This is my second Burda 7866, which appears to be out of print now. This one is made from a magenta wool jersey - one of the fabrics that both Andrea and I bought at Fabrications in Michigan.
This top is just slightly different front to back. I've found when putting on my leopard one that it takes me a bit of time to figure out which is the front.
The neckline on the front is a teensy bit lower.
|BTW - this is closer to the true color|
I was tired of having to spread the top out on the bed to figure out which was the front, so this time I added a little tiny tag at the back - made of some of my leftover selvedge from the binding of the quilt!
I like having a little bit of hidden leopard :-)
For such a simple design, for me this is surprisingly tedious to make, because I use all three of my machines. The neck facing is sewn to the neck opening using the sewing machine; the seams are done on the serger and the hems on the coverstitch machine. It's a lot of getting out and setting up, then putting away.
I like this one, but I don't like it as much as my leopard print one. The fabric is less drapey, and since it's wool it's a tiny bit scratchy against my bare skin. Also, I find that I have to ruche it around my tummy just so, in order not to draw attention to the little bulges there - both from my body and from the jeans button.
Still, the solid color makes it a great backdrop for some nice accessories. I decided to dig out a couple of my old hand-made pieces that I thought went nicely with this top. First is this drusy necklace:
Years ago when I was working in the studio, a friend purchased a bunch of drusy cabochons. She offered to give me one in exchange for setting one in a bezel for her, so I chose this one and made this necklace for myself. I also created the "chain" from sheet metal, giving a rough finish to the links, and formed the clasp.
I love this necklace, but don't have a whole lot of things to wear it with, so my new top fills that hole. I layered it with another simple necklace I made - a super long chain interspersed with highly polished silver bars (again, cut from sheet) that I can wear doubled or tripled. Here I wore it tripled.
And you may have noticed that I wore the top with my Jamie Jeans - I am loving these, and plan to make at least a couple more. AND this top takes care of another piece of fabric from my stash!