Friday, November 14, 2008

Burda 11-2008-124 Sweatshirt

I'm not super happy with the neckline around the back but I'll be the only one that ever notices. The seam allowances want to flip to the outside too. So I fused those suckers to the inside with staytape.

Looks like I'm really broad doesn't it? I'm not really. I think it's looks that way because of that CB seam.

I think I stretched the neckline out a bit with all the fiddling I did to it. It's not too bad though.

This is the full review from
Pattern Description: The inset with cord drawstring lends fashion flair to this fitted sweatshirt. The kimono sleeves ensure wearing comfort.
Pattern Sizing: 36-44. I made the 36 but probably could have graded down to a 34.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it looks like the model photo and the line drawing.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I did look at the directions quite a but for this one and they did make sense once I read through them a few times.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I don't like facings on knits so I chose not to use them. I still don't like how the edges want to flip to the outside. Next time I'll do something different. This time, I just folded under the edges and topstitched. It didn't work as well as I had hoped. I ended up fusing a stay tape under the seam allowances at the neck edge to make it stay put. We'll see what happens when I wash it.
Fabric Used: This is a charcoal gray Malden Mills sweatshirt fleece. It is cozy. I used Gutterman upholstery thread in cornflower blue to topstitch. The drawstrings are from an old sweatshirt of mine.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I made my standard 1/2" shoulder to bust tuck. I didn't topstitch the arms because the knit was stretching out of shape and my machine didn't like the thread with this material. I omitted the grommets under the arms because what Alaskan wants cold breezes in their torso region? It's, like, 17 degrees outside!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I probably will sew this again. It's a casual top and I wear a lot of those around the house. That is always my test too. I make something and wear it at the house for about a half hour with the kids. That's a good way to test any garment. If it comes out of The Test looking alright, I know it's a winner.
Conclusion: Cute, simple top that I'll wear a bunch.


Unknown said...

Looks good, I like your use of the blue cord and topstitching thread for contrast. You made it in a sweatshirt fleece... how do you think the pattern would behave in a t-shirt knit?

Maryissewfast said...

I like the style too and also not a big fan of facings with knits. Could the back be bound with some fold over elastic or a bias strip? Also, I was wondering about the center back seam on the yoke piece...could that piece be cut on the fold to eliminate that seam and maybe tweak it a bit to tighten up that neck area? I'm always looking at pattern directions to find a "better way" (at least in my humble opinion...LOL) Mary

Vicki said...

Have you ever considered a square shoulder adjustment? The opposite of a sloping shoulder. You have a lovely square shoulder line but the patterns are more sloping. If you adjust for that then the neck would sit lower on your neck/shoulder point and the pulls across the back will probably disappear. I know Debbie Cook adjusts for that and she may have a tutorial. Me, I have to do a sloping shoulder - just 1cm, but it makes all the difference.
I am catching up on your posts here and have to agree that I am amazed at how much you get done! Your skirt is lovely and those jeans are perfect :) This sweat top is cute too and definately on my "one day maybe" list.

Pam Erny said...

Ohhh..I really like this style. Might knock-off least the neckline details..and rework my favorite TNT HotPatterns T.

Thanks for posting looks terrific!

Pam, from ~Off The Cuff Style~

Anonymous said...

Great minds think alike - I made the teeshirt version of this on Saturday. I ended up just folding over the seam allowances and topstitching, too, but mine doesn't flip out at all - maybe it's the fabric? I did mine in cotton interlock... Hopefully I'll get a photoshoot done tonight for the site later in the week. :)