Burda Cowl Neck Top

The Burda cowl neck top (10/2011#135) was part of my 2017 Make Nine so I wanted to share it for that reason. I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it. I really think the issues are due to the fabric. The top really requires a fabric with enough drape to make the cowl really look gorgeous. On the bolt, the fabric appeared to be nice and drapey, but it wasn’t really. It washed up a bit crisper as well. A knit with rayon would work beautifully in this top.

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The top has raglan sleeves and an inset for the front and back for the neckline/cowl. The sleeves are also in the original pattern ruched at the side from forearm to hem. I chose to make sleeve bands instead since I doubted I would like the ruching. In terms of fit problems, the sleeves fit like wings and the bust is pretty good. The cowl neck could be more cowl-like. More room in the hips would be good.

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In terms of sewing, it’s not my best work. The cowl was difficult to get in and there is something weird with the side seams.

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And yet the times I have worn it, I really loved wearing it. Just goes to show that a garment doesn’t need to be perfect for you to enjoy wearing it. It’s a super comfy top and I just love the colour of it. The length is perfect for wearing with jeans. Overall I feel pretty great in it even though I know there are fit problems and sewing problems.

Go figure.

Burda has the usual sparse instructions so this top isn’t for the faint of heart. You just sort of have to “interpret” their instructions or go your own way like I do 90% of the time.

Speaking of 2017 Make Nine, I’m on track to get five out of the nine done. Way better than my 2016 Make Nine where I made exactly zero of the things I planned.

Here is my #2017makenine Except for the middle column, these are @burda_style patterns. I made a goal to make more Burda patterns since I love the designs and think the block fits me pretty well. Plan is to make at least these 6 this year starting with the grey sweatshirt using some cat print terry I have. In the middle column, I want to make a maxi length @cashmerette #appletondress with some lovely tropical fabric I recently acquired in a swap. I love #M7537 from the @mccallpatterncompany early spring release. I can see it becoming a quick favourite. Finally, I have a bunch of flannel in my stash that is due to become pjs using the free pattern from @5outof4patterns If I bust that stash, I clear out an entire shelf of my stash! And I get many cozy pjs to wear about the house in various lengths for the year. Last year I didn't get any of my list done. This year feels pretty reasonable and should be doable. 😁 #sewing #sewcialists

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I think the summer dresses just aren’t going to happen, but the pj pants and the kimono robe will for sure. I finished my Appleton dress, Burda sweatshirt and now my Burda cowl top. I would love to get the top left corner Burda dress done sometime this winter. I have fabric for the other Burda dresses, but it doesn’t seem to make sense to make summer dresses when there are leaves on the ground so those will likely be pushed over to my 2018 Make Nine list. The McCall’s dress fell off my to make list. I ended up buying fabric for M7624 instead. Hahha oops. I hope to make view  C or D depending on how much I can squeeze out of the fabric at some point during the winter.

I’m just not sure that both of those dresses will happen in 2017. They may be muslined in 2017, but not finished up.

TL:DR Review

  • Pattern: Burda cowl neck top (10/2011#135)
  • Pros: Even though it was tough to put in, the separate pieces for the back neckline and the cowl make for a nice shape and lovely finish. I really like the relaxed fit and with some tweaks it would be perfect.
  • Cons: The usual sparse instructions issues for Burda patterns.
  • Make again?: With some nice drapey rayon knit and a few fit/style mods. I would increase the cowl width and try to figure out how to adjust to get rid of the flaps of fabric in the sleeves above the bust.
  • Rating: pink-star-black-md pink-star-black-mdpink-star-black-mdpink-star-black-mdwhite-star-black-md4/5 stars

 

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Wardrobe Planning, #2017MakeNine, and Goals Update

I haven’t been really up on my wardrobe planning previously, but at the beginning of the summer, I decided to try it again. My focus was on pieces that would help me with a transitional wardrobe so that some could be used for summer into fall with a few extra layers.

Wardrobe Planning

Top Row:

  1. Appleton Dress: Tropical Print Maxi Length 3/4 length sleeves (Made)
  2. M5050: View E White gauze with lace; Misty Jeans: Capri length (Made)
  3. M7094: View C Navy Blue crepe with orange squigly squares; Jennifer city shorts: twill
  4. Lenox Dress: Cotton mint eyelet
  5. Oceanside Shorts: green linen rayon (Made); Concord T: Hello Kitty Cotton Lycra (Made)

Middle Row:

  1. Barton Shorts: Tropical print linen rayon with lace (Made); Concord T: Lightweight jersey (to buy)
  2. Three’s a Charm Jacket: Black Jersey (Made)Springfield top: Red Rayon; Pavlova Skirt: (Made)
  3. Simplicity 2350: White crepe with coral satin lining; M6555: White crepe and turquoise crepe
  4. Scarf Neck Cardigan: lightweight jersey (made)Dartmouth top: lightweight jersey (Made)Misty Jeans: Capri length (Made)
  5. Peplum top: black rayon; Misty Jeans: Capri length (Made)

Bottom Row:

