Quick and easy they said
So after my last wadder and an unsuccessful experiment (I’ll tell you about this one later), I decided to do something for me that was quick and easy. Everyone one who commented on my tweed travesty suggested that I cleanse my palate with a quick and easy project. I thought, “Elizabeth, why don’t you make that Burda turtleneck everyone has been raving about on the interwebs!”
I traced it out on Sunday night and would have sewn it too, but for two obstacles.
- It took me forever to trace it out because I couldn’t see the pattern lines on the new Burda pattern sheet. I even put on my big girl panties and my reading glasses and still could barely make out my three pattern pieces, much less their markings/notches. Sheesh! You guys weren’t lying. I don’t know if I want to put myself through that again. What if I want to make a more complicated project with lots of markings? I would for sure miss most of them. It’s darn near impossible to see all of them. I have been considering giving up my subscription since I don’t make up a lot of Burda patterns (oh, let’s face it, I’m so slow, I don’t make up a lot of patterns. Period.), but now I”m definitely not re-upping. Burda has entered crazy town. But I digress…
- The new show Walking Dead was on and I was too distracted by zombies to sew that night. Word.
However, last night was a new night and I did several things that ensured this top would end up a wadder.
- I just picked a random vanity size, sz 38. Because that’s what Karen made, so that’s what I made. Must. remind. myself. that. I. am. a. Burda. sz. 40. Repeat.
- I did not wear my reading glasses and therefore did not realize I was sewing the shirt with the wrong side facing out.
- I forgot to stabilize the shoulders.
- I tapered the sleeves at the wrist like Eugenia, forgetting that my wrists aren’t fairy-like. It seemed like a good idea at the time.
- I forgot that I don’t like turtlenecks. To be fair to myself, I didn’t actually forget as much as ignore. Karen had mentioned that this top wasn’t a true turtleneck since the neck is cut on and not separate. I thought that meant I would like it better than a turtleneck. But combine a quasi-turtleneck neck with too tight of a fit and it’s the perfect storm for Elizabeth to hate it. I hate having my neck covered and don’t like any fabric to rest on my clavicles ever. Which is why all my t-shirts have misshapen necklines now, because I tug and pull at them to get them off my neckline and clavicles.
The good news though, is now my sister has a brand new brown bamboo knit turtleneck! I’m sure she’ll like it because she has none of the neck issues I have and she’s a lot thinner than I am. And hopefully she won’t read this post and find out the fabric’s inside out. 😉
I’m not going to bother with a review since my viewpoint is all personal about the pattern rather than objective. In general, it’s a good pattern. It’s drafted as well as it can be with a cut on collar (i.e., it’s not going to look fantastic because that causes wrinkling at the neck no matter how perfect the fit for you). Just know that the sleeves are incredibly long while also being extremely slim fitting. If I were to make this again, I would widen the sleeves in the bicep area and shorten the sleeves by 2 inches. Oh what the heck, I guess I will review it on PatternReview anyway later tonight.
What’s next on the plate? Well, I am expecting a shipment from Fabric.com today with, hopefully, better and softer fabric for my surprise. Sorry to keep you in the dark still; I am not ready to talk about it yet. And by the time I can, it will probably be a major let down for you all (it not being a book deal and all). 😉
We’ll see…. Here’s to wadder-free sewing for you all!