review I just put up on Patternreview. Fairly un-Edwardian, but other than that, quite nice.
Pattern Description: High side slits and wide bands on the bateau neckline give this simple t-shirt a trendy appeal. (Burda calls it a t-shirt in 2 of the 3 descriptions, but the third version, pictured here, is done in satin and there's no mention of t-shirt. Heck, the model even forgot to put on the rest of her clothes).
Pattern Sizing: Burda sizes 36-44; I made a 38.
Were the instructions easy to follow? It's a very simple top, and I disregarded the instructions because I was afraid Burda would confuse me and make the whole project a lot more complicated.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? When I first saw the magazine, this was one of the patterns that didn't get me, but when I looked at the line drawings, it jumped out and said that it wanted to be made. In this particular fabric. I'm not a big tunic top wearer, but you have to listen to the fabric, right?
Fabric Used: Black, gray and white flamestitch knit from Metro Textiles, approximately 2008 or 2009. Accents of black poly satin recycled from a thrift store purchased slip.
The pattern went together easily enough. I'm not sure how Burda wanted me to apply the bands, but I wanted a clean edge so I sewed them right side to wrong side, then flipped them and topstitched them very narrowly along the inner edges. I didn't want visble stitching along the edges, especially using the satin. And satin it apparently had to be -I was originally going to use a remnant of black knit, but after I cut it out I couldn't do it. The picture in my head said the contrast fabric had to have a shine.
If I do this again (and I'm not sure I will; while the top looks nice and I got a number of compliments on it, I'm not sure it's me) I'll bring the neckline in a bit. As drafted it goes nearly to the shoulder and would show bra straps. From the wide neckline, the shoulder yoke is dropped over the upper arm. Beyond that, it's actually pretty flattering for a tunic - or maybe I should just re-evaluate how I think I look in them. I always think I look wider in something that doesn't have a defined waist, but since I don't really have a defined waist, maybe I'm wrong.
Conclusion: It never hurts to sew outside your style comfort zone, just to see if you like it after all. And in the case of this top, if I change my mind, I have 2 co-workers who offered to take it off my hands.