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(Afternoon) Tea Top

Added Feb 1, 2009

by ichigogirl

Stockholm, Sweden






I finished this top just in time to wear it to afternoon tea at the Grand Hotel, so, a Tea Top it is! I was inspired by Maryy:s black top Ou Bow with a white ruffled edge, this is my version :-). It’s a fitted top with princess-seams, a draped bust and a little pleated satin-edge. I used lingerie-style hook- and eye-ribbon instead of a zipper in the back, they’re very easy to use and I think they add an interesting detail, that I just love.

I made the pattern using Maryy’s How-to for the bust of the Hot Hot Heat-dress, and combined the resulting bust with my own pattern for a fitted top. I could probably have reached the same result by simply changing the pattern instead, but this was more hands-on and fun!

How-to make the pleated trim: http://www.burdastyle.com/howtos/show/1672

I have updated the instructions and included pictures 090827, they are now included in the print at home-file.

Also blogged about <a target=“_blank” href=“http://ancien-nouveau.blogspot.com/2009/11/file-upload.html/”&gt;HERE

Material Notes

Light wool, satin, hook- and eye-ribbon.



Related Techniques


Garment Type


Maryy for inspiration & How-to

Elainemay for adding her Coffe-Date-Dress-pattern and inspiring me to add one too

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    Mar 29, 2014, 05.39 PMby HannahClark

    Thank you so much! This is a really fun, satisfying and cute project! You did a great job drafting it and making the instructions- thanks for sharing!

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    Sep 1, 2012, 12.42 AMby Kira Knaack

    can some one tell me the materials measurements in yards? i need to get material :)

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    Jul 25, 2011, 10.44 AMby atticca

    WOW! this is amaaaazingg…i have been looking for a top like this for a long time…I LOVE THIS. but how would i size the pattern to my own measurements??

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    Jul 8, 2011, 01.16 PMby nonoshuk1

    Hi, I have just finished making a slightly modified version of this. Thank you for the pattern, hope you like what I have done!

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    Feb 10, 2011, 01.50 PMby kstyled

    CUTE, with a simple elegance!

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    Dec 25, 2010, 12.50 AMby nessys

    After now seeing your trim in a finished project – I am very impressed. This top is gorgeous. You have a fabulous talent and are so kind to share your patterns. You look lovely in this!

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    Dec 10, 2010, 12.50 AMby nicolechantelle

    I cant find the actuall pattern pieces.. only the instructions :( im printing at home, and it says theres 14 pages… only 5 have anything on them, the instructions, and the rest are blank, where are the pieces?

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    Nov 19, 2010, 03.56 AMby scarletohara

    I’m working in the project as well. I’m trying to figure it out how to convert the pattern to a 36D… but i think im going to make it happen and luckily I will be able to share the pictures of the project as well.

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      Nov 19, 2010, 02.31 PMby ichigogirl

      Hm… I think it might be easier to construct a new pattern! Take a bodice-pattern you like for the body, cut it so that it follows the underline of your bra (approx.) and combine it with a bust-piece that you construct by using Maryy’s tutorial for her Hot Hot Heat-dress. That’s how I made it. Use my pattern more as a guide! I made the bust-piece fit the bodice-piece by pinning them while wearing them both, in white cotton, and used a pen to mark the line where I wanted the under-bust-seam to be. Good luck whichever method you choose!

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    Jun 18, 2010, 04.51 AMby ielle palmer

    I love this pattern, sadly i’m a 38C and so this pattern isn’t going to work for me cue bummed out pouting lol Anyone know a way i could figure out how to convert this to my needs? I have a dress form, so obviously i can fit stuff on there, but i have no idea how to go about EXPANDING a pattern.

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      Jun 18, 2010, 11.52 AMby ichigogirl

      Hi! Sorry, but I can’t grade patterns… I guess if you calculate how many % bigger a 38C is to a 34/36B (or use my measurements vs yours) and print the pattern at say 110%, you might be able to make a working pattern by fitting it on the dress form… There are guides here and other places online on grading patterns, you might want to check them out. Good luck!

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      Jun 18, 2010, 02.24 PMby ielle palmer

      thanks! Yeah i knew you said you yourself couldn’t do it, i was just hoping you or someone might know of some links or tips (and you did :)) so thanks so much for that. I’ll see what i can do and let you know if i’m sucessful. This is a beautiful top, just wish i was a back to my old 36C from college lol.

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      Aug 9, 2010, 03.42 PMby loriquesada

      I had to make this larger as well, as I normally wear a 40 in Burda. It was quite easy to make it larger. I just laid the regular pattern out on my fabric, then took a ruler and a washable pencil and marked an inch out from the pattern edges in various places. Then I connected the dots (eyeballing the curves as I went along) and cut along the lines. Voila! Super easy.

      Also, no pinning to fool with. I think I may just start tracing my patterns onto the fabric in general because it was so much quicker.

      Hope that helps!

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      Aug 14, 2011, 08.42 AMby jaesaycah

      @loriquesada did you add an inch around the entire pattern? I’m confused where I should add extra fabric and where to keep the same and I’m around the same measurements as you. hope you or someone else answers. thx!

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    Jun 17, 2010, 12.47 PMby andulka87

    I love this top. It is just perfect. I am in the middle of making one just have one problem and that is how long should be the trim so i can make it pleated and it would go aroung the whole top? Thank you so much

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      Jun 18, 2010, 11.54 AMby ichigogirl

      Thank you! I’m sorry, but I don’t know how long the trim should be, as I made it as I went and didn’t measure it… You could pleat a 10 or 20cm strip, measure it when pleated and calculate how much longer you need to make the strip for the trim to fit the top. Good luck!

