Burda wrap tank clone – but nothing for me. Again.

There has been lots going on here – just no sewing for me. The garden is in overdrive at the moment, and my clients are all making sure I don’t get into/cause any trouble. It is nice to know that I am valued as a dressmaker but just occasionally it would be nice to actually get to the bottom of the ‘to-do for clients’ pile. Or even my own ‘to-do’ pile.

I have great plans to sew, and I am still checking out my Burda magazines that arrive monthly. There are even things in there that I would love to make. For me. For example, I really liked the pattern for a slightly odd but fabulous looking waistcoat/vest, Model 132  in the  May 2014 issue of Burda. It went on the wish list – where it is still lurking. Just incase you hadn’t seen it here is a picture.


 When I went to stay with my wonderful daughter I managed to bring away a pile of Stylist magazines (which I am still reading late at night) and came across this….

Love it - can't wear it!

Love it – can’t wear it!

….made by Carven at £220. I love it but I could never expose my stomach in this way (too much of it!). However, if you were a young, toned thing I would imagine that it would look great. And very similar don’t you think? It should be very easy to adapt the Burda pattern to get a great looking similar top for a fraction of the cost.

When I eventually get some time to sew for me I might even get to make it.

I hope all you out there in blogland are having more success sewing for yourself than I am at present. Bye for now 🙂

13 Comments on “Burda wrap tank clone – but nothing for me. Again.”

  1. mrsmole says:

    That front wrap top looks like lots of trouble…where are the darts and seams for shaping over the boobs? Maybe it should come with a warning: Only for flat stomachs and flat chests! Or wear it the other way around? This time of year is sewing flat out for clients…I don’t know how you can find time to get to the bottom of their pile never mind YOUR pile!!! Good Going, Kim!

  2. sewbussted says:

    Hang in there!!! You’ll get to the bottom of the pile eventually 😉

  3. Susie says:

    I agree that the burda top looks dangerous with no darts. It would be a tent on anyone above an A cup. The carven top does have darts, interesting ones. I am with you – I couldn’t show my belly. But what is the DKNY “body” for £120?

    • I hadn’t really looked terribly closely at the details – but yes, the Carven top has got lovely dart placement. (The Burda darts are into the pockets down the front).
      A ‘body’ is a close fitting top that fastens under the crotch to keep it neat. Even models want their tummy’s covered! As almost underwear that does seem a bit steep at £120 – but it is DKNY so a premium must be paid!

  4. I made it!! says:

    In life, does anyone ever get to the bottom of ANY pile? 😀

  5. prttynpnk says:

    that top is one that my size blinders would make me try to disastorous ‘ball up in a corner with a cupcake and cry’ results.

  6. Chris says:

    I never looked twice at the pattern in the magazine, but your assessment made me consider it again! I think what put me off was the combo with the skirt, the little magazine picture looks much better. And I think in the Burda length it would work even for a more – hmmmm – mature tummy ;-). I agree on the cup size issue though. Anyone with boobs to speak of might better stear clear of this look, I imagine.

  7. Carolyn says:

    Oh, I hope you get to the bottom of your to-do list soon, and get to make something for yourself! You deserve something just for you! I actually love the look of that Burda top, it’s super cute. Fortunately we get the magazines six months behind here because of the seasons, so I will keep a close look out for this issue 🙂

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