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