Added Oct 28, 2009
London, United K...
Here’s my JJ…finished after the Desira because I gave up struggling with the armbands, of all things. I had to unpick them twice as they were cutting into my arms each time I tried them, then I realised my trying to make them exactly to my arm measurement was never going to work so I went back to the pattern size!
I have a largish bust (larger than I’d like) and prefer not to draw attention to its size so omitted the ruffles (…though I have some lovely brown silk I might try a ruffley version with, watchout for JJ no.2!)
Other alterations include pattern size adjustment, a flap at the front to hide the buttons, french seams (the first time I’ve tried them) and a long narrow belt – I wasn’t going to make a belt at all but after I’d finished and realised the waist was so huge, I didn’t fancy unpicking all those seams or adding a dart detail, so succombed to the belt.
I’m really happy with the finished thing, it’s got me hooked on Burdastyle and I’ve got a few more things on the go (an Ellinor variation – into the top I was looking for when I stumbled across the website – a Steffi variation, an Anda in the pipeline and possibly an Eva – when I figure out how to change the lapel to how I want it…).
I’ve neglected my sewing machine for about 15 years, never tried to fit anything to my measurements and never altered anything from the original pattern style at all – now I can’t be stopped!!
(I just have to figure out how to stop the pic spinning round when I upload it and perhaps pluck up the courage to ‘model’ the clothes instead of hanging them in my bathroom doorway!)
Pattern of the Week
The wrap shape creates a flattering V neckline and looks good on every body type!
Learn why every seamstress can benefit from flat patternmaking from instructor Deborah Moebes.
How to Grade, Draft, Design, and Sew Leggings with Meg!
Go far afield in wrap dresses, detailed jackets, and comfy separates for fall.
Comment To Win
Share your top fabric care tips for a chance to be in the magazine, and to get the issue for free!
You must allow our "request for permission" request to login to Burdastyle with Facebook.