Sunday, June 14, 2015

Burda 6998 or The Creative use of a Pattern

Burda 6998 is one of those pattern  gems one finds occasionally that end up in shreds because of being used many times. I discovered this one last summer and have used it so far for two dresses and two tops. I have a couple more  things planned using this one.

You all know I love stripes and since I'm presently trying to add pieces in the beige, brown family, this light brown stripe cotton lycra piece, bought in Montreal, popped out at me from my shelves.
I've gotten into the habit of sketching my ideas before committing to a garment and in the end ,I came up with this top.

I'm not in love with the French dart combined with the stripes but I otherwise love this well fitting top, thanks to Burda patterns' great fit. The only alteration needed to this one originally was a narrow shoulder adjustment which was  easily achieved. Look here if you are curious. No FBA was necessary on my regular size 12 . No extra was needed at the side seams either.

I drafted my own neck facings for this pattern after the muslin stage. I've added a quick post on Diana's Sewing Lessons on my foolproof way to keep the facings from curling out to the right side and it works wonderfully well. On this top , I sewed the facings to the inside, pressed them to the outside  and with the help of  Wonder Tape  , top stitched them in place. I should add that I interfaced the facings with Fusi knit, my favorite fusible interfacing.

Style details include

Bias striped "yoke in both front and back,

 3/4 sleeves  cut on the bias and vertical stripes cuffs.

And a vertical stripes  band at the hemline.

I also made a pair of natural colour heavy cotton sateen jeans  using a combination of my Sandra Betzina jeans pattern and McCall's skinny jeans both OOP.


I'm hoping the fabric which was quite pricey, will soften with wash and wear because they look very wrinkled as they are now.

And I think one picture is enough of an every day outfit !

Happy Sewing from


Vicki said...

Very cute everyday outfit :)

Enid said...

You and your outfit look really terrific!
I always look forward to your posts to see what you have creatively sewn up...

Summer Flies said...

Oh I love that outfit and I like the way the French dart makes the stripes look and the facing/yoke on the t-shirt.

Jeanette Madden said...

Love your outfit. You did a great job.

La Vonda C said...

I love all of your clothes but this seems just so especially pretty to me. The use of the stripes and the coloring of the top and bottom together just seem so polished and classy.

Sharon said...

Very smart outfit, love the combination of the stripes.

Vernelle Nelson said...

Hi, Diana -

As usual, you knocked the ball out out the park again! This look is perfect for you. Keep up the great work.

Mary said...

I love this whole outfit-you have achieved a RTW look with both pieces!