Thursday, February 5, 2015

Burda Style Shell Top


I have been admiring Tessuti's Ruby dress/top since it was released and have seen some lovely versions pop up in my new feed.  This was one of those don't need but really want it obsessions and it was rapidly escalating.  It was about this time I came across Burda Style 04/2013 view 109 and remember admiring the style when it was released.  It is strikingly similar to Tessuti's dress.  Kristy made this lovely version, Meg a more wintery version and this evening version by Kbenco for her daughter.  I decided to have a go with a remnanat in a shorter top version.


I drafted the bodice to a size 38 and the skirt to a size 40, despite having lost a bit of weight, knowing that the effect I was after was quite a loose fit.  I used a remnant of my lovely rayon spot fabric as my trial top.

I had to take the side seams in under the arms and increase the bust dart but that was the only alteration I made.  Oh, I think the dress may have had an invisible zipper under the arms but I left this off as well.  Can you tell how little notice I took of the instructions?



I used a self made bias binding for the neck, back opening, button loop and armholes.



I really love how this turned out and know it will get a ton of use in the heat for both work and casual.


8 comments:

  1. This looks great! I really like this as a top. I need to dig out this issue and try to make a few for me!

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    1. Thank you! It does make a really nice top.

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  2. I love the ruby tops too, and I have the magazines either side of this issue, but not this one! Grrr. Love your top, such a neat button placket!

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  3. What a great idea to shorteN this pattern into a top - I love this pattern but don't often wear the dress because of the silk fabric I used, but a shell top is definetly what I could use. I love your fabric, a great look

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    1. I really like your version! I tend to keep silk items for good as well.

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  4. Lovely! I would never have thought to make a top from that pattern.

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    1. Thank you! I may make a few more, it was so successful.

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