Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Jumping on the Bandwagon

… but bringing my own drummer. Or something like that.

Pattern 116 from the 01/2008 issue of Burda WOF is turning into a popular top over at Pattern Review. And since I do love crossovers, I figured what the heck, I'll join in too. But this time I decided to pull out the TNT Ottobre patterns *before* making the leap of faith.

Here's the Burda line drawing:

And the Ottobre 02/2007 line drawing:

Quite similar, no? Yes.

The main differences between the two are (1) Burda has a built-in camisole panel and Ottobre uses a full tank front panel; and (2) Burda's crossover morphs into wide wraparound ties while the Ottobre top extends the binding into the wraparound ties. This looked like a very easy morph to me.

Below is the crossover pattern piece. My Ottobre tracing is in black; the Burda tracing is in red. (Click the photos for larger versions.) These were surprisingly close. I say "surprisingly" because I'm still remembering how wonky that shirred top armhole from the Plus issue is/was. I used the WOF pattern as the base and then morphed my shoulder angle, armhole curve, and sideseam width from the Ottobre pattern. I also added 1.5" to the length because I think the girls are going to need it. I gradually decreased the added length as I moved across the pattern piece, so that the tie sections remain the same width as the original pattern.

Next was the cami section. I made another tracing of the Ottobre plain front tee and then laid that over the Burda cami pattern, aligning the armholes and center fronts. You can see the original lines of the Burda pattern in red. I'll cut off the upper bodice section of the Ottobre pattern to make this piece mimic the Burda pattern.

This is the bottom of the cami piece. I'm keeping the length per the Ottobre pattern (black).

For the back and sleeves, I'm going to use the straight Ottobre pattern pieces. No morphing necessary. Especially since I see those high Burda sleevecaps for a knit again. Ick.

I'm going to go back up to the sewing and change over the threads on the machines and then I'm hoping to cut this out after dinner.


  1. oooo! I can't wait to see how this turns out. :)

  2. The Burda WOF wrap really is getting popular. It's also on my list to do this month. I like to do things after you show me how. I really don't mind being a follower if it means I can avoid making wadders. ;D

  3. I can't wait to see how this goes. I'm always inspired after reading about what you're doing. I've been considering the Ottobre version but I do like that Burda one. Hmmm, I might have to shamelessly copy. :-)

  4. Re: BWOF plus project (which I am very curious about)

    Since I'm no longer a paying FofPR, I can't PM you unless you PM me first. Or, you can email me @ Elaray2003@gmail.com

  5. This is bloody genius. Why didn't I think of this?? I've been gazing at that BWOF top and wishing I had the energy to add my FBA etc etc etc. Whoopee!! I'm morphin too!! (Except, you know, not til after my wardrobe stuff is started. Or finished. Whatever.)


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