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Bring on summer – because these shirts and blouses are basics for every occasion. These top sewing patterns are from the May 2013 issue of burda style magazine, and they sure have what it takes to be hits of the season!

Sophistication always looks good! This Straight-Cut Blouse is basically no-frills, but draws attention with its gathered neckline with decorative button loop. Snap fasteners are cleverly concealed under the softly draping front edge. If you prefer a more blousy look, simply use batiste instead of washed silk.

Summer here we come. This charming Tank is a last-minute piece that is quick to sew. A raglan cut at the arms allows the sun onto your skin. It can be individually shaped by adjusting the drawstring at the neckline.

Feminine and elegant, yet wonderfully comfortable. The collar on this lovely Blouse has a sophisticated twist, which isn’t even that difficult to sew. On one side it’s pulled through the front slit then fastened with concealed snap fasteners. The stretch crepe satin ensures that is sits nicely on the body.

This knotted front Top is super casual and cool to wear. The mini sleeves and plunging V-neck are also charming details.

This Tank welcomes the first rays of sun! Gathers at the neckline and a slit at the front create a feminine silhouette. The richly embroidered trim on the straps is a delightful eye-catcher.

Wide bell sleeves elevate this basic Top to a dressy wonder! The cut is tapered towards the hem, making it subtly figure-hugging.

Happy Sewing!


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    May 17, 2013, 10.02 AMby slitherydee

    The drawstring tank is all over Pinterest and has been for months and months. It’s such a simple design that it doesn’t even require a pattern to make. They’ve been calling it the pillowcase top/tank. I’m surprised that BurdaStyle would bother selling a pattern for a top so widely available for free.

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    May 16, 2013, 05.25 PMby purplecords

    I have to say the majority of these scream old fashioned and middle aged to me. Whilst both can be good, these just don’t work for me. The tank is cool, but you don’t really need a pattern for it!
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    May 16, 2013, 03.16 PMby natmarie

    I really want to try the tank with the enbellishments on the shoulder. Maybe this weekend.

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    May 12, 2013, 08.37 PMby yourbuzzgirl

    i like this

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    May 10, 2013, 02.02 PMby FabricUiPhoneApp

    I think the first pattern – the straight-cut blouse – is my favorite. I think I’d use silk…which can warm or cool you as you need it…and I’d prime my fabric with Sullivan’s stabilizer spray to make it temporarily stiff before I sew. Stabilizers save a lot of heart-ache and $$$, friends.

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    May 9, 2013, 11.39 PMby sewsweetviolets


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    May 9, 2013, 05.48 PMby cabinbaby

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      May 9, 2013, 07.15 PMby MegH

      Looks Great!

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      May 10, 2013, 09.48 AMby purplegoat

      Yours looks better! Very nice.

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      May 14, 2013, 08.34 PMby plethora

      Your top is great in that print! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

      Edited to add: I saw your mention of the temps and thought, “She must live in Alaska,” but I was joking, because I live in Alaska. But you do! LOL Hello from a fellow Alaskan

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      Jan 9, 2018, 04.08 AMby Cristty47

      sOOO BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Congratulations!!! you sewed a beautifu top!!!!!!

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