Burdastyle 2-1013-127 really grabbed my attention with it’s long, gathered raglan sleeve. Long raglan sleeves in Burda mags are pretty rare–that there’s a little frippery with the sleeve gathers makes it all the more fun. I was tempted to download the pattern–I was saved the utter hassle because of the greatness of this issue. At least 5 things caught my eye besides jackets (Burda always has great jackets), so I knew it’d be worth it to just buy the whole issue.
There’s only 3 pieces, so this sews together very quickly. The gathers are in the sleeve, not the front, which I appreciate–bulk over the arms, not the bust is a great deal more attractive.
Version 1 is with a turquoise knit. It was marked rayon at Denver Fabrics but it doesn’t have that cold feeling that rayon has. I’d guess it’s some kind of rayon/poly blend with possibly a little cotton. Because of the little recovery that it has, I had to unpick the neck binding and make it smaller as it was just not sitting flat. Baste it in place before you serge it. I know some other reviewers had issues with this, but really, it’ll depend on your knit. I should have stabilized the neck as I’m almost certain that it grew due to the recovery issue. The shoulders are just a little too wide even at a 32 on me.
Since I don’t have a raglan sleeved TNT (though I suspect I will soon with the new issue of Jalie 3245), I decided to test the too wide theory on another version. I had this lovely hemp/cotton print from Eureka Fabrics in Eureka, CA.
It needed to be underlined, and I happened to have a turquoise mesh that worked perfectly for the task. Because of the underlining I cut the pattern a size bigger at the side seams. I should’ve basted the side seams before I serged them because this version is definitely more fitted than I would prefer…it’s not tight, but it’s fitted. It’s still a hair too wide in the shoulders (see the dip down at CB), but it’s not bad. Again, I’d need to check it against a TNT to understand for sure. When I have a TNT, I imagine I’ll come back to this pattern to make it work better for me. As for now, this is a great instant gratification top that’ll be an excellent hard-working basic in my wardrobe.
My full review is here.