I’ve taken the plunge and have downloaded the drape neck top pattern 04/2012 #139. It’s for novices and easy to sew apparently. Unfortunately, I’m already in despair as I haven’t a clue what the pattern instructions mean nor even exactly what notions I need – do I need bias tap for the back neck or am I making a facing strip to do the job???

In particular I am clueless on the following;
Pin back shoulder edges to front shoulder edges, right sides facing. Lay self-facing of front on back and pin side facing ends to shoulder edges. Stitch shoulder seams. Turn facing to front. Do not press fold edge. Press shoulder seam allowances forward.

I am amazed that a pattern for novices gives no explanation of the terms and techniques and is so vague on what should be used. I can’t find answers on the website and am ready to give up before I’ve even started!!!

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    May 1, 2013, 12.22 AMby KnightMarian

    Try Youtube..also I have found the craftsy sight very helpful, of course you have to buy the videos but they are well worth it. Diana Rupp is a wonderful teacher, she explains things so that you won’t feel stupid. DON"T GIVE UP!!!

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    May 1, 2013, 08.45 AMby sewingfan1

    Plus just take each instruction one at a time. Sometimes it looks overwhelming and doesn’t make sense when you’re reading the whole lot in one go. ie instruction 1 (Pin back shoulder edges to front shoulder edges, right sides facing.) get your fabric piece that’s for the back and match the bit that will sit on your shoulder to the bit that sits on your shoulder of the fabric piece for the front of the top. Match it so that the patterned side/sides of the fabric which will be visible on the outside on the finished garment pieces are together (“right sides facing”) and pin along the seamline.

    On the pattern pieces or instructions it will state which bit of the pattern pieces are self facings (or may just call them facings) basically it means it will be folded in on itself to form the cowl neckline rather than you cutting out separate pieces and attaching them separately. It’s difficult to explain without actually seeing the pattern pieces, but as KnightMarian says, youtube has some great tutorials – you could look up “cowl necklines” or “self facing” tutorials.

    It’s a really good idea to borrow a beginners’ sewing book from a library (or buy one to keep as reference) just to help you get started as there are so many sewing terms and techniques out there i guess there wouldn’t be room to go into detail in the instructions part for each pattern.

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      May 2, 2013, 12.56 AMby KnightMarian

      You give great advice! Thank you! This is a great adventure!!

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    May 1, 2013, 08.29 PMby basilbrush18

    Thanks to you both for your time. I’m hoping it makes more sense once I have my fabric cut. I’ll keep you posted on how I get on. I’ve also got a bought Vogue pattern for a similar drape neck top and am amazed at how much more detail there is on the pictures and instructions there than there is on these download patterns. This is a great shame as the Burda patterns do more fashionable styles in larger sizes. Any suggestions on other Burda patterns for beginners?

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      May 2, 2013, 12.54 AMby KnightMarian

      I bought a Burda pattern, cut it out, cut the fabric and it is sitting on the table waiting for me to figure the thing out. So don’t feel bad! I read that others had the same problem with that pattern. Another person commented that these patterns do not have the best instructions. So you may be onto something. Try the big four patterns too they have ones that say Easy From what I have been told Vogue patterns are harder than the other three, McCalls, Butterick and the other one whose name escapes me right now. Good luck and please do keep us posted! I have only been sewing since November so I am no expert by any means. I think Sewingfan1 has great advice from the way he/she (sorry! Not sure!!) explained how to pin. I will be reading what that individual has to say very attentively!

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    May 3, 2013, 06.00 AMby arisaid

    Kwik Sew patterns are also good for those just starting out. Their instructions are excellent. As already said the big thing is to take it step by step and don’t try to rush. Make sure that your material is suitable for the garment you are making and follow the grainlines always. Cut carefully and use the appropriate needle and thread. Also please remember that the hem is important. So many garments are spoil by a messy hem. Keep sewing, it gives so much frustration but even more satisfaction.

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    May 13, 2013, 11.22 PMby Snooie

    I too am a pattern virgin although i make a cracking roman blind, quilt set & curtains lol. Iv bought Burda 2691 Pajamas (that are ment to be EASY). Iv cut out the pattern and washed and dried material (sick of shop bought PJ’s shrinking) , will iron tomorrow and start cutting. I seriously want to start msaking my own clothes but like Basilbrush18 im CONFUSED !!! ha. If anyone has made this pattern sucsesfully please let me know then at least I know its POSSIBLE lol. Good Luck Basilbrush18 xx

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    May 14, 2013, 05.57 AMby rita61

    I have made this top. Do you still need assistance? Please let me know, and I’ll review my pattern pieces with the instructions. I remember it being a little confusing at first, but it finished nicely. (but I’m experienced at reading patterns). Please remember Burda’s instructions are usually translated, and sometimes some directions are lost in the translations. The instructions also assume you know the sewing terms; so not the easiest for someone starting out. To answer some of your questions, you cut a piece of material to make the back strip; if you read my write up, you’ll see I used bias binding instead. Also, all you need is knit material and thread. As this top is cut on two folds, I suggest you review the pattern layout; if you have fabric with a nap, you will need 1.70m

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    May 18, 2013, 06.04 PMby andrewlogan09

    Nice post…..

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    May 19, 2013, 06.10 PMby mlssfshn

    The best reference book I know of, my professor taught from in college, is Reader’s Digest complete guide to sewing from the 1970 and revised through the 80s. You can usually find it on Amazon for less than $5.

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    Jun 2, 2013, 06.44 AMby andrewlogan09

    Kwik Sew designs are also outstanding for those just starting out. Their recommendations are outstanding. As already said the big factor is to take it particular and do not try to rush. Make sure that your material is appropriate for the outfits you are developing and follow the grainlines always. Cut efficiently and use the appropriate weblink and wide range. Also please keep in concepts that the hem is important. So many outfits are damage by a disturbing hem. Keep sewing, it gives so much frustration but even more satisfaction.

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    Jun 16, 2013, 05.59 AMby andrewlogan09

    I purchased a Burda design, cut it out, cut the material and it is seated on the desk awaiting me to determine the factor out. So do not experience bad! I study that others had the same issue with that design. Another individual mentioned that these styles do not have the best guidelines. So you may be onto something. Try the big four styles too they have ones that say Simple From what I have been informed Fashion styles are more complicated than the other three, McCalls, Butterick and the other one whose name runs away me right now.

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