about Nugget (except maybe his brain). He weighs 35kg... but he is very good at doing puppy-dog eyes.

      I think the twist was tricky, but my learning style means that I need to *see* things work... so physically playing with it on the mannequin works for me.

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  3. I like Style Arc and Jalie. Tracing and then having to add seam allowances makes Burda and Ottobre more time consuming and that's probably the biggest reason why I don't use them more often. For basic lingerie I like some of the Make Bra patterns (DL01 and the hipster).

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    1. Style Arc really does have some very wearable styles. I haven't been to their website in a while, maybe it's time for a quick look!

      This particular Burda was an envelope pattern, but I agree that tracing from the magazine can be tedious. I've seen some of your Make Bra efforts - you make amazing underwear :-)

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  4. Cute puppy! I use Burda quite a bit as I find the fit great. I do sew the big 4 as well though there tends to be a lot of ease in the patterns. Love the top, pattern is on my list.

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    1. It's lucky he's cute, because he can be very annoying :-)

      I agree wholeheartedly about both Burda and the big 4. I hope you have success with this pattern!

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  5. Love the top - I must try a twist top. I haven't tried Burda. Too complicated for me. I like StyleArc. Gorgeous dog. BTW - doesn't nugget mean small / compact? That is not a small dog!!!!

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    1. I think a twist top would look great on you. Some Burda styles are quite simple, but their instructions sometimes let them down. If you have a similar style in a different brand, you could follow the better instructions.

      We don't know where Nugget got his name from - even his former owner doesn't know. Is it because he is gold? Because he is a chicken? Because he's like a lump of rock?? Hahaha it could be any of these things! Even though he is a very big dog, he still likes to be a lap dog and sit on my husband when he is at his computer. It's very uncomfortable for everyone :-D

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