You know how it is when you make something and it just feels perfect? Right length, right color, right style, etc? That’s how I feel about my purple-y Burda 6910. I’ve worn it twice and it just works. I didn’t feel ready to tackle another work shirt quite yet, so I decided that since the pattern was still laying out, I’d make another one. Today’s is made from some gray jersey that I’ve had in the stash forever. I don’t remember where, when or even what else I’ve made from this. It only has 1 way stretch and the pattern calls for 2, so I cut per pattern, but sewed with a 3/8 inch seam allowance instead of 5/8. It worked perfectly.
It’s unhemmed still – that’s tomorrow’s task. I was getting tired and knew that if I tried to finish it up, I’d probably mess something up. On this version, I brought the neckline in a little bit. I had never done that on a raglan top, so I just kind of winged it. 🙂 I am impressed with myself that I felt confident enough to do that. I considered using the neckline from Burda 6990, http://new.patternreview.com/Patterns/61845#.UxvehYXy3ps, but when I laid the pattern over top, it just wasn’t making much sense to me. It looked like 6990 was designed to have more ease, and I decided that was just too hard to figure out. So, I went back to 6910, pinned the front, sleeve and back together, then I put wax paper underneath and just increased the line an inch at the center shoulder, curving out to the center front and center back. Then I unpinned and added in seam allowances where needed. What I didn’t consider though is that at the neckline, there would been to be a little dart to allow for the curve of the shoulder. I sewed it all up and tried it on before doing the neckline and I saw the need for the dart then. I just pinched out a little one and sewed it in. It’s not really noticeable when I have the top on.
For the neck binding, I used Jalie’s hidden binding technique. That worked well too. It’s described in Jalie 3024 http://new.patternreview.com/patterns/42250#.Uxvg9YXy3ps. (In my opinion, that pattern is worth buying for the binding instructions alone. There’s instructions for a visible binding too). On the first top, I totally screwed up the binding and stretched out the neck, so on this one I stay stitched as soon as I had the front, back and sleeves together, and then proceeded. The Jalie instructions worked. They call for a strip of binding about 1 inch wide. Since I had changed the neckline, I just cut the binidng longer than I thought I’d need, pinned most of it to the shirt per the instructions, and then pinned where the two sides of the binding met and sewed it into a loop before finishing the pinning and stitching. That’s my cheaters method – but I actually think it works better than sewing it into a loop first in most cases.
First, I zigzagged the seam, then I zigzagged the elastic in right next to the seam, then I ran it through the serger to finish it off. That’s 1/4 inch clear elastic from Needle Nook Fabrics. I love that stuff. 🙂
I’ll finish the hems tomorrow, and then there might be one more of these in my future. I have some navy fabric that I think would work well with this pattern. I’d like to attempt dipping it in some gray dye to mute the color just a bit though.
After all the complaining that I did about 6909, I really like that top. I think if I just raise the armhole a bit, it will be perfect. I might make another version of that next…with a collar though. I still have the pink/purple fabric that I’d like to use. 🙂
Just for fun, here’s a pic of me in my 1st 100% Dressing Your Truth outfit! 🙂 I wore it out to dinner last night with my husband and some friends.
(Yes, those shoes ARE pink:) Aren’t they fun?? I found them at Ross’s the other night and they were only 16 or 17 dollars and they’re super comfortable. Black will gradually (mostly) be banished from my wardrobe…including black shoes!).