I’m so excited to announce that I’m officially a Burda Style influencer! This is a really fun time in the world of Sweet Shard and I can’t wait to take you guys along for the ride! For my first project, I thought I’d take a shot at this v-neck button up pattern from Burda Style.
I choose this pattern because it gave me real 90s vibes…the oversized boxy-yet-slouchy look…yes! Give me more! I loved the loose fit and cropped hem, which I thought would go great with high waisted skinnies or shorts and get a lot of wear out of ( afterall, when you spend time crafting your garments, you better be wearing them!
Pattern: V-Neck Button Up 03/2016
I’m fairly new to with Burda Style patterns so it’s a bit of an adjustment to understand their construction. At first glance, this seemed like an overwhelming make. However, once I took the time to really read through the instructions and study the pattern pieces, everything fell into place.
Burda Style patterns don’t come with seam allowances, which seemed scary at first, but it worked out well for me because I decided not to add seam allowances, which absolutely worked out in my favour. Outside of that, I made no other alterations.
One of my favourite details on this pattern is the cuff. There are no buttons and it hangs loosely around the wrist, giving it a carefree vibe. I’m also a big fan of the neckline and collar because it screams ‘retro’ to me!
When it comes to patterns that I’m a little uncertain of or maybe it’s my first time sewing it up, I typically turn to my mom’s fabric stash. She’s got lots of older pieces around that she isn’t using and I prefer to use up what she has rather than buy new fabric for it…or use my good stuff (ha!)
That’s where this material comes into play. It’s a burnt orange-bronzy-copper-brown-ish crepe I found at the bottom of her drawer. I’m pretty sure she had no intention of ever using it, so (in my mind I did her a favour and) took it off her hands 😀
If I’m honest, I really had no idea how this would look against my skin tone. Sometimes I get a little nervous to try out new colours because the last thing I want is to spend all that time and in the end, look at it and think, “shoot, I should have used a different material. All that work for nothing”. The bright side though, is being able look it all as if they were pieces to a puzzle and putting your imagination to the test.
In my opinion, this blouse has so much character! What makes this piece look and feel vintage is the colour, which is very reminiscent of the deep browns that were so on trend in the 90s. Then there’s the v-neck and oversized look of the shirt, which kicks it up a notch.
I’m excited to make this again, now that I know how to construct this together! Maybe in an off-white? I’m not too sure yet, but I think I’ll also widen the button holes and add more of a statement button. Can’t wait!
Photos: Tasmia Rahman / Sanjay Dayal
This shirt really suits you! Colour and all. I’m glad to see Burda naming influencers as I really love their patterns and feel they don’t get that much air time in the online sewing community. Looking forward to seeing what you make next!
Thanks Siobhan! It’s true that they don’t get as much notice, it seems! I think people are a little scared of the pattern/instructions as they are a bit more complex than McCalls or Simplicity, even the more simple ones…but they have great stuff for sure!
Hey, was the crepe you used polyester/rayon crepe? Do you know what type of crepe?
I just bought the pattern and aside from being insanely confused by the instructions (lol), the instructions state that the pattern doesn’t come with a “sleeve band 2x”. I’m assuming that’s the cuff??? I’m very confused as to how to make it now. I was already confused on most of the instructions to begin with.
I totally get you! I was confused myself at first, then I realized I have to draft the rectangle/square pieces myself! I found that if you have an idea of how to make a button shirt already, this make is a bit easier because you’ve got the know-how. I also spent quite some time studying the instructions beforehand!
I’m with you, I like those cuffs. Gives it a slouchy feel to it, which I love. I’ll be putting this on my list of patterns. Thank you
good to hear!! can’t wait to see yours 😀