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grey shirt for a sunny day

Added Jan 5, 2009

by prudencerabbit

Cleveland, Unite...






Knit top with a placket opening and short, puffed raglan sleeves.

The pattern is #125 from the January 2009 issue of Burda World of Fashion. It is the illustrated sewing course pattern for the month, so it’s easy to follow the detailed instructions.

I sewed French seams as I don’t have a serger. I also omitted the snaps on the placket, and added about a 2 inch allowance for the hem.

Material Notes

cotton jersey knit






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    Jun 9, 2009, 08.33 PMby willozza

    Wow, you have made such a difference to the original design by omitting the snaps. nice!

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    Jan 30, 2009, 07.44 AMby pinksunflower

    I went and bought the issue, but realised I needed tracing paper to copy the pattern. So still not done it yet!

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    Jan 13, 2009, 10.01 PMby mmmrphs

    WOW! It’s such a different shirt without the snaps on the placket – it looks lovely open like that. Well done.

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    Jan 6, 2009, 01.52 PMby jinxychan

    Well, played, madam. And well worn to boot!

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    Jan 6, 2009, 08.54 AMby redoubt

    This is great. The deep placket neckline is my favorite!

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    Jan 6, 2009, 07.29 AMby carottesauvage

    Really beautiful. I love the raglan sleeves and the colour is superb! Who needs a serger after seeing your take on French seams!

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    Jan 6, 2009, 05.28 AMby flash1

    So simple and beautiful. Great work!

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    Jan 6, 2009, 04.45 AMby pinksunflower

    This is really nice. Off to buy this pattern. Thanks. I will let you know how it goes!

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    Jan 6, 2009, 12.15 AMby ghainskom

    simple but beautiful.

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    Jan 5, 2009, 11.14 PMby erdronen

    cute shirt! great job! ooh- and i have a tip. i forget where i heard this, but it’s not necessary to use zig-zag stitches when you want stretch. Instead, if you stretch the fabric while you’re sewing a straight stitch, it will bounce back to it’s original shape (generally, but you can test it first) and then stretch just fine! I did once have some sort of cotton knit (not jersey) that wouldn’t bounce back- however it got stretched, it stayed that way.

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    Jan 5, 2009, 07.25 PMby prudencerabbit

    Thanks! As far as construction tips, I’d say everything is pretty straightfoward. The only thing I had some trouble with was the end of the placket where it joins together. I was worried that it would sew crookedly on the machine, so I did the very end by hand with slipstitches.

    Oh, and I sewed the back of the neck binding by hand, too. I sewed the sleeve binding by machine, though, using a zizag stitch to topstitch, and it turned out just fine.

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    Jan 5, 2009, 06.33 PMby sew4my3

    Wonderful work! I just looked at this same pattern last night and put it on my list of “to do’s”. Do you have any advice on the construction? Anyway, very pretty and great fit!

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