Gee, I wish that Burda Style numbered and/or named things a little differently. It’s hard to keep track! This top is pattern #101 from the 10/2016 issue of Burda Style – you can find the pattern online here.
Burda describe this top as follows: What is better than a knotted blouse? A knotted T-shirt! The ties on this shirt with its slightly shortened sleeves are cut on and faced and can be tied tighter or looser, depending on your mood.
As with many of the Burda Style patterns, there is actually a dress pattern associated with this top pattern – so I suggest that you do what I did and buy the dress pattern! Then you have the option of sewing either – they use the same pattern pieces (except a couple of extra ones for the dress).
I used elastic in the lower back hemline, as per the instructions, but that really is more applicable for the dress version. I always find that I have to think a little more when sewing a Burda Style pattern – firstly to remember to add seam allowances, and secondly to work out just what the instructions are telling me!
The ties are faced, then knotted. There is a teensy bit of origami involved in constructing the front of the top, but if you just slow down and take your time you shouldn’t have any issues. Size wise, I think I sewed the 40 – it’s a fairly oversized style though, so take that into account. I think that the line drawing is an accurate reflection of the pattern, moreso than the impression you get when looking at it on the tall slim broad shouldered model.
The sublime viscose knit is from The Cloth Shop. It’s such a beautiful fabric to work with – medium weight, lovely drape, and surprisingly easy to handle. Burda suggest 100% cotton jersey knit for this top, but I feel that something with a little more drape is a better choice. And I adore the colour!
Burda Style are always worth a look. Just remember that you’ll be taping those pdf patterns (or tracing them if you get the magazine), don’t forget to add seam allowances, and you may wish to have a couple of sewing reference books handy.