Argentum

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Burda top 105 02/2016

The fourth, and most definitely not the last version of this top, Burda 105 from February 2016.  This is the result of a nice big stash bust!  In moving fabric from the original stash position in my bedroom cupboard, to it’s new home in the guest room cupboard (until it has a “permanent” home in the sewing room), I came across this gorgeous metallic silver embroidered linen.  I bought it in 2009 to make a corset.  Needless to say the corset has never seen the light of day, but I did have a decent amount of the fabric left-over to be useful.

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Combined with a small piece of cream linen from the scrapbox, which thankfully matched the embroidery, this top was born!  I think I might be able to make these in my sleep now.  I wish I could, at any rate!  Sewing in your sleep while still a. producing something wearable, and b. getting much needed rest would be a super power I could deal with.  The metallic linen is sturdier than the cream, because of the metallic finish and the embroidery.  This gives the top a more boxy shape than any of the other versions, which I quite like. I love wearing it with my Birkin Flares.

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I’ve had many comments on the top, it’s not often you see a lovely fabric like this.  I am concerned that the metallic finish might wash off (given the rotation it’s currently enjoying in my wardrobe, this is a major worry!), so I’m washing on a handwash cycle in the machine for now.  It doesn’t like the iron, so needs to be pressed on the reverse.

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I had to cut the back without a fold and meant to use a centre seam, but in the cutting out, because I hadn’t marked that it still needed seam, I cut along the back edge.  Clever…  However, because the fabric was to be a corset and I still had all the bits left over, I had a pile of cut and pressed self bias binding.  So using a 5mm seam on each back piece, a bias strip now forms the centre back.  It looks like it’s supposed to be there on the outside, so I’m not complaining.  So another successful stashbust for me!

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Author: Anne W

I love fabric, and sewing. And I could do nothing else but sew, all day, every day, if I could!

10 thoughts on “Argentum”

    1. Thanks Vicki, I love digging pretty things out and finally using them! They’re so much more useful as clothes,don’t you think? 🙂

  1. Love the top – as always! reminds me that I have half a one shoved in a drawer that got pushed off the sewing mahchine by some shinier project that I really must dig out and finish. Oh, for sewing-in-your-sleep superpowers!

    1. Thanks Chris! It’s always so easy to get distracted, isn’t it? At the moment I have 4 projects in various stages of completion, and I have to focus to keep them on the table and not add another – a certain jumpsuit, for instance!!

  2. I have this pattern. I might have to trace it off and give it a go! Yours looks so much better than the photo in the magazine.

    1. Thanks! I suppose that’s because it’s much looser on the girl in the magazine. Give it a try though, it’s quick and easy to make!

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