How did I decide to try a decidedly 80s style top? Well, I read that dolman sleeves were great for highlighting your waistline. Mine has been getting thicker, but still there. So I thought this would be a nice style departure and let me explore a different look. At the time of writing this post, this Burda 6192 pattern hasn’t been released in the US yet with the Burda Style Fall/ Winter 2020 collection. So I purchased it as a PDF and downloaded from the German site.
The patterns themselves have English on them (as well as Russian, French and German). The instructions though, those were all in German. And, I have confirmed that unlike the US pattern envelope patterns, there are no seam allowances added to these.
Ok. Sizing. This is meant for a woven, so I went down one size. I honestly could probably done two. I also found I needed to take in the hip band by 4″ total so it sat on my hip, rather than slide down like a dress.
Alterations: None of my usual. This is so loose and a knit, what is there to alter? But, once I wore the first time, I could see the drape wasn’t as deep as I would like and the neck was so wide — my bra straps showed.
I have to say the design of this top is really unique and made more interesting with stripes. There are three pattern pieces. Center, side bodice and hip band. The side bodice piece incorporates the back and sleeves, so it’s a bit of origami to construct. I’d wanted a dolman top with a sleeve seam, specifically to play with stripes.
So on my second version, I added 3″ total to the neckline at center front, tapering to nothing at the hip. I closed up the neck by 1″ on each side and also took it in at center back by 2″ total. Below, you can see that the drape is deeper than designed and I don’t have to worry about my bra straps showing.
Is this a garment that highlights what I consider to be my better parts? Nope. Is it comfortable and a good work from home/ casual fall top? Yes.
I also sewed this Burdastyle Plus 06-2010-139 top pattern over the summer. The puff sleeve and ruched knit top is adorable. I am never sure with Burda is their knit block is just off and oversized (maybe they use a woven block?) or because we have no idea what percentage knit that the pattern is drafted. I found the neckline too deep by 2″ (hence the cami) and I had to take in the sides about 4″ to avoid sad droopy gathers at the front. 10/10 will be making it again next summer.
Next… knit pants that aren’t leggings (because leggings aren’t pants).