I made a second top from the February issue of Burda. When I stepped out for the photo shoot hubs started chanting “Go Leeds Rhinos!”. That’s because this simple blouse featuring a flattering v-neck and cuffed short sleeves has a boxy fit. Add to that the blue and yellow of Leeds Rhinoes ……it goes from this………….
…..to this…..Construction wise it was ok to make – probably an intermediate level because the of the structure of the sleeve. You can see from the line drawing that its not a conventional sleeve. The sleeve has 2 bits – an upper piece and an under piece. But the under sleeve is also part of the bodice sides which makes it a bit tricky especially with slippery fabrics.
The neckline is faced and I am very happy with how it turned out. It lifts from my body because I used a medium weight interfacing instead of a lightweight one (the importance of labeling your interfacing people 🙂). The key thing was understitching to get the turn of cloth. I finished all the seams with my overlocker.
It could do with being just a tad bit longer. There is a dress version but I am not too keen on it.
The material has a lovely drape to it. Its a viscose I bought on Ebay last year. I had to use a Size 70 needle and shorter stitch length so it wouldnt pucker. Cutting it out was tough because it slips and slides so much – I am going to have to do something about that in future makes. The cuff of the sleeve is kept in place by tacking it otherwise it would just droop down. I found that it could only be done successfully while I was wearing it so I could see how the cuff was resting efore pinning precisely where I would hand tack it to the sleeve.
Whilst quite annoyed I was struck by how accurate Mr SNS’s assessment was; I still really like this top. I think I quite possibly didn’t get the colour combos right but I am going to attempt it without colour blocking in a bright jewel tone.
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