A woman wearing a grey top and silver skirt sits in a chair

Speedy sewing: Burda 106b 06/2011

A woman wearing a grey top Burda 106b 06/2011 stands in front of a window

My last project took six weeks, and isn’t blogged yet; I’m sick of the sight of it. This little top took about three hours, which was a very refreshing change. It’s Burda 106b 06/2011. Four pattern pieces: front, back, and facings, and uses less than a metre of fabric. There is also a dress version, 107 06/2011, which uses lengthened versions of the same pattern pieces.

A woman wearing a grey top Burda 106b 06/2011 stands with her back to the viewer

The fabric is tencel twill from Merchant and Mills, left over from a dress I made last year. It’s very drapey and cool to wear. I didn’t think the facings would stay put in the twill, so I added some random lightweight stretch iron-on interfacing I had lying around to them. The pattern doesn’t call for any interfacing.

The shape is mostly boxy but there are small bust darts, which I should have lowered a little. The armscye is almost a straight line. I’ve lengthened the pattern by my usual 5cm to allow for my long back, and I’m very happy with where the hem has ended up.

A woman wearinf a grey top Burda 106b 06/2011 stands side on

There are slits at the hem. I mitered the corners instead of just turning the hem up as it gives a much nicer finish.

A close up view of Burda 106b 06/2011 hem showing topstitching and side slits

I’m hoping this will be a real wardrobe workhorse as it’s so simple and neutral. I’m wearing it with my silver Vogue 1247 skirt here. Many thanks to my husband both for the photos and the quarantine haircut. Feels very good to have it off my neck.

A woman wearing a grey top Burda 106b 06/2011 and silver skirt Vogue 1247 sits in a chair

10 thoughts on “Speedy sewing: Burda 106b 06/2011

  1. Lovely top with a beautiful finish on the hem! You look great. It’s surprising how good a haircut feels, isn’t it?

  2. Quick and easy projects that use up remnants are so refreshing. I made the dress version years ago – it gets lots of wear as a house dress only – messed up the pockets badly. I got a haircut yesterday- oh yes it feels so good to get it off my neck!.

  3. Live the hem! Perfect length. My hair is past shoulder length again and in a loose ponytail. It will stay that way for awhile, I fear, as I live in (north) Florida. (And avoiding people.)

  4. Lovely top, simple, casual, will suit a variety of occasions (although there aren’t too many of those at the moment). The slits look beautifully finished.

    I can’t wait for a haircut too, but I will wait for a professional as I’m not sure I trust either of the men in the house with that. Although my other half did valiantly volunteer to dye my hair blue at one point (something I could get away with, when I didn’t need to go to the office).

  5. Love the top! I’ve also been looking at a lot of my older Burdas for inspiration lately and I think there are some real great options in there that still feel really fresh and modern. I think this looks great with your skirt, and the tencel looks so comfortable!

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