Glamorous? Check! Versatile? Check!
I love my new Burda Style drape knit top!
I started my subscription to Burda before I possessed the sewing know-how needed to successfully make the majority of the magazine’s patterns. My abilities finally match the patterns and I’ve been trying to sew at least one pattern a month from the magazine. I’m a bit behind on my monthly makes, but whatever. I’m not sweating an artificial deadline!
This pattern is from the August 2017 issue (#104/105) and can be purchased as an individual pattern PDF here.
Appearing previously here on the website with my Dolores Skirt, this is the second time this top is on the blog.
Burda’s yearly subscription is pretty costly. Through Amazon, I subscribe to the English (UK) edition and it costs $90/year here in the U.S. This includes 12 months worth of magazines and each magazine contains over 40 sewing patterns. If I am successful in making one pattern from each magazine, the cost per pattern is only $7.50!
I used a drapey grayish blue knit from my stash. I think I ordered it from Fabric.com, but I don’t remember the details…
I always sew up a size 38 in Burda magazine patterns. This matches my measurements really well and I rarely have to make major fit adjustments.
Burda instructions are notoriously difficult and vague. Luckily, I am a knit sewing pro (I LOVE sewing with knits!), so I mostly ignored the directions.
First, I sewed the sleeves to the front and back. Then, I sewed the arm and side seams in a continuous seam. Finally, I attached the collar to the neckline and topstitched the seam down . The directions suggest you sew the front of the collar to the top, right sides together. They then tell you to sew the inside of the collar by hand, enclosing all seams inside the collar. This is crazy. Hand sew a knit? I think not. My method worked fine and looks the way I intended.
This top is loose and drapey, but I felt that it was too loose as drafted. I reduced the arm and side seams by 5/8 inch.
The sleeves were crazy long. I chopped 4 inches off the ends of the arms and hemmed them by 1/2 inch.
Concluding Thoughts on the Drape Knit Top
My favorite part of this top is the versatility of the drape at the neck. I can spread it across my shoulders, drop it off of just one shoulder, or wear it waterfalling down the front of the top like a classic cowl neck. Because I can change up the neckline, I can wear this top dressed up or down. I’ve already worn it once with the jeans and boots pictured here for a Junior League meeting. I imagine I will wear it a lot this fall and winter.