Hello, my friends! I hope you are having a lovely January so far. It has been an interesting month for me, to say the least, but hey I am alive and well, and there is much to be grateful for. I just wanted to share with you my first make of the year. I know you have seen me post on this top on my Instagram, but let me tell you, I have been working on this baby since last year. LOL This is the Burda 6838. I went through some ups and downs with it to tell you the truth. After cutting it out and starting the process of putting it together, I just wasn’t sure how I felt about it, mainly I think it was just the sizing and the leaf print together that bothered me but I will tell you more in the review below.
Pattern: This is a Burda 6838 pattern that I purchased at JoAnns’s. It is a faux wrap top that can be made long or cropped.
Sizing: Geez, this one was a tough one for me, because I wasn’t quite sure how much ease was built in to this. I cut out the size 20, and only because the final measurements read 41 1/2″ in the bust. I am a 43″ in the bust, so I thought that would be perfect although, I still wasn’t sure how much ease was built in. Looking at the size 20 though, I thought it looked a little big, but it is a wrap top, so it was just overall hard to tell. I would cut it out 1-2 sizes smaller next time, maybe even blend sizes.
Fabric: I purchased this fabric from Girl Charlee. It is the vintage leaf print jersey. I though the print was pretty and loved how the fabric felt to the touch.
Skill: I think this is more for an advance beginner.
Instructions: I will be honest and say that I am not that used to Burda Style patterns, and their directions sometimes doesn’t feel so complete to me, and also the illustrations don’t really feel complete to me either. They remind me a little of the Vogue patterns. I am not sure if my patience ran out or not, but I messed up on cutting the slit on the front side of the pattern. I cut the exact line, when the instruction said to cut away from the line. That was my fault for not reading correctly and me thinking I knew it all. I could still save the top, but now I wonder how it would have looked had I just follow the instructions 100%.
Adjustments: The sleeves were the hardest ones I have had to set in. I do not believe it was because of the pattern though. To be honest, I think it had something to do with my fabric. It is possible that the pattern shifted when I was cutting, but I can tell that the sleeves just didn’t seem right. So, I did something most people wouldn’t do… I pleated the shoulder. It actually was a nice finishing touch, but I just couldn’t deal with setting in the sleeve any longer.
Final Results: Overall, I do like my top, I just plan to make it a size or two smaller next time, and I would love to try it in a solid color, or a pretty print that is appropriate for work.
Would I make it again?: Yes! I would, despite the issues I had with this particular one, because it is actually a top that everyone should have a staple piece in their closet. Next time I want to use a bonding tape for the back hem. I think it would be a prettier finish overall. Plus, the adhesive allows for stretch in stretchy fabric. I don’t want to see stitching next time for sure.
Styling: I am wearing work pants with this top because this is how I pictured wearing it. In a solid color, I would wear with skinny jeans or a black skirt.