Thursday, February 25, 2016

Burda Style Oversized French Terry Cardigan.

I feel like I talked so much about this cardigan in my previous post, that I really just needed to show it to you.
So I got it together and did a quick photo shoot today.


It's my first version of the Burda Style Open Shawl Collar Jacket 11/2015 #103A made with French Terry only. That definitely gives it a cardigan feel and look but can of course be used outside for a spring day too.



I didn't add a closure to this one and honestly I mostly wear it without the belt (and yes, I wear it all the time!) but I think it looks best with the belt, so that's what I choose to do for this photo shoot. But I did take a few photos without the belt too.


Here you can see it without the belt. Not too bad, ha.


Here is another look at that fascinating and fun pieced front bodice/shoulder seam.

 

Again I really just prefer the sleeves rolled up. It might be because I think it balance the oversized bodice or something...I'm not sure why?!


I sewed this as a cardigan and used my cover stitch a lot. I also skipped the interfacing in the facing/collar because I wanted a softer look.
If you look really carefully you might be able to see that I cover stitched the front facing to the front bodice. I like closed up facings in knit garments.


You really get quite a good ides about how the pattern is drafted with this stripy version. Here you can see how the back and sleeves are one big piece - with a CB seam though.
It uses a ton of fabric. Close to 3 yards but with fairly big leftover pieces of course.





Okay, I think I have covered everything I wanted to say about this pattern now, ha.
HERE is a link to the previous post in case you missed it.

And I realized that I lied when I said I made it two times. I have actually made it three times. My sister is getting one too for her birthday this Sunday. I had a hard time giving that one away. It's made in even softer fabric so it's really slouchy and just soooo lovely to wear.

Thank you!

17 comments:

  1. I love the bird fabric in your skirt! Did you make that too?

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    1. Thanks Lesley. No I didn't make that. It's from H&M :-)

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  2. I love love love that kind of collar and the overall slouchy look! No belt looks great! And now a question: for those of us without a coverstitch, is it ok to reduce width on the facings to avoid topstitching? And then just do a couple of invisible stitches to get it in place.

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    1. Thank you SO much. I really love it too and have worn it SO much already. I had to go back in my IG and check...it's 2 months ago that I made it haha. It's either been on or in the wash since. SO your question: I would not be scared to used my normal sewing machine on French Terry (unless it's the super stretchy kind). Maybe add a thin strip of interfacing along the outer edge of the facing (where you are going to stitch through it) that will help stabilize it while you stitch. You can't reduce the width of the facing much because it is the top layer of the collar/lapels too. I hope I make sense?!

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    2. Ah yes, obviously it makes perfect sense! I´ve got something like this from a japanese pattern to try in french terry! Thank you!

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  3. All I can say is wow!! This cardigan is gorgeous. Love the elegant style and cut. The fabric works perfect for this. Cheers, Michele

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  4. I love love love this cardigan! And the stripes -- I love the stripes so much (especially since I am officially afraid to work with stripes). I like how it looks without the belt, but I think I prefer the belted version. That said, I would probably wear it without the belt most of the time, too. Just putting it out there. You know, if you get bored of it one day and decide you want to give it a new home. I'll be here, trying to grow taller....

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  5. This version is awesome too! It looks different from the other, I love that! That sleeve thing is quite fun and really works nicely with the stripes. You look great, as a;ways!

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  6. Love the cardigan! Looks so good on you! So chic! You look beautiful.

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  7. I love this version too! So stylish and comfortable :) All I can think is that I don't need to make my kimono in an adult version because this pattern is just so good!! Seriously!

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  8. This is all kinds of wonderful. I loved your coatigan version, but I might just have to steal this one!

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  9. Beautiful, so comfy and casual. And looks best with the belt :)

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  10. Both versions are beautiful! And I think that without the belt is works great on you! :-)

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  11. I want one of these coatigan things now. They look so comfy!

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  12. Has always I want to copy you right away. Love this version too, it's exactly the type of thing I love to wear. And that back/sleeve pattern piece is really super cool, love to see it in stripes. Super inspiring <3

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  13. I love the slouchy look! I would wear it all the time too... Perfect!

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  14. I've been meaning to comment on this forever. First, this is so cute on you! Secondly, I agree with your assessment of Burda patterns. I think their grading is fantastic. While their patterns are not for beginners, several of their construction techniques are really quite slick.

    I have had two people email me asking me to write a tutorial or explain to them via email how to put together a Burda outfit since they bought the pattern after seeing one of my versions. I empathized with how difficult these patterns can be for a beginner but I had never endorsed the patterns for beginners. Still, I personally love them.

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