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    May 8, 2010, 05.34 PMby figgy

    I love this pattern!It is very easy to understand but a bit hard to assemble it because I am a beginner. It took me a bit of time to make it.. dived the work in tree days. Because I had to redo some of it as I increased the size a bit but forgot to increase some of the peaces LOL. Anyway it is almost ready, just need to get a zipper for it. It is my second peace and I am really proud of it! Thank you

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    Mar 20, 2010, 05.47 PMby nadaa

    wow! I like it :)

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    Feb 25, 2010, 11.05 PMby misssunkiss

    Can you e-mail me the PDF file? miss.sunkiss@gmail.com

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    Feb 20, 2010, 11.23 PMby lenagu

    I still can’t download the actual pattern! It says the page can not be found!

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    Feb 6, 2010, 07.44 PMby solaris

    I love this top! I’ve made it about three times, all with different fabric! I did find the facing a little tough to figure out but if you lay out all the pieces where they go, then it’s easier to visualize how the facing fits onto the top. Wonderful pattern! Absolutely love it!!

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      Feb 7, 2010, 06.44 PMby ichigogirl

      Thank you, glad you like it :-)!

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    Jan 1, 2010, 09.05 AMby Nikki Lariosa

    I love this pattern! It was actually my first project working with one and it came out great. I’ll get pics of me wearing it as soon as I can :) Thanks!

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      Feb 7, 2010, 06.44 PMby ichigogirl

      You’re welcome, and thank you :-)!

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    Nov 27, 2009, 01.14 PMby strawberrypancakesbykim

    how much fabric is used? I couldn’t find where it says.

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      Nov 27, 2009, 03.30 PMby ichigogirl

      I didn’t include it since it depends on the width of the fabric and how you lay out the pieces (it’d be too much work to make layout-instructions for all fabric widths). But you need approximately the desired length of the top + seam- allowances and about 25cm extra for the facings. So I’m guessing 70cm’s would usually work. Unless it’s a very narrow piece of fabric of course. I’d bring the pattern to the shop, there are quite few pieces to it. Good luck!

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    Nov 17, 2009, 12.23 AMby Kimberly Warn

    I cant figure out how to make this. I printed out the instructions and its just a bunch of lines on paper. Im making a dress for a class project and this is going to be my top. I cant figure it out. help please.

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      Nov 17, 2009, 09.26 AMby ichigogirl

      Oh, I’ve reported to Burdastyle that you cannot download the instructions from the instructions-tab like you should, I thought they had solved it. Can you please report your problems to the BS support-desk?
      I have uploaded them as a pdf too though, I think it’s under “print at copy-shop”, otherwise they should be in the same pdf as the pattern (that’s how I solve it nowadays, I may upload the pattern with included instructions in the future if I haven’t already, I don’t remember if I did. But I did upload them one of the two ways!).
      Good luck!

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    Nov 9, 2009, 09.51 PMby reichan

    very, cute, imple and classy. I love it! <3

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    Oct 30, 2009, 05.11 PMby asperge11

    what are the front facing and back facing for ?

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      Nov 9, 2009, 10.55 PMby ichigogirl

      Look at this page, I think you will understand then: http://www.burdastyle.com/terms/facing
      In this case, they are there to stabilise the upper part of the top, and to give a nice finish to the upper edge.

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    Sep 10, 2009, 02.01 AMby xuggababy

    help how do you print out the pattern! its tiny when i print it! help! :(

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      Sep 14, 2009, 09.57 AMby ichigogirl

      Hi! Did you make sure that the printer-settings are on “no scale” or “don’t scale”?
      If you print on size A4-paper you can also use “scale to paper size” or “fit to paper”, the original is in A4.
      Hope you succeeded!

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    Aug 31, 2009, 06.45 PMby pinkpink055

    i just finished making it! and it looks amazing!

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    Aug 27, 2009, 07.57 AMby ichigogirl

    Hi y’all! I’ve found some errors in the instructions, and I’m also drawing pictures for them right now, so please be aware that the instructions without illustrations in them are not all correct, and if possible check back for updated instructions later on today or tomorrow! Sorry about that (now I understand the confusion from some who tried to make it!).

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      Aug 27, 2009, 07.40 PMby ichigogirl

      Correct instructions with pictures added to the project. I’ll update the downloadable instructions tomorrow.

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    Aug 27, 2009, 05.33 AMby li siyuan

    It ’s complicated tailoring.

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    Aug 27, 2009, 12.17 AMby nehmah

    Thank you for the updated instructions. Now, I need to find the earlier one(s) and delete them so I don’t become any more confused that I am now. Cordially, Nehmah (who at a 42DD will not be wearing this anytime soon. But my granddaughter???)

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    Mar 20, 2009, 11.39 AMby minorpunk56

    Could you help me with the bust? i cant figure it out at all.

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    Feb 5, 2009, 01.31 PMby Laura Bolčina

    Beautiful! Thanks for the pattern; I’ll try it out with a few alterations, when it gets a bit warmer here. :)

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    Feb 5, 2009, 01.32 AMby danit

    I love it! It looks great! Though I think it could fit even better with a thicker fabric..

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    Feb 4, 2009, 07.56 AMby dulfie

    Klänningen är verkligen jättefin! Det här får bli nästa projekt, tack för mönstret !!

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