I've made another little top using Burda 7834. It is such a quick and easy little pattern, I can see myself using it a few more times, in spite of the fact I will have to re-grade it each time I use it, as Cassie cut it out to a smaller size than I use... well, it is her pattern so I suppose that is OK...!
This top is using up some scraps; the silver-grey portion is the last leftovers from this skirt, and the contrasting stripe detail was juuuust squeezed out from the the remaining fabric from this shirt. Oooh, I just feel so undeservedly virtuous and pat-myself-on-the-back-ish when I use up some leftovers...! like I've been a really good greenie and I'm doing just a tiny weensie little bit to Do My Bit in the planetary scheme of things. As well as satiating my inner scrooge, by getting a free top from otherwise rubbish-y little scraps!
The funny thing about this top along with its apricot mate, that I made the previous weekend, is that although they are entirely different colours, I used exactly the same topstitching thread, and the same colour zip for both tops; pale grey. How's that for weird? Assessing the zips available, this colour was the logical choice in each case... which goes to show... something, I don't know what. Probably nothing. Except that colour matching follows no hard and fast rules and can be a purely subjective exercise.
So, on to the review...
Loose-fitting, short kimono sleeved, V-neck top with a central back zip, and separate pieces for arm bands, neckline band and under-bust band
6-16, European 32-42; I made a size 10
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you had finished sewing it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like/dislike about the pattern?
I like that it is a very quick and easy pattern, and makes up a cute little top.
I was only a little unhappy that (when the instructions are followed) it is not finished to super high standards on the inside. For example, the side seam allowances end up visible on the underarm sleeve edge, whilst I would prefer for them to be encased within the two layers of the sleeve band. Also, the neckline band at the back has to be folded back over the zip tape and doesn't enclose it within the two layers, which would be a preferable and neater finish. However if you don't mind a bit of extra fiddling you can adjust these features to be more well finished off on the inside. If you are just after a quick and easy little top and aren't really worried much about perfect insides, then the method given is just fine.
Just an extra thought; doing up the central back zip might be awkward for some who are no longer super agile.
I've made this up once in crushed silk and once in a synthetic stuff with contrasting cotton mix bands, but I think any crisp light blouse fabrics would be perfect.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Would you sew this again? Would you recommend this to others?
Definitely I will sew this again, and I do recommend it to others.
A nice and simple little top, both in looks and construction. A useful casual wardrobe-builder to have in your collection.
btw, I just have to say something here, my own opinion... occasionally I come across a review in Pattern Review where under "were the instructions easy to follow?" a reviewer writes something like "didn't even look at the instructions, lol!" or something equally breezy and dismissive. In such cases I have to confess I usually read no further as (imo) this is not a review but a seamstress being a bit of a show-off, like the instructions are beneath his/her notice. If you are not going to even read the pattern instructions, let alone assess them, then your "review" is worth nothing. There are going to be some beginner seamstress' out there who will want to know if the instructions have any difficult or unusual techniques, or nasty surprises, etc., before they fork out the money to buy the pattern. I always thought this was the purpose of Pattern Review, but I get the feeling a few see it as a forum to showcase their creations, nothing wrong with that per se, but we have BurdaStyle for that purpose. If the instructions are basic and easy to follow, then just say so without the condescending attitude. Just saying...
Top; Burda 7834, silver grey crepe-y stuff with striped cotton mix contrasting bands
Shorts; Burda 7723, white linen
Thongs; Mountain Design