Eileen’s Pattern Review:
Burda 04/2012/139A (Plus Sizes) or Burda 01/2013/123A (Regular
Description: MISSES’ TOP: Very loose-fitting top with a cowl
Pattern Sizing: I found this pattern in two Burda Style magazines in two size
combinations: Burda 04/2012/139A (Plus Sizes) or Burda 01/2013/123A (Regular
Sizes). I made the Plus Size 46 and had to adjust the back neckline.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were
done sewing with it? Yes. In Burda magazines you get to see line
drawings and beautifully styled garments.
Were the instructions easy to follow? This is a one dot
pattern which in Burda terms is “quick and easy, great for beginners.” The
instructions were easy to follow and clear. The instruction to iron stay tape to the
shoulder seam edges, back neck edge and armhole edges are most important. However, the Vilene Stay Tape they recommend
is not sold in the United States so I substituted Knit Stay Tape sold by Emma
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the drape of cowl
neckline and I was looking for a jumpstart to my sewing mojo for spring. I wanted a quick, cute top to wear on the
weekends with pants or a maxi skirt.
Fabric Used: Bronze Tie Dye knit from Sew Much Fabric. This project can be made in a day (from
tracing the pattern to finishing the top).
I had this cut out for several months and in cleaning my sewing room I
found the pieces and put it together in two hours.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I have small
shoulders and I found the neckline very wide.
To take in the width I made a box pleat at the center back. There is a small piece of fabric for the
facing strip for the back neck edge (1 5/8 by 10 inches) that I overlooked when
cutting out the other pieces (a front and back) and I threw the scraps
away. I solved the back facing problem
by using a piece of white interlock knit.
(See the beauty of having a fabric collection.) The seams were surged together to finish the
seams which was not in the instructions.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I highly recommend this
pattern if you would like a quick and stylish cowl neck knit top. You can easily lengthen this pattern and make
a dress or tunic to wear with leggings or tights and boots.
Eileen, I love your weekend glam outfit! Thanks for the pattern review!