  1. Burda Cowl Neck Top: turquoise cotton lycra; Oceanside Pants: Chambray Forsythe Capris: Star/Deer stretch denim
  2. Winslow Culottes: Tropical leaf voile; Concord T: Made or planned above
  3. Burda Keyhole Dress: White rayon with navy polkadots
  4. Burda Kimono Robe: Flannel lined mint Satin; PJ Pants: flannel; Concord T: Made or planned above
  5. Springfield top: Flannel hacked into a babydoll sleeping top; PJ Shorts (Barton or 5 out of 4 short length pjs): Flannel

Wardrobe planning update

I have 15 left. I’ve made 12 things. I eliminated the Jennifer City shorts from the list, because it’s August and there isn’t much time left to enjoy summer stuff. I replaced the Oceanside pants with Forsythe pants in capri length just for fun. I may or may not make another Concord T shirt. I haven’t decided yet.

Some of the projects left are part of my 2017 Make Nine list. I have not done as well on that list, though. I’ve made two patterns and cut out another, but I have fabric for most others.

2017 Make Nine

  1. Prairie Style Dress from Burda. I got some lovely polkadot chambray for this. I’m eliminating the ruffle from the front.
  2. I made Cashmerette Appleton dress using up some lovely tropical print material I got in a local sewcialist swap.
  3. Cowl Neck Top from Burda. I have turquoise cotton lycra cut up and ready for this.
  4. Keyhole dress from Burda. I have navy polka-dot on white rayon fabric for this.
  5. M7537. I have the pattern. I don’t have the fabric yet. I do have some lovely tropical print rayon that might work for it, though, but I’d want some contrasting fabric for the colourblocking in that view.
  6. Raglan sweater with zip. I made several of these and then summer happened so I barely wore them. They will be part of my fall rotation, though.
  7. Belted Kimono from Burda. I have some lovely flannel lined satin for this one. I totally forgot to replace it in the picture, though. D’Oh!
  8. I have 22.5 yards of flannel in my stash that are begging to become pj pants using the 5 out of 4 free pj pattern. I guess I could have also replaced that pattern pic with fabric, too. Oh well.
  9. Boho maxi dress from Burda. I have a gorgeous crepe print for this pattern. I will have to wear a little slip under it since it is a bit see-through. I might get this one cut out this weekend.

2017 Make Nine Update

I am finally getting more energy back after being sick at the beginning of the year. It really delayed my sewing plans for the year, but with summer, I’ve had more energy. June and July and August, I made more than the previous months combined. I made some goals at the end of last year and am finally getting back on track with those:

  1. Accessible Sewing: I did flat pattern adjustments of my bra pattern so it has a lower bridge and can accommodate 1 line of hooks and eye tape at the front. It will also have the back closure for my fun swelling that occasionally happens so I can make it bigger or smaller depending on the day. I will be able to adjust that before I put the bra on though. I’ve also done some accessible sewing by making sleeves easier. I’ve gone back and taken sleeve off a couple of unwearable garments. I just need to finish the armsyce with bias tape or facing. I’m also close to having a good swimsuit pattern.
  2. Burda Patterns: I’ve made the raglan sweater and have the cowl neck top cut out. I will probably cut out the Boho maxi dress and the kimono robe this weekend.
  3. Blazers: I’m going to make my flat pattern adjustments for Simplicity 2350 this weekend. I will tissue fit it and then try a wearable muslin. I have tons of material to use for that.
  4. Party Dresses: I plan on cutting out the M6555 in the next few weeks. I won’t have to adjust the pattern too much for that. Then I will also be making a couple of fancy Upton dresses. One in red satin for a Christmas dress and another in turquoise brocade. Then I think those three are probably good for this year since my social life isn’t that exciting. 😛
  5. Stashbusting & Getting Rid of UFOs: I was doing really well with stashbusting and then… I went shopping with a friend in Hamilton; I did a bunz trade for 65 yards of fabric; and, I won £100 fabric basket from Minerva Crafts in the Indie Royalty competition with my accidental capsule wardrobe and I don’t even know how much fabric will come with that (I’m really hoping I get some stuff to go with my other plans or just get lots of knit fabric since I love it). I kind of screwed myself with all that…. I cleared a lot of UFOs, though. I made some new ones trying to adapt old garments to my chronically fabulous life now, but overall I am getting better at keeping the piles down. I am also scrapbusting. I still want to take some time to go through what scraps I have and take a bunch to an H&M for recycling. That will mean figuring out what is useful and tossing what isn’t. I have a plan in my head of making a scrap quilt. We’ll see what happens there. I have a couple of bags planned, too. I just need to get hardware and the right interfacing and zippers.

I feel good about what I’ve done so far this year. I have some projects from this year that are either secret sewing projects or pattern testing. They will come eventually.

I also made a little quilt for a friend’s baby’s 1st birthday.

I’d love to make myself one like it for the couch or I will just make a few for Christmas/birthday gifts.

Except for what is planned above, I don’t really need many more clothes except to replace things as they wear out. I will need some leggings in the fall for sure. I am pretty sure my 107 things made from last year number will not be reached. I’m at 34 this year so far but don’t have many plans. I’d be surprised if I reached close to 107 this year.

What are you planning to sew?