Burda Magazine 7/2009/133

Here’s garment #2 of my CAbi inspiration.


Arts Tunic – $89

I tried this top on at a party, and I LOVED it, but I didn’t care for the print.  I found some poly chiffon at Joanne that I liked better.  I searched through a lot of patterns in my stash to find something that closely resembled this top, and I think I came pretty close with top #133 from the July 2009 issue of Burda Magazine. It’s actually a plus- sized pattern, but for this top, it worked.  Here’s the picture of the pattern from the magazine:


Here’s what I did to alter it:


There’s nothing to this pattern, it’s just a front and back.  I traced off the smallest size, which I think is size 44.  I came in about 10 1/2 inches from the end of the sleeve and made that my cutting line.  You can see it in the picture above.  Also, I drew a V-neck for the front and made a rounded neck in the back.  The original pattern has that reversed.  I sewed front to back, and added a casing 10 inches up from the bottom hem.  I inserted 1/4 inch elastic, and that’s about it.









I used a narrow rolled hem for all edges and purchased bias tape at the neck edge.  I love how this turned out!



I think the RTW version has somewhat bigger sleeve openings, so for my next version, I’ll add about 5 inches to the sleeve circumference. 

I have a few other pieces in my queue to knock off: 


The Sandy Trench Coat – $128

I’ll use Vogue 8732 and some stretch cotton poplin from my stash. 


I haven’t worked on a Claire Schaeffer pattern in some time, so I’m looking forward to this!

  1. Oh yes, you are a master forger- I love it!

  2. This blouse looks smashing on you. Well sewn too!

  3. Great job! I love the sleeves on that top. Looking forward to seeing your coat, too!

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