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In Progress: Burda 06-2009-109 Top

2012 January 31
by elizabeth_admin

Warning:  These are “during construction” pictures, NOT finished garment pictures.

I know some people only like to show finished garments on their sites, but when I need help with fit or have questions about a garment, I will post in-progress shots.  This is not one of those occasions, however.  This is an “I’m-really-excited-about-how-this-top-is-turning-out-and-can’t-wait-to-show-you” occasion.

Do you ever have the feeling where you just “know” something based on gut feeling with no experience at all?  You just feel it in your bones that you’re right?

I “knew” this top (Burda 06-2009-109) was gonna be awesome in a knit.  I just KNEW it.


I traced and cut a straight 38.  I made absolutely no alterations.  I measured the fit around the hips to be 37 inches in circumference.  My hips are 39 inches, but I figured that I would just assume 2 inches of negative ease with my knit and hoped it would work. 

It did. 

I love the fit of this top.  I love the silhouette of this top on my figure.  I love that I made it in a drapey soft knit perfect for cuddling up with your boyfriend on the couch.  It’s so comfy and yet oddly sexy at the same time — great combo if I say so myself.  Did I mention that I love it?

Here are some blurry pictures (yes, blurry again – although this time, not my fault) of the top in mid-make.  I still have to add the sleeve cuffs, hem the top and add the neck binding, but honestly, I would wear it just like this, in its unfinished state.




I’ve got to hand it to Burda, even if it is a pain in the ass to trace those patterns first and then remember to add in the seam allowances, their cuts and designs are really sheer genius sometimes.  This pattern is really simple but the look is packs a wallop.   See below for the shape of the back pattern piece.


I’m super excited about this top.  I want to make 20 of them.  Do you think it’s too distinctive to have more than one in my wardrobe?  I could alter the neckline to change it up.  Or make it in a print.  What do you think?

28 Responses leave one →
  1. January 31, 2012

    Wow! It drapes beautifully and is incredibly flattering. It’s just the sort of piece that I’d want multiple of. It’s distinctive but not something that you couldn’t make more of.

  2. January 31, 2012

    I agree with Lizz, the drape is fantastic. When I trace Burda patterns, I usually just cheat by going up one size and using smaller seam allowance (the difference between my size and the amount I went up). It was a faster process after doing all of the tracing.

  3. January 31, 2012

    The top is perfect for all the reasons you said! The soft “drapy-ness” is just right. The color is great, too.

  4. January 31, 2012

    Ooooh, I love it! I say make more – different colors, and different prints. If you find something you like I say make multiple versions – you already did the work of tracing the pattern, why not use it more than once?

    Also – I totally agree that while adding seam allowances is a PITA, Burda drafting is so worth it I hardly care anymore…

  5. January 31, 2012

    Love it!! It will be even more awesome when you add the cuffs. I think you could totally get away with multiples of this. It is such a simple piece, it wouldn’t be obvious that they were all the same, particularly if you went with fabrics in completely different color families, so that they would pair with different bottoms.

  6. January 31, 2012

    Gorgeous. I definitely want one. No…two. Or maybe three!!!
    You get my drift. Make more. It looks amazing on you.

  7. January 31, 2012

    I like during construction pictures also, especially of muslins. I miss taking a lot of in-construction pictures of my projects since I’ve started contributing to sew weekly.

    I actually prefer removing all the seam allowances and then adding them back in upon cutting. I think it makes alterations easier and (unless you make awful cutting mistakes and fabric slips everywhere) it’s more accurate.

  8. January 31, 2012

    This is going to be amazing when it’s done. 🙂 And you could absolutely make more of these, I think with different fabrics you could easily change it enough that people won’t think you are wearing the same shirt every day or anything like that.

  9. Joyce in NC permalink
    January 31, 2012

    Great looking top!! I think you should make more.

  10. January 31, 2012

    Oooh! It’s excellent! Yes, yes, you need one in every color/pattern. Change it up with different necklines if you think. BTW – that’s a great color on you.

    It’s been a bit of a Burda love-fest in my sewing room lately, too. When they win, they win big.

  11. January 31, 2012

    Wow, I think that’s awesome. You are right, it’s perfect for you.
    I think you could do a lot of slight variations no one would think twice about. A print would look totally different. Another solid with a slightly different neckline would again be different. I don’t think people notice the actual pattern of an item as much as we think they do.

  12. January 31, 2012

    if you love it – and I can see why you do! – then go for it! make more! I like your ideas for different colours and designs, looking forward to seeing more xH

  13. January 31, 2012

    Go for it! I’ve made this one myself – about the only thing I’ve managed to trace from Burda Magazine – I’ve made it in silk, linen, cotton and satin – you’ve given me the idea with a knit though. Your colour is perfect, what a great look.

  14. January 31, 2012

    Yes! More! Prints!

  15. January 31, 2012

    Super cute! I think if you love it you should go for it. Make a bunch. I just found my perfect Burda top and made four of them. And I think I might make some more. So quick too, once you’ve figured out out the pattern.

  16. January 31, 2012

    This is the sort of top I’d wear *all the time* Love it!

  17. Mae Wilson permalink
    January 31, 2012

    Ooops! I hadn’t realised there is something ‘wrong’ with making multiples of a garment you love! I’ve just finished three in a row of a very flattering princess sheath dress and I’m getting ready to cut out number 4 (in burnt orange linen). I had a series of disappointing results recently- garments that I would have rejected if I tried them on in a shop. When I made this dress the first time I thought yes yes yes! so I think know how you’re feeling right now. I also have

  18. January 31, 2012

    I’m a big fan of constantly making the same pattern over and over again… There’s less nasty surprises and you’ll always be happy with what comes out.

    I like the idea of playing with the necklines and etc. 🙂

  19. January 31, 2012

    Yes, more than one sounds like a good number for something you love.

  20. January 31, 2012

    I think I have mentioned before that I loved this top in the mag. I love this more on you. I now have to find the right fabric to make one for myself because this is just so great.

    You need to have at least half a dozen of these in your wardrobe. Prints or plain – who cares? You’ll look great in all of them.

  21. January 31, 2012

    Your top is looking so great, going to have to get this issue of Burda.

  22. January 31, 2012

    I can see why you are excited about your top, it does look great. 20 of them might just be overkill, maybe start with say, 5?!

  23. February 1, 2012

    That’s a great top , I would certainly make more.

  24. February 1, 2012

    That is looking good! And of course you can make more than one of them. I’d make it up the same but in another solid colour. Maybe red?

  25. February 1, 2012

    You ROCK that top, girl – and the color is fab!! xos

  26. jan mills gage permalink
    February 2, 2012

    I love this top. I hate Burda magazine pattern tracing. Do you know of another pattern company that has a clone of this top. It looks fantastic. Make 20. It looks fantastic

  27. February 4, 2012

    Yes yes do make more in different colours and with changes to the neckline. That said I do love the low V as it adds to the fab vibe and look of the top, so I reckon that if you do alter the neckline keep it as low if possible as the original or it will look too heavy.

    You could play with sparkly bling on it too, to add the 2D to your 3D!

  28. February 6, 2012

    Such a great shape for you! This is definitely the kind of thing you can make multiples of. I have a tee pattern with a cowl neck (the kind that is a rectangle sewn into the neckline) and I’ve made at least 6 of them.

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