Continuing with the stash-busting theme, the next left-over material I set my mind to was this lovely tweed, from one of my much loved BHL Charlotte skirts, see here.
Leafing through my pattern collection I came across Burda Style 7175, which is a vintage-style ‘dress and accessories’ pattern. And yes, I’m loving the hat and stole too, but maybe next time 😉 Unlike the vast majority of the others in this range, this was labelled as ‘easy’ and required ‘lightweight wools or tweeds’, perfect!
I’d heard that Burda patterns aren’t always that detailed, but maybe that’s the ones in their magazine, as this really was pretty straightforward. The bodice was made out of four pieces, rather than the usual two. I was tempted to use a contrasting fabric for the side panels, but erred on the safe side by sticking to just one. It came together really smoothly and my invisible zip went in no problem, a relief after the last one!
I did use a contrast material for my facings though (navy boucle from my original Charlotte), as I thought the tweed might prove a little scratchy around the neckline. This worked well. I did vaguely consider constructing a lining (not included in the pattern), but it’s more boxy than close-fitting, so I think it should be ok without.
The sleeves were a little fiddly, but no doubt because I decided to ignore the instructions to sew them by hand, preferring to do them on the machine. It was a bit narrow, but it worked out fine.
The only part of the instructions I couldn’t quite make out was how to finish the slits on the front. In the end I just improvised, and I think they look just fine 🙂 I even used up my two remaining buttons from my Megan dress, so this top was entirely constructed from left-overs. The cover illustration above uses much bigger ones, but maybe this would result in a slightly too vintage-y look? Then again, mine do look a little lost in these photos…
I’ve never really had a top pattern that I’ve loved before, unlike the many skirt patterns I’ve fallen for: the Ginger, the Delphine and the Charlotte. But now I have one! I really love the fit of this and the styling details. I’m already thinking of what other fabric I have that might be appropriate to run another one up in. It looks great with jeans and is really comfy, but I’m also looking forward to trying it with the matching Charlotte skirt (still in Winter storage) for work. Because of the slits it will definitely require a high-waisted bottom half to protect my middle section from exposure, really not a great look after two children!
I really do love this! Do you have a favourite top pattern?
Thanks for reading,
24 thoughts on “My New Favourite top”
Lovely, it really suits you. Golly, your wardrobe must be bursting at the seams!
This is a gorgeous little top and it suits you so well! I think the buttons look fine too. I’m currently on a bit of a mission to find smart top patterns that would work well with jeans or fitted trousers. Just added this one to my list, thanks! x
Thank you and my pleasure. I’ve taken plenty of hints and tips from your site before now. Currently debating whether I’m brave enough to attempt the ultimate trousers you recently wrote about…
The whole outfit is lovely! Maybe next time you can be a bit more adventurous with contrasting fabrics! I’m sure you’ll make another!
I don’t have any favourite patterns yet… need to branch out!
Thanks Beth. I’m really pleased with it, and might have to mix up the fabrics next time, as I’ve banned myself from buying anything new for a while. On the plus side, it is forcing me to consider options I wouldn’t normally…
The panels in the top are perfect for putting in those slits! And the buttons were a nice accent too! Looks good on you! Are you still having sunny days? Or just the odd one here and there?
Thank you! I’m really pleased with it and wore it to work today, proving it’s pretty versatile too 🙂 Weather really up and down at the moment here. We had torrents of rain and it was blowing a gale first thing, but then the sun came out this afternoon. Layers all the way…
Yes we are in a period of sunshine here right now, but there is always one day of rain headed our way!
Oh I love this! I’ve seen the pattern and thought it would look good . I thought it was quite like the outfits in the shops in the summer which had top and skirt matching. I think you need a skirt too, definitely! Have you enough fabric left!??
Thanks, I thought just the same! I already have a BHL Charlotte skirt in the same fabric and even wore them together today. I preferred it with jeans though to be honest 🙂
That shirt is fantastic! It looks great on you. I love the front slit details. And hooray for using all leftovers to make it!
Thank you! I’m slowly making a dint in my supplies… 🙂
Very neat top, perfect piece for an autumn wardrobe! It looks comfortable and yet features lovely details with the front slits and buttons. I love the fabric too!
Thank you! Think it will become a firm favourite 🙂
Great top, I have just made a very similar top from a vintage pattern.
Thank you! It looks surprisingly modern made up.
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This top is divine!! Another must have pattern! You’ve done another really professional job and I really like the tweed too. 🙂
Thank you! I was so pleased with this make: it turned out much better than I’d imagined 🙂
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