Earlier this week I got the February 2014 issue of Burda and spotted a few interesting possibilities among their offerings this month. I had to give top #135 a whirl. This shirt is a milder version of one of the many garments you can find in all of those Japanese draping books-- most of which are sized for petite bodies or aren't ideal for my figure or lifestyle. Here we have a 3/4 length raglan sleeved top with a fun 'bag' or misplaced cowl-like drape on the front.
The drape is a lot of fun. I used a beige rayon knit with about 80% stretch. It drapes nicely and wrinkles beautifully when folded, of course. It's lightweight and will not be worn til spring for sure.
I cut my normal Burda size 42. I always have to grade out to about a 46 at the hip... this pattern is sized to 44 so I had to figure out where to add a bit. I made a little chart below showing how the drape is created... so easy! Also, you can see in #1 where I graded out at the hip along the sides: see the red lines. (Note- I cut my fabric the opposite direction of the pattern so it's just mirrored.)
1/30/14-- UPDATE: Need to add length to the bodice, too?? See a tutorial here on how to lengthen this pattern.
I didn't follow the recommendations to use the elastic tape on the neckline or the technique they describe to finish the neck and sleeve hems. I cut 2 1/4" (5.7cm) wide strips and about 10% shorter in length then the openings, folded them in half and serged them on. It provides a clean, simple finish.
Here are the side views. I like how the back piece wraps around a little bit on my right side. The 3/4 length sleeves are really nice with this fuller look in front, too. And there's a secret to figuring out the difference in the two views... there is NO difference in the pattern for View A or B. Burda simply styles the drape differently for View A as compared to View B-- one view the fold is flowy like how I am wearing it, and the other view is pulling out the drape and laying it like that model in Burda magazine photo I have above.
Overall, a fun little top for spring. So this is hanging in the closet until then. It's only January... ugh.