Saturday, April 19, 2008
Burda 7797 - View B Top with View A Trim
This is Burda 7797, in the shorter View B tunic length, with View A's bias trim on the neckline and sleeves. I added 2 1/2 inches to the front and back pieces and almost 3 inches to the sleeves -- it's hard to tell on the model if they are supposed to fall to the wrist or are 3/4 style. Again the fabric shrunk and if you want to add the extra length and do the bias trim to View B, get an extra yard. Fortunately Jo-Ann's still had some on the bolt.
You can get a head start on the bias ruffling by sewing with the bias curling up-evidently the bias can indicate the wrong and right side on a fabric that looks the same on both sides. (I didn't realize that until after sewing the strips on one of the sleeves and they didn't look like the others. Rip, rip, rip...do-over!)
What else did we like about 7797? The shaping. Burda did not take the easy Big 4 way out and just make a rectangle tunic. They added curves -- side seams, hems, and there's a center back seam, also curved. Also, consider using a striped fabric. The pattern photo shows solid gauzy-linen, but the stripe worked and was flattering.