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Grey clouds and crimson sky: Wool plaid top with retro neck...

Added Nov 3, 2013

by Irina Schwab

Aylesbury, Unite...






I am determined to shift my focus from dresses and party dresses for more wearable, casual pieces. I have also promised my two boys that I am going to spend more time with them outdoors (what a brave affirmation!) so I need more casual clothes.

With that in mind, I created this top using Burda magazinepattern in issue 09/2012. Wonderful for thick, wintery fabrics, with clever darts and shoulder / sleeve joining seams. You don’t need zips, buttons, not even knowledge or skill to do with set in sleeves. Easy! You need 1.5 m of fabric, however I managed to cut this from 1 meter. I must admit, the hem band has been created from loads of little pieces as I could not cut one meter long piece. However, this is hardly noticeable if pressed nicely. Because the fabric is so stiff (100% wool), I did not need to use any vielene.

The skirt is made using the same pattern as the snake print skirt, in Burda Style magazine style 122 of 12/2012. The main feature is a crease at the back, just above the little tail. As opposed to the wool fabric used for the top, the grey wool mixture fabric is soft and stretchy.

There’s an outfit that is comfortable easy and warm to wear.

worn with:
wool cape from Wallis
Ralph Lauren Polo sunglasses
grey boots with stud detail: H&M
Black suede boots: Vicino, Romania
pewter chain bag: Wallis
Cobra bracelet: Coco boutique, Enfield, London

Material Notes

wool, wool mixture fabrics




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Casual

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    Dec 7, 2013, 01.02 AMby cwalters99

    Hi from the USA. Seeing your gorgeous pictures I had to download the pattern for your top. I have never had a burda pattern and I have never seen a bust dart like this one. Any tips?

    You are my inspiration.

    Thanks, Carolyn

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      Jan 18, 2015, 11.01 PMby Irina Schwab

      Hi Carolyn, are you still on Burda style? I have not seen your question until today… Have you made this top? It is an interesting dart, indeed, and it worked really well for me. It is, in fact, a more edgy, sporty, modern look. Interesting, worth trying!

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    Nov 13, 2013, 11.06 AMby begkala

    The colors are beatiful…You are so stylish… Congratulations

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      Nov 13, 2013, 06.04 PMby Irina Schwab

      Thank you so much! X

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    Nov 4, 2013, 04.16 PMby liliv-1

    It’s very stylish and you look very smart!

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    Nov 3, 2013, 10.34 PMby schnui

    This is a very stylish outfit Irina and you do look cosy and warm. Well done.

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      Nov 13, 2013, 06.06 PMby Irina Schwab

      Thank you for your compliment. Always encouraging me! x

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