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April 12th, 2016 at 8:48 pm

A New Top

in: Sewing

After using the pink pique to make a yoke, I only had enough to make a shell or tank top. I decided a shell top from Burda World of Fashion from December, 2003.

Shell BurdaWOF 12/03 #142

The first step, after choosing the pattern, is to cut the pattern sheets from the BurdaWOF magazine, separate them, and iron them.

Shell BurdaWOF 12/03 #142

Then it’s time to trace and alter. I always have to do a rather substantial full bust alteration (FBA). In this case, I chose to split the between the side piece and the center piece.

Shell BurdaWOF 12/03 #142

Next it is time to cut. I decided to add 4 inches to the bottom of the top. I’ve had a run of tops (made by me and RTW) that have been too short.

#fitcheck I do well fitting the front with a half pattern, but I need a full toile to fit the back. I almost always take tops in in the upper back #erectupperback

This pattern is very easy to sew, no darts, no interfacing. In the image above, I’m doing a fit check on Tina.

I lengthened the top. It’s much longer on Tina than the finished product is. I found it very unflattering at this length and returned it to the original length.

Next step: finish the neckline.

Contrast or matching. I'm going with the contrast.

The pattern called for piping around the neckline. I didn’t have any cording for piping, so I decided to go with faux piping. That is, instead of sewing a length of cording inside my folded in half bias tape, I just sewed the bias tape. I made several samples like the one above and decided to go with contrast piping.

Shell BurdaWOF 12/03 #142

The above image is of the backside of the neckline. Bias is wonderful stuff. I trimmed the ends to be even and sewed around the neckline to anchor the bias tape, and that was it for finishing the neckline.

Neckline finish

I think I did a good job on the neckline finish.

The arm holes and hem are both finished with more bias tape.

Finis #burdaWOF 12/2003 pattern 142

I like it. I need to bring the shoulders in a little bit, and as usual, I had to bring in the upper back, but I hope to make many more of these.

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