Burda WOF 02-2008-123

Burda tees
This is just a duplicate of my review at PR.

Pattern Description:
It’s a tee with a banded waist and a tiny cowl. Here.

Pattern Sizing:
38-46 – I made a 42

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes – absolutely. Except I am not stick shaped like the burda girls.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
I think there is a direct relationship between how “good” burda instructions are and how little you need them. I understood them, but I only seem to really “understand” the instructions for things I have already made some other company’s iteration of. Like others, I set in the sleeves first. Also, I just serged around the collar instead of stitching in the ditch.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
This leads to a point of contention with my husband. I like this pattern because it has a lot of ease and it seem like something that is mildly flattering (waist band) and still tummy concealing. DH, who has been watching too much What Not to Wear, says this shirt is a mistake because my waist is smaller than my hips. His claim is that the shirt is baggy where I should be placing emphasis (waist) and fitted where I am wide (top of the hips) and I end up looking like a cylinder that is as wide as my widest part.

Fabric Used:
First draft- celadon cotton with matching ribbing (you could have knocked me over with a feather when I found these perfectly matching fabrics at JoAnn’s. I really don’t care for Jo Ann’s ) and a blended jersey from fabricmart for the real deal.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
After I made the celadon, I took in the shoulders a bit.
I also changed the stripe orientation.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Well, I have to concede my husband’s point. He was absolutely right about this not being the most flattering design. But, I am still wearing both of these shirts. The thicker cotton does make me look heavier. I think the finer fabric of the second shirt wears well and they are really comfy. Plus the neckline looks great. I also recommend using a ribbing for the cuffs, cowl and waistband. I thought it looked really professional. Plus, it goes together in no time at all.

The best thing about this pattern is that it exacerbated my husband. He says I have good taste when I dress myself and others, and I have sewing skills, but those two things seem to not be coming together. He was referring to my last shirt (not reviewed yet, but baggy) and my next jacket. I explained that I don’t have a dress form, so it’s hard for me to fit things to myself.
BOOM – he’s all like “What about that duct tape thing that you were talking about. Do you want to make one this weekend?” Seriously, my husband rocks. This is not his thing at all and this weekend we are going to tape me up!

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