Cold weather has arrived, so crappy indoor pictures will be the norm until May :( boo.
Ok, Burda 05/2007 #130. I fell in love with this top when browsing the magazine. It looked beautiful on the busty model so naturally, I wanted to make it up. It is an easy sew and a cute design. I bought 2 yards of this crazy tropical floral print from fashionablefabricclub. It is labeled ITY Red Multi Jersey Knit, 60" wide and is a poly/lycra jersey. $4.95 a yard. I decided the print was too busy to have all over so I only used it for the front and used a blue from my stash of unknown knit.
close up of knots
This tank has huge ties coming off the top of the pattern so 1.5 to 2 yards is needed for that length. These ties then make the front and back - attaching in the back. I cut and sewed a 40 at the bust and sloping to a 44 at the hips. I didn't make any adjustments. I did however fully line the front because my fabric is pretty light - Burda has you half line just the bust. I also added a modesty panel because this top is very low cut. And I didn't gather the straps in the back but now seeing the pictures, I think it would have been cute to do that. I also added clear elastic to the neck "V" to help stabilize (from the modesty panel down and back up again). The modesty panel is attached to the lining only because it was added at the last minute.
I followed the directions and they were sufficient. I spent some time on the internet looking up pictures of knots but then decided these were just the easiest. The lining peeks out in the front no matter how much understitching and pressing I did. The fabrics were slippery so I used a combination of tissue paper and wonder tape when sewing up. I also used my serger whenever possible.
Conclusion: Love it. Even though I won't be able to wear it much in the winter I still love it. This will be great for the summer heat. However, it is a bit big on me so in the future I'll sew a 38 on top but keep the 44 on the hips. And, even with the modesty panel, when I bend forward everything hangs out. So a smaller bust size and tighter straps would work great.
wearing with a cardi for winter takes the fun knot detail out :-(