Monday, January 28, 2013
Sky Blue Top
This is Burda's Draped Shirt #113 from 2/2013 issue. I went down a size or so to a 40 since modal/spandex is so incredibly stretchy. The directions are so terrible for this pattern (not a shocker for Burda) that I just abandoned them after a few lines and improvised my way through. (If you want to know how I improvised my drape and neckline, I wrote a pattern review here on PatternReview.com with a synopsis of my process.) It's not a difficult top to sew up. I added about two inches width to the back hip/bum. I was nervous this shirt would look like maternity wear (one could wear it then if you extended the front hemline a few inches) but there's a secret dart hiding behind that lovely center drape- it pulls in the material to show your silhouette along with the shirring.
One major drawback of modal/spandex is the weight of the material. It's deceptively lightweight and airy feeling when you wear it but it actually has some weight to it. The drape in the center is a smidge heavy and is pulling down on the neckline causing some tension on the fabric and the neckline to roll out. But I'm not overly concerned. But on the other hand I almost never have to sew up the hem on this fabric. I left them all raw on the sleeves and along the bottom edge. Plus this gives me more length that I like.
This shade of blue makes me happy. So cheerful and bright. I don't know if the dreary daylight, my simple camera or your screen can do it justice.