Camisole top


Pattern: Burda 8699 (I think this may be out of print - I bought the pattern at a sale and can't find it on burda's website. I will scan the pattern envelope and add the picture.)

Pattern Description: Twinset: close fitting camisole in two lengths, with short- or long-sleeved front-buttoning cardigan. The camisole is bound with self-fabric binding.

Pattern Sizing: Sizes 8-18 (European 34-44). I made the camisole in size 16, based on my high bust measurement. (Which was 97 last week (PMS), but is now down to 92! So the next top will be a size smaller at the bust.)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except I didn't use stripey fabric.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked that it fit me without any adjustments! I have a large bust (105 cm/41") and would normally need an FBA, but this pattern fit me as is, without being too tight across the bust. The cut is also very flattering, and not too low or too high.

Fabric Used: Very soft stretch viscose (rayon)-lycra knit.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I made the top 1" longer. I also added rings and sliders to the shoulder straps to make them adjustable. In my next one, I will slightly shape the back where the straps attach to make it more bra-friendly, although the as-is pattern covers the bra band.



My only criticism is the two underarm seams recommended for the binding - they are bulky. I would cut the binding from one long piece, or otherwise give it just a centre back join. Fold over elastic or picot elastic or narrow stretch lace would also work for finishing the edges.

I used temporary spray adhesive to hold the hem in place and edged it with masking tape before sewing with a double needle with woolly nylon in the bobbin, using a walking foot. It worked very well, with no buckling or stretching. (Next time, I'll use matching thread!)





Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and Yes. I want to make one in every colour I like.

Conclusion: This is a very quick pattern (the first one took my an afternoon from start to finish) and uses very little fabric (0.6 m/3/4 yard). It fits very well and is flattering even to a large bust. I highly recommend this pattern.

This is a copy of my review on patternreview.com. If you want to comment, you can read the original review here.

2 comments:

  1. Liana said

    Tina
    if the pattern is out of print/discontinued would a person be able to redraw the pattern or will that be going against copywright?


    Tina said

    Liana, I think you will still be able to find it in shops here. It is just not on the burda website. I bought the pattern at Ragland, but I'm sure you'll get it at any shop that stocks burda patterns in the Durban/Hillcrest area.


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