Monday, January 28, 2013

Emerald Green Wrap Top



Another modal knit top.  I'm on a roll!  And it's oh so on trend with it being emerald green.  This is a great everyday top from Burda.  I haven't bought a printed Burda pattern in a while from a store and didn't realize how inexpensive they are...  I think about the same price as buying it from BurdaStyle's website as a PDF (roughly $5 USD).  This is #7107.  I made a size 40, going down about a size or two since this the material has incredible four-way stretch.  The directions are better then most of Burda's I've been working with.  I followed along with them for the most part just to see how they are written.  If your a beginner, this pattern will be nice to work with.


The wrapping part is super long and unruly at first.  I've never worn a shirt like this before so maybe it's just me.


I left all the edges raw.  I generally use my serger when putting together any knits so the inside is all sealed and clean.  I don't have any of that Vilene stuff Burda loves to use.   It's a mystery to me why it's not widely available in the U.S.  For some of my seam stabilizing I used a product called Seams Great, which also goes by the name of Stay Tape, too (they are simply slightly different widths).  You can really only use it on seams that allow the tape not to touch your skin because it's so scratchy.  Also, it's not a bias tape that would allow me to go around curves with it like Vilene probably would.  I also use a 3/8" wide clear elastic for stabilizing shoulder seams.  And of course I forgot to add it to this top.  Sometimes I will just use a strip of the garment's fabric as a stabilizer.  On the back neckline I used the clear elastic to prevent stretching.   

   
And I'm getting smart with my printed patterns this year.  I actually traced this one out on paper first!  I found an economical paper source... Ikea!  They sell rolls of drawing paper meant for a children's easel.  It's only $5 USD and nearly 100 feet (30m) long.

13 comments:

  1. I've also been frustrated with the fabrics available in the US. I DO know that there are few fabrics that are actually still produced in this country; perhaps that has something to do with the variety? It seems like if you want to sew quilts, there's plenty out there, but fashion fabrics are harder to come by.

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    1. There are some really terrific places online to get fabrics. I much prefer buying in person but now mostly buy online because of the variety. I am just so puzzled why vilene isn't really available here unless you pay a boatload for international shipping fro Europe.

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  2. Look at you go! This is another great top. You can get a bias fusible on a roll. I'll have to go look it up and remember where I got mine. Judy Barlup used to sell it - now, I know it's available. hmmmmm. g

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    1. Let me know! I do have some fusible stuff that may work but I've been too lazy to cut itty bitty tiny narrow strips.

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  3. Well done! I love that color and it looks so good on you!
    P.S: Have you consider to remove CAPTCHA from your blog? It's a bit frustrating when you want to publish a comment you have to type strange words to prove you're not a robot! Thanks

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    1. Thank you! And about the CAPTCHA... I do find it a little annoying myself! I may flip it off. A little while back I was getting some weird spam "adult" website posts on my comments so I started to use captcha and that stopped it immediately. But still I may flip it off and see if I get any weird stuff.

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  4. This top looks wonderful on you--very flattering. Thanks for the tip on the tracing paper--I'll sure snag some when I'm home in US. I just got 10 m at an Aussie sewing store in Singapore. It's just for tracing; somewhat like interfacing--more stable than the really cheap stuff and so easy to see through and use colored pencil on. Anyway, it was only about 1.50 USD a meter :)

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    1. Thank you!

      I've seen that sort of tracing material for the first time recently. I bought a bunch of patterns from the 70s on ebay and inside they had all of the patterns traced on that material! It was fantastic and wondered if it was still being produced.

      The stuff at ikea is just cheap-o white paper. I use a tracing wheel with a serrated edge to trace my patterns. So it works well enough for me.

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  5. IKEA paper roll - you're brilliant! Thanks, I've been sort of at a loss about where to get lots of inexpensive paper!
    Great top too!

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    1. I wanted to start tracing patterns rather then cut them and all I had was really nice, expensive tracing paper that would run out pretty fast. Then I realized there was a roll of paper on my son's easel that he wasn't using. He totally doesn't miss is (I think...!?) :)

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  6. at my blog is there also a top
    its a blog in dutch but the picture is the most interesting ofc ;)

    http://sasibeau.blogspot.be/2014/05/wikkeltop-van-burda-7107.html

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