Saturday, 30 March 2013

Soft, fuzzy, autumn casuals (Burdastyle 12/2012 #120)

The casual range of winter clothes was my motivation to buy this issue of Burdastyle. The colour-blocking and fun designs are just my cup of tea.

I think I'll be making more from this range, but to begin with I went for this light zip-up shirt.

The magazine suggests using a wool fabric called 'fulled loden'. Well, maybe the well-informed fabric shopper can find this in New York, but not in sleepy old Perth I'm afraid, at least not in the shops I tried. I settled on a slightly fuzzy, soft knit fabric in pale grey from Homecraft Textiles (only $5/m in the sale). I don't know what it is as there were no labels on the rolls, but it is lovely to wear and easy to sew.

Seen here with my Burdastyle 11/2012 #124 skirt and bling shoes from Vangoh.

The pattern goes together very easily. The front and back pieces are cut on the fold. The zip is sewn on to the wrong side of the centre front and excess fabric snipped away from the right side to reveal the zip. Obviously a non-fraying fabric is optimal for this method, but with fiddling would not be essential. The cut edges around the zip are then covered with binding (I used bias binding). The hem and cuffs are left with raw edges, although the cuffs have binding sewn alongside (not folded over) the raw edge. I trimmed away the excess fabric from the cuff edges for a neater finish.

I cut a size 40 according to my measurements and added a couple of centimetres to the length and sleeves, which ended up being a good idea (I'm 5'9"). The top was far too roomy though and I ended up taking in the sides and sleeves quite a bit.

I really like this top. It will be perfect for cooler, autumn days and the colour will go with lots of things. The pretty, satin binding is a subtle, but attractive feature. More could be made of this with contrasting, sparkly or patterned binding for a different look.


katherine h said...

I think your fabric choice looks way more comfortable than the one in the magazine. Looks most snuggly.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't know where to find wool loden either. I like your knit version though. It does look snugglier than the magazine version.

Unknown said...

Looks perfect. You've done a top job! said...

That's one of the frustrations of living downunder sometimes - not being able to find all the gorgeous fabrics listed on pattern magazines and patterns. Your adaptation is brilliant though.

fabric epiphanies said...

I am a Kiwi and I don't know what wool loden is!

I really like your new top. You have made a lovely job of it. I must look out for this issue..

Marianna said...

Very nicely done and suits you too.

Megan O said...

Thank you, I think it probably is more comfortable and snuggly is always a winner in my book!

Megan O said...

I'm so pleased I'm not the only one who's never heard of this fabric - thank you :)

Megan O said...

Thank you so much for the comment :)

Megan O said...

Thank you :) Luckily there are many things to compensate us for living in this fabric-poor country! I may have to make the leap into internet fabric shopping at some stage.

Megan O said...

Well I'm very pleased to hear that - it must be very obscure then! Thank you for the comment. I think the November issue was better, but some nice things in this one too :)

Megan O said...

Yay, I'm so pleased - thank you :)

Anonymous said...

It`s a very nice shirt! I am thinking of sewing it myself quite a long time now. Here in Germany you get plenty of this "loden" and I still have it in two different colours in my stash. But I consider to rather use a sweatshirt-fabric as well. I like the word "snugglier", it already sounds so ....comfortable. Loden is a bit scratchy, and you need something with long sleeves under it.

Greetings, Steph

Megan O said...

Thank you for your enlightening comment! Now I know which ebay to try if I do want to buy loden. That is interesting that it's scratchy. I'm glad I didn't use it for this top as I would probably only wear a close-fitting tank top or cami underneath. Good luck making yours :)

Lucy Legget said...

These ones really caught my eye too. I was wondering about making them from old blankets. Yours looks great, especially the trim. I made a fleece last year in the same colours - cream with light blue trim. I like it lots, although the colour isn't totally practical for the more outdoorsy stuff I wear it for.

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