January 30, 2013 by Janna Roznos
The Burda Challenge – January.
Over at Pattern Review there is a thread in the message board about participating in the Burda Challenge. It is simple enough: make one garment from each issue of Burda Style magazine for an entire year.
I thought – why not?
How hard can this be?
I love Burda magazine. I love their style. I love their patterns even though their directions are almost completely incomprehensible. So what?
I’ve never been one to follow directions in the first place, so it’s a perfect fit!
So I begin my Burda Challenge journey with January 2013:
My first muslin from the January issue is this one:
I am less than thrilled.
But it looked so cute in the magazine:
Yes, well it is also on a young model, too, not some middle aged woman like me. Hello!
But, I persevered and made this top:
It is supposed to have a little Peter Pan style collar but I hated it so instead I sewed the selvedge into the neck edge:
I also cut the sleeves on the crosswise grain (rather than on the straight of grain) so that I could use the selvedge for the sleeve hem:
The directions called for an invisible zipper, which I did install:
Since I modified the neck (no collar) I really didn’t need the back zip, but I had already installed it by the time I got to the collar – the complete opposite of what the directions said!
Needless to say, I should have sewn an exposed zipper in the back since that is the trend right now in RTW, but I sort of dislike that look unless of course it’s is a really stylish zipper and the only zippers I have in my stash are the basic, boring utilitarian type.
I fussed quite a bit with this invisible zipper – now I know why RTW uses the exposed zipper – it must be easier to install.
I sewed a straight 42 with just some minor tweaking at the seam lines (and of course the lack of the collar).
I used a twin needle for the hem:
The fabric came from JoAnn’s – a rayon/polyester blend so it is soft and launders well. Always a plus of me.
I think it will be a nice top with jeans and maybe black pants, too – if I owned any. My pants sewing is a whole other sewing drama I haven’t blogged about yet.
All in all I am pleased with my success with this top since initially I was going to just call it quits right after the muslin and try something else in this edition of Burda, but what would I try – nothing else really intrigued me and what I have found over the years is if it doesn’t grab me in the beginning than I probably won’t sew it up at all.
Now, February is a whole other story . . .