Monday, October 20, 2014

Burda 6990: Cool Weather Raglan Top


Line Drawing



I've made Burda 6990 two times in the past, you can see them here.  One is a running top and the other a sweater.  This is View A.  I used this beefier then average navy and red striped cotton jersey I picked up on my Fabric Mart trip a few weeks back, from the Julie's Picks Club.  The red is a really nice ponte I got from Mood Fabrics, it's leftover from a really terrific dress I made for a friend and never blogged about.




I made my standard Burda size of 42 and graded out to a 46 hip.  I've found that the seam on the raglan shoulder, front and back, have this really weird bulge to them and had to take that in... I did that for my past versions as well.  I also took in the sleeve width about a 1/2" (1.25 cm) because they were baggy.  With that, it ends up all being no too tight or too loose.  A center back seam would have taken care of the fabric pooling in back, but since I'm working with stripes it would have been weird looking.  I opted for the mild pooling of material. Whatevz.


I want to make more of these basic tops! The pattern is a blank slate for sure.  I added a binding on the neckline and wide cuffs to the improvised 3/4 length sleeve. I would made long sleeves but my scrap of red ponte was too short.  I did NOT lengthen this top as I usually do for Burda.  I am 5'8" (1.73 m) and found this to be a nicer long length shirt right from the envelope.


I was in the mood for some zig zag top stitching so I decided to forgo the twin needle.  I kinda like the detail of it.  Here's a grumpy face.  I can't take myself that seriously when I'm in my backyard getting photos taken of me, I'm sure half my neighbors think I'm a weirdo.


It's a perfect top for fall. I often don't get quick reaction from my husband on things I make but I walked downstairs in this shirt this morning and he commented on how he liked it.  I get man points for this one.  I'm not sure what man points are.


Oh, my garden is now a cat's litter box and a random container of various other crap.  But I do have decorative corn stalks, as sad as they look.  I've been working on a winter coat.  I've had one failed muslin and have another one in the works.  Plus I got a really interesting long term sewing proposition last week.  More to come on that...

11 comments:

  1. Oooh, excited to see the coat! I definitely need to work on making some tops for the fall, thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. A great everyday top! I like raglan sleeves but I feel like I need to do some adjusting - they run tight in the shoulders on me. I laughed at your comment about the neighbors -- I feel the same way, and I also hate it if my kids' friends show up while I'm trying to have a 'photo shoot':)

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  3. Love the top, great choice of fabric. I have this pattern and your top makes me want one now. Thats for the info about the adjustments. No winter coat here, I'm in Australia heading into summer so its swimwear all the way. Katherine PS Thanks for the post about dyeing bra fabric. I just dyed some elastic and lace and it worked really well. I didn't realise it was so easy.

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  4. I think your top is very nice. This pattern is on my list of ones to make. It looks like it fits you superbly!

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  5. Your top is really cute. I love how you paired the red and the striped fabric.

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  6. I freaking love a raglan shirt, and this is a great one. I'm not sure if we have some kind of mind-meld thing going, but I've just used that exact pattern too! I hacked it in to a wrap top and I zigzagged the binding down! What should we make next? hahah!

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  7. I like your new top too. I think your get street cred for this top.

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  8. I love this top. It looks like it could be worn with a skirt or dressy pants and has inspired me to revisit striped tops again. Also, I found your blog through the Fabric Mart blog.

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  9. I love the top. It looks like it could be worn with a skirt and dressier pants, and has inspired me to revisit striped tops again. Also, I found your blog through the Fabric Mart blog.

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  10. This looks like a great pattern for a knit top! I'm still learning how to work with knits. And, I love seeing options for garments to sew.

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