9/28/14

Burda 6851

For Spring 2014 it was all about the ladylike casual look with baseball t-shirts.  I was initially on the fence, thinking where would I wear it, if not to work.  Well as summer pushed Spring to the background and with Fall now  in full effect, my mind drifted to weekend wear, hanging with my family and impending  meet-ups with Sewing Divas.

Also I'd recently purchased several Ellen Tracey Slim-Leg Zip Pants for pennies ($12.99) at Lots for Less, a new to me spot for inexpensive garments.  I definitely wanted a few tops to go with them and dingdongthechurchbell rang... a baseball t-shirt came to mind.

In come Burda 6851, described as a form fitting dress and shirt with contrast color blocks.

Since this top has center front/back panels, side panels, I decided my best bet was to sew this straight out of the envelope.  I cut a size 14, and knew to deepen the neckline and cut a size 6, leaving the shoulders and everything else at a 14.



First and foremost, I wasn't interested in the contrasting panel for the lower front sleeve and taped the top front sleeve to the bottom.  With that, the panels went together effortlessly, I used a lightweight  multi-grey sweater knit and a lightweight dark grey cotton knit which has only crosswise stretch .



Followed the pattern instructions and serged the side panels to center front and repeated for the back, top stitched down the seam allowance, then basted the front to the back at the side seams. The pattern calls for a center back zipper totally omitted that. Thereafter, assembled the sleeves which are two pieces and followed Colleens (Fashion Sewing Blog tv) video on raglan sleeves.  Her videos are awesome and informative and made constructing my top easy and painless.

Once the sleeves were constructed and basted to the top, I tried it on and there was too much ease in the body of the garment and removed 1" give or take from it, giving a closer fit.  The neckline was fine tuned and add back neckline darts, stay stitched, folded to the inside twice & final stitched.  I also went back and removed some excess from the bicep region of the sleeve, which has a pronounced curve at the bicep area.  Initially when I tried it on I immediately thought of robocop...mmm not a good look on a busty gal.


Once the minor tweaking was done, I hemmed the sleeves and bottom and thought I was done. mmm nerp.  Oddly, I didn't like where the hemline ended if I were wearing it with fitted pants.  It was fine with slacks, but knew the whole idea was to wear it with fitted ankle pants.  Found a tutorial via Make It - Love It on how to do a banded bottom and used Beaute' J'adore on how to make a knit cuff.

Love the look so much better........



The banded bottom gives it the true baseball t-shirt look I wanted.


If one is looking for a ladlylike casual  baseball t-shirt... check out Burda 6851.

Can't get Burda 6851 pattern, there are other patterns to choose from:


Also check out other Sewistas that have made baseball t-shirts and/or sweatshirt Ts.


 Until then,

Have a Great Week.

16 comments:

Linda said...

I like what you did with this pattern. Thanks for all the references to how tos and see who made what.

The fabric combination works great!

Sheila said...

Thank you Linda.

Charade said...

You nailed it - the original pattern was just too busy/fussy for my tastes, looking as if it was trying to hard to use up small pieces of fabric. I so like what you've done. Thanks for all the links!

Sheila said...

Thank you Charade.

Judith said...

Looks great with your design changes, they certainly work a treat! Now off to check out the great links ... J

Candice said...

Sheila, I am over here saying,yasssss,girl yassss lol! I love this entire look,you lool great!

Sheila said...

Thank you Judith.

Sheila said...

Thank you Candice.

RatRace said...

Great job on whipping up this beautiful top.
I do not think it looks robocop-ish at all.
Thanks for sharing some new to me blogs.

Sheila said...

Thank you RatRace. Lol.. I can be a tad overkill with describing my garments, but eradicated the robocop look when I removed the excess fabric from the sleeves. Enjoy the links.

Clever Blonde -Donna G said...

It looks great. You are sewing is very very good.

Terri Berry said...

Love this Sheila! I am ALL in to sweater knits right now! This grey is what's happening. You look great!

Sheila said...

Thank you Donna.

Sheila said...

Thank you Terri.

Irene said...

What a great t-shirt!

Sheila said...

Thank you Irene.