26 December 2016

Finished: Burda 7942

I need to sew more Burda.  Why it's taken me so long to come to this conclusion I don't know.  This pattern fit nearly perfectly out of the envelope with NO adjustments. o_O

What wonderful sorcery is this?  Okay, so it's not sorcery.  But still.  Folks have always raved about the superior drafting of Burda patterns:  crotch curve, cup sizes, sleeve cap ease, etc.  Save for the sleeve length, this pattern is close to perfection. 

About the expression on my face.  The center front is destined to be wrinkly for two reasons:  (1) the side front gathers and (2) the center front is weirdly curved.  It is just impossible to sew the buttons on without puckers and believe me, I tried.  Five times.  Five.


Maybe I needed more buttons or something.  There aren't many reviews of this pattern and of the ones that do exist, they show a similar wonkiness with the center front - though mine seems to be next level wonky.  Meh.  It doesn't look this bad when I'm wearing it. 

I cut a size 44 and made a 1/2" FBA on the side front panel.  I didn't add the extra length to the center front since that piece is gathered.  I figured I could just not gather as much so that the seam lengths match.  I didn't do a swayback adjustment, though I should have.

(shown with New Look 6274)

The instructions were fine with no Burda surprises. Even the continuous lap turned out okay - despite my struggles with sewing it.

 (right: shown with New Look 6274)

My only regret was not cutting the cuff on the cross grain so that the stripes run horizontally rather than vertically.   They look okay as is, but most of the stripes don't match and I think it would just look better the other way.


Sewing this pattern motivated me to try more Burda woven shirts.  In fact, for mypre-Burda-a-month-2017 sewing challenge, I cut out and started to sew 6-2007-129.

I cut a straight 46 thinking that this would be big enough so that I wouldn't need the 1/2" FBA.  Wrong.  46 is most definitely not my Burda size; the shirt is huge and unsightly.  I'll share my thoughts on this nightmare in a future post.  Suffice it to say, there is a lot of unstitching going on and I may even scrap it.  It looks really good too.  Le sigh.

More on this later...

Up next:  I want to do a 2016 sewing-in-review post, though I need to get pictures of the things I sewed.  

Is anyone else OVER 2016?  I mean, really, this year can fuck right the hell off.  Come on 2017, let's do this!



  1. Hi L! Glad to hear the Burda fits your right off the envelope! I've been reading comments that Burda petite works amazing for petite people and am so interested in using my Burda magazines a try! I might try the burda-a-month-2017 challenge myself.

    I am wondering if you can try size 42 instead of 44, or maybe narrow the shoulder width? slightly? What if you used the 42 for shoulder and armholes and used 44 elsewhere? Would that work?

    1. I'm glad 2016 is over (Almost!) I've worked hard on some health issues this year and am so ready to move on to next level of better health.

    2. Come on and join the challenge! The rules are to make your own rules. =)

      The smallest size in the second pattern is 44. I retraced the pattern and made a muslin. It's still big, but not as much as before. I may take everything a part and re-cut the shirt using the smaller pieces - that is if I intend to save it =/

  2. Yay for well fitting shirt patterns! It looks great and I hope you can work out the other one.

    2016 can suck it. :-/

    1. I'm totes 'meh' on the second one. I retraced the pattern and converted the armhole princess to shoulder princess seams. I'm not going to make a muslin (kinda over them at the moment) and will just go for it.

      Yeah, 2016 has turned out to be a real bastard. Some good, lots of bad.

  3. Nice shirt!! I have heard about Burda's magical patterns!
    I am excited about your year in review!

    1. Yeah, I don't know why I haven't hopped fully on the Burda train. =)

      I hope to post the YIR soon!

  4. I bought several wovens years ago to make more Burda shirts. They always fit me so very well.

    1. I know they do! I've read many of your reviews and loved how the patterns fit you. I was slow to get on board with Burda; I'm there now. =)

  5. Wow, there's nothing better than a great fitting shirt right out of the pattern envelope! This fabric is beautiful too! I am a knit girl but I really need to have more woven shirts in my life too! Never tried a Burda woven...now you've peaked my interest!

  6. Hi Lynn! This is a great pattern. I love how it has a back center seam and the stripes show off the interesting draping. Hope 2017 brings you happiness. It has definitely been difficult.

  7. I am glad you are so happy with this pattern - I simply must give those Burda patterns a try one of these days.

  8. Yes, 2016 was a rotten year. And Burda patterns are always fantastic - nice styles, nice fit. And many are quite your sort of style as well. Great shirt, and I don't think anyone will notice the button thing - and we move and things wrinkle in any case, so it will not matter. Happy New Year, still look back with fond memories on your visit a few years back. Here's to 2017. Cheers :)


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