Another Burda January pattern

by | Feb 7, 2021 | blog, burda pattern, stretch fabric, top | 3 comments

Top number 116 of the January issue of Burda was one that I liked to try too when the magazine arrived.  Apparently I’m attracted to necklines with a tie at the moment. 

I bought this fabric last year and was not too fond of it when it arrived. The downside of not being able to see and feel the fabric before buying. As I was not too sure of the style of the pattern I considered not a lot was lost if this turned out to be a wadder. Which makes for a problem in itself, because I’m less inclined to quickly finish an item if I don’t like the fabric much. So this has been on my dressform in its current state for a week now. The sleeves (that I made to long sleeves) and side seams still have to be sewn, as well as the little strip that must keep the ties together.


Those of you who’ve been reading my (previous) blog will know that I’m often doing things my own way and don’t care too much about instructions. This top is no exception. Burda’s instructions for inserting the tie are correct, but I don’t like the way they do it. Hand sewing it in the last step? Not really necessary when using a serger.

My take on it in the photos here. Perfectly fine if you prefer Burda’s method (or any other for that matter).

I’ve put the tie right sides together, marked the notches with water soluble marker and serged all the seams, stopping and going outward with the stitches at the notch where the tie must be attached to the neckline.


Here you see the tie turned. The seam is making a gradual curve.  


I’ve serged the tie to the neckline. The curved part you see in the photo above is at the center front opening.


Which looks like this on the outside after pressing. The serged seam is not visible, as you can see in the first photo of this post too. 

Easy and quick, which I like in an otherwise uncomplicated garment and fabric like this. 

I should finish it soon and not make it a UFO.


Extreme weather in The Netherlands at the moment. A couple of days ago I was close to the IJssel river which has very high water levels at the moment.  The bushes are normally on dry land. 

Yesterday we had a lot of snow. Not a very common sight any more with global warming. It’s been quite a few years ago that I had a walk in the snow. Lovely!! 




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  1. Dorothé

    Ik volg ook vaak een andere volgorde dan de instructies bij het patroon. Jouw aanpak ziet er mooi uit.

    • Sigrid

      Dank je wel!

  2. Sharon

    Thank you for this tip, as sometime the Burda patterns just make things a lot harder and I don’t mind a top with a tie at the neckline either.



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