Monday, January 5, 2009

Burda 11-2006-116 Wrap Top

Can I just say that I love this top?? I'll be making more of these. The full review is below. Melissa has made this too and she mentioned that it has also been released as an envelope pattern. So, lucky you if you want to try it and don't want to trace.

Pattern Description: This is a wrap top with empire seaming. It had been reviewed several times before this but I thought I'd throw my hat into the ring too. It's fantastic!
Pattern Sizing: 36-44. I graded down to a size 34 but left it a 36 at the hips.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it looks like the line drawing and the model photos.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were very easy to understand. I'm glad I've made a top like this before though or I would have been confused with the back neckband directions. Everything else is very straight forward.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the high neck and double layer over the bust. It is super cozy and warm. This is my first addition to my new SWAP. I am doing it on my own and it's called The F-ing Cold SWAP. Alaska's temperatures have plummeted in the past weeks and I am going to focus on warm things. Back on topic, I dislike nothing about this top.
Fabric Used: This is a great polyester/lycra stretch velvet (velour?) for the FabricsAndNotions Yahoo group. This is not very warm because of the polyester but I wear a thin wool top under it and then it turns into toasty heaven.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I did my usual 1/2" shoulder to bust tuck and flared out the hip area a bit. The sleeve seems to have a lot of ease in it so I may make a slightly larger tuck in the arm when I make it again.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? YES!! I love this top. I have some great rayon knit that is trying to get together with the pattern pieces right now. I have it locked in a drawer but it keeps plotting against me.
Conclusion: If you have this magazine you need to make this top!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for let me know about the envelope pattern! I am not a big knit sewer but love this style!

Anonymous said...

ooh yours is LUSH in that fabric! I've made mine so many times, and it's still one of my favourite go-to warm tops this time of year...

angie.a said...

Rats. I don't have this one! But then again, I can pick up the paper pattern :D :D

(pee.s. --hehe-- I recycled training pants too)

Dana said...

I'm lookin' up that pattern as soon as I'm done here! Yours looks great and since my husband insists that 65-degrees in our drafty old house is too warm...I've been trying to think of creative alternatives to two layers and a sweatshirt. Of course I'll I've come up with so far is a couple of velour turtlnecks! Thanks for the inspiration!

Tamara said...

Too cool that it is now in paper pattern! I love this top on you.

I think that the super absorbent underpants last forever. My youngest son still wears the one that I bought originally for his older brother. So they have been consistently worn for over 4 years and they still have plenty of life left. Even though my son is way past this stage I can't stand to throw away perfectly good fitting underwear. Your appliques are super cute!

Dr. Bennett said...

Dawn, PERFECT top for the f-ing cold of Alaska! Love the fabric.
I was a very bad blogger a while back, and have just returned. I think this will be a better way to keep up with my class kids and friends than my website was. I'll keep the website (, but really just as a place to post schedules, etc...-- and it's true-- I love everything you make, so I had to award you! :)

Anonymous said...

I love your blog! I found it from your review of this pattern (at, which I will have to trace off and make. I already have the magazine, so I'm not going to spring for an envelope pattern.

I have an odd stretch velvet that I think might work with this. I bought it for $2.97 a yard a couple of years ago and I've been looking for a use for it ever since.