I forget where I first saw something from Burda 05/2007 but when I looked up the full magazine patterns on the Russian site I knew I had to have the issue. I thought I'd never, ever be able to find it. After looking on Ebay, Etsy, and a random Google search of the web, I halfheartedly posted a want ad on patternreview.com - thinking I would be 90 before I received a response. Imagine my surprise when lovely Fran contacted me after ONE day! Such a beautiful lady for willing to part with her issue and let me buy it from her. She sent it so fast and left her notes on the front - I love reading other people's ideas. I received it yesterday from her (FL to WI). I really wanted to sew up #130 as seen below but I don't have any appropriate material in the yardage it calls for so it will have to wait.
(130 - I will sew this soon!)
Instead, I spotted #109A, a racer-back tank. I know, I know, it is fall and what is this girl thinking making a tank. But I originally wanted a long sleeve Jalie Tee out of this purple stripe; however, I didn't have enough yardage so a tank it is. Plus I have the perfect Burda cardigan for it that I made in September.
(109A - what I sewed)
I traced a size 40 for the top to waist and then sloped out to a 42 from waist to hips.
my measurements: 36 bust - 29 waist - 42 hip. normally I would do a 38 or 40 on top and 44 on bottom but the pattern ended at 42.
I used this thin jersey knit I picked up on the remnant table at Mill End Textiles for $3.95 - 1 yard of 60" wide. It is very thin. I'm not sure I will wear it in public it is so thin and I am afraid of it being see-through. I followed the tracing directions by Burda adding 1.5" to bottom hem and seam allowances of 5/8" all around. I didn't add SA to neckline because I was doing binding but in some weird way I did add it to the armholes??? Brain lapse. I did a square shoulder adjustment on the tank.
The racer-back design emphasizes my shoulders and makes them look a bit broad. It also makes my waist look funny-tiny compared to my shoulders! Oh well - I still like it.
Instead of doing anything the directions stated, I did my own thing. I added ribbing for the neck and arm binding - cut up from an old tee. It is very low-cut; add SA if you sew this up. I will be adding SA next time and maybe an inch more. Even with the hem allowance, this tank is a tad too short for me. I hemmed it very small with 1/2"; I will add 1-1.5 inches more for next time. I'll also go from a 40 at the waist out to a 44 at the hips because it is a bit snug in the hip area for me.
looks RTW - my husband asked if I went shopping (he should know better!)
versatile - can layer with it
fast and easy sew
add neck SA
add another 1/2 to 1" to neck
add 1" - 1.5" to hem
I plan on sewing up a storm from this issue. Can't wait!! Thanks so much Fran, I am eternally grateful!
~ Happy Sewing! ~ Kristin ~