Stack o’ Tees: Burda Magazine 4-2011-122

One of the holes I’ve noticed in my closet are ‘dog walking clothes’. I have lots of nice things for work. But, very few things that are casual ‘throw them on’ items. I don’t even own a pair of non-running shorts!

For the Seersucker Social, I went more seersucker than vintage. I knew I wouldn’t have time to make a new outfit. But, I was kind of disappointed in myself. Part of the fun is dressing up! I looked like I was heading to the office.  The skirt is a Burda from June 2009 edition. The top is a new item, from the April 2011 Burda. The fabric is a butte yellow tee shirt knit from PR Weekend in Philly. I did promise myself I would start wearing more yellow!  Once I made up the yellow version, I thought the pattern was good enough to use on some leftover knits.

Red link version from my four year old knit tunic. Fabric originally from Metro textiles in NYC. I would love to do all of these with some contrast binding next time.

Paisley version left over from my four year old maxi dress. Fabric originally from Gorgeous Fabrics and still one of my all-time favorite prints. Yes, the designs are right on my bust point, LOL.

Red/ White / Blue colorway from my HP top from the Carol Collection.

I have a navy blue and black version in mind too. These should go a long way in getting through summer. These shirts were all cut in one evening and I sewed the binding on all in about an hour.

The pattern is definitely better suited for beefier knits. It will help the facings keep the funnel collar shape better.

I omitted the zipper and made a slight FBA. And, no swayback adjustment.

The binding uses this technique from Sarah Veblen posted on the Threads Magazine page. Be patient. Walk away from the computer. The video sometimes takes an eternity to play.

I don’t know that this is ‘stash busting’. But, it’s nice to reach into my drawer and have an easy top to wear. I’ll do this again with another simple pattern with some other shirts soon.

I have really got to work on some shorts or capris now….

Write up on is here.


  1. What a great use of leftover pieces of fabric! All are cute and you probably won’t notice the bust points on the border print because the print is so busy.

  2. Thanks for making this pattern. I have a 1yd-ish piece of checked knit I was looking for an easy-peasy pattern and I think I’ve found it in this top. I also need to check my big remnants to see what’s possible there.

  3. Great T-shirts. I was intrigued by this pattern in Burda, but I dislike the whole back zip business and so I passed it over, but now seeing yours tops I may have to revisit this edition and sew one, too. Also, isn’t dog walking great. I, too, just got a dog and he has truly motivated me to walk more.

  4. Very nice staple T. The line drawing for this makes it look unflattering but it fills out nicely when on an actual person.

  5. I need some throw it on tops. I have made a few throw it on skirts but have no tops to go with them lol. Still a beginner so have not learnted tops yet.

  6. Wow, great tops! I love how different they all look, but they are a lovely shape on you based on the yellow one. I think your seersucker outfit is great! Sorry you weren’t totally happy with it for the event, but I’m sure you’ll get lots of wear out of that cute skirt.

  7. Love all of your tops! This pattern was is from the first Burda magazine I ever owned… and I sort of ignored it at the time. Now I think it is going on my must make list! Yours all look so comfortable and stylish.

  8. Great use for left overs and remnants! I especially like the funnel neck, which makes it a bit more stylish than the average tee shirt.

  9. Great looking funnel neck T’s. I have this issue but didn’t consider making this T. Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. I love that green print, that’s very cute and quite unique in a tee. I’m glad you have some proper attire for walking Linus, I’d hate for him to be embarrassed to be seen in public with his mom!

  11. We always need Ts. I need to “stack and whack” a bunch of them, and have them ready to sew when I have a minute here or there.

  12. This pattern is much nicer than I thought it was! I like your versions much more than the presentation in the magazine.

  13. That is a great top pattern. The style really looks nice on you and it takes such a little bit of fabric. I was tickled to see the one made of the paisley fabric. I really liked that fabric too.

  14. I love everything about your blog! I know how to sew, not well, but you are providing some inspiration for me to get back into it. What kind of sewing machine do you use the most, especially with knits? I am struggling with an inherited Pfaff, and I am thinking of buying a new one. Any suggestions?

  15. You made good use of those leftover fabrics! I made the maxi shown with that top and still have plans to make the shirt, especially after seeing your versions.

  16. Really cute! I tend to forget to make casual clothes, too– stuff that I don’t mind running errands or washing dishes in. These are really sweet, but perfect for day-to-day activities! Great job!

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