Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Burda 08-2008-109 Raglan T-shirt

Pattern Description: From Burda: This top simply can't be topped! It just clings to your body as it's made up in fine knit, the plain raglan cut allowing the unusual print to tell the story.
From me: This is a basic raglan-sleeved jewel-necked t-shirt. The sleeves are only partial with bias binding underneath the sleeves.
Pattern Sizing: 34-42. I made a 34.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, mostly. I found the sleeves tended to flare a bit more than the photos. You can see the seaming details in this photo along with the little sleeve wings. I outlined them in a photo editing program.
Were the instructions easy to follow? This is a basic top so the directions were okay. I totally didn't understand the directions for the facing/binding of the underarm section. I muddled along and still don't like the result. Next time I will do something else. I am debating trying to draft a full sleeve on the bottom so I don't have to deal with that part again. I sewed the strips on first and then attached the sleeves. Then I folded the strip over and topstitched it down. It's not pretty but you can't really see it from the outside.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the basic styling of the top. And I actually do have a couple of dislikes for this pattern. I almost never put dislikes in a BWOF review. I don't like the armhole treatment. I will change that if I make this top again. Next, the neckline is really high. They have you cut off the seam allowances (SA) and then bind it with a self-fabric strip. Next time, I'll cut off a little more than the SA in the front. You can see that it is pretty high in this photo from above.
Fabric Used: This is the last of a heather grey Gorgeous Fabrics cotton/lycra knit.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I made this top without my usual shoulder-bust shortening (I forgot again, what am I? A moron? I only have to do one freaking alterations and I always forget!) and it looked very odd. I posted a few entries on my blog about the original top and the alterations I did to do the shortening.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I will probably sew this again because I like the basic styling of it. This could be a great basic for every wardrobe.
Conclusion: With a few tweaks this could be a nice TNT, basic for me.


Unknown said...

Very cute top!

Anonymous said...

Very cute top Dawn, and very cute figure!!! I wonder if you do a slight horizontal fish eye dart in the lower back waist/hip area? There is a little extra fabric there, and that is how Shannon had us rectify it in a class I took. It's really fabulous on you. Jan B.