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Patrones vs. Burda shirt

Added Sep 26, 2008

by anajan

Belgrade, Serbia






This shirt has a long story… Last month I was in Spain and brought back home few issues of Patrones. I instantly spotted this shirt (Patrones #270) and fell in love with the idea of making it. So, the last few nights I worked hard on it. I wanted to add trimming details so I sewed a lot of tiny pintucks on a piece of fabric and then cut front lower parts, collar and cuffs from it. But, the shirt turned out way toooo big! My Spanish is not so good, so I couldn’t follow the instructions, and I don’t know if the pattern pieces included seam allowances already (anybody, please answer!). Or, maybe I cut the wrong size – I am size 38 (Burda’s measures), and I cut the size 40 from the Patroens? Anyway, I did my best to save the shirt and used the tnt shirt BWOF pattern (1/2008) and re-cut the shirt’s front and back panels following the shape of the Burda’s shirt. The original Patrones sleeves fitted well, but turned out a bit short, even though I lengthened the cuffs by 2cm. And, the final problem with the shirt is that the collar turned too short comparing to the stand collar part. And I don’t have enough pintucked fabric to make a new collar. Though, I have a plain fabric, I might repeat the process and make a better collar. All in all, I like this shirt, but I will think twice before using another pattern from the Patrones.

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Cotton, buttons



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    Oct 23, 2011, 11.43 AMby milkyway

    I really adore PATRONES… maybe cause I am Latinamerican their patterns are more femenine and suitable to my taste than BURDA´s. Even, I work both patterns with no problem. Sometimes (depending on the piece) patterns run bigger on both. For example loose pieces will be always big, fitted ones, like corsets are more true size. In Spain, the sizes are different than the rest of EU, so size EU 34 is Spain 38… their patterns dont include seams. you have to add 1 cms for them. Dont worry, even my mother tounge is Spanish, their explanation sounds like astral theory to me cause terminology is different than Latinamerican… I just follow my knowledge and sew without breaking my brains trying to understand their explanation. If you have any translation question, please let me know I will be pleased to help you through

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    Jun 2, 2010, 07.52 PMby mmaldonado

    uhm, that’s weird, Burda patterns are always big for me even if I choose the right size from the size chart…I thought I was the only one with that problem! I never bought Patrones, I saw the first page and it looks like more formal clothing, please correct me if I’m wrong… =)

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      Jun 3, 2010, 08.31 AMby anajan

      Hehe, I forgot to mention that the Burda pattern I used here was actually cut in size 36. I have some sizing issues with Burda, as well – tops, jackets, blouses frequently get too big for me, while the bottoms (skirts, pants) are usually OK. According to Burda’s measurements, I am size 38 for the tops and size 40 for the bottoms.
      Regarding the Patrones – I have around 5 issues of it in my collection. The clothing style depends on the issue, plus there are some special issues that include only thematic wardrobe. In general, I think it’s similar to Burda with its content and styles.
      If you’re interested in Patrones, browse through my creations, I made several pieces using their patterns (mostly dresses, though). Maybe that could help you get an idea of its style.

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    Jan 23, 2010, 06.09 PMby maria ungureanu

    I want to make this shirt, Where can I get the pattern? thanks

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    Sep 24, 2009, 12.01 AMby sophie007


    i buy this magazine a lot.. and NO it doesnt include seam allowances, and also the sizes are somehow smaller.. im a pettit.. im just over 90 pounds and usually have problems with burda patterns, cause even if they are the same size than the patrones ones.. they dont fit me. For my body patrones works great, but definitly their sizes are smaller, not sure why or how, but they are…:S

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    Oct 21, 2008, 06.55 AMby justsewin

    Can I just say: WOW !!!! MAKE ME ONE????!!!!> LOL!!!!

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    Oct 7, 2008, 03.19 AMby krecik

    Hi!! I’m speechless!!It’s so lovely shirt! Very good job with pintucks!!I wish I have so many patience to them!last time I do it ,I almost get mad!hi hi hi.. I love absolutely all what are you sewing! Best regards! Iwona

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    Oct 1, 2008, 04.39 AMby jsolnushko

    Such a beautifull job you`ve done! Do you think you could post a how-to on how to make beautifull looking pintucks?

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    Sep 29, 2008, 07.47 PMby allygally

    I love all of the pintucks you did. Your shirt is beautiful, very impressive.

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    Sep 28, 2008, 02.48 PMby mimosa

    This is a lovely shirt ! As Ghainskom told you , seam allowances are not included in Patrones patterns .I’ve already used some , I’m size 38 for Burda and used 40 for Patrones and it was all right .Perhaps there was a problem with the pattern you use , I suppose there can be errors in it .

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    Sep 28, 2008, 06.04 AMby miss-g

    Anajan, you’ve put so much work into this shirt. The pintuck detail is beautiful. I love a good white shirt. The sizing must have been very frustrating.

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    Sep 26, 2008, 05.41 PMby karencilla

    Hi Anajan, well i have a couple of Patrones, and they don’t include seam allowances. If you need any help, I ‘ll be happy to do it. … I love your shirt, every girl should have one, it’s a must!

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    Sep 26, 2008, 07.11 AMby lybu

    Very pretty. Professional made.

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    Sep 26, 2008, 06.45 AMby mirela

    Oh my gosh, I so glad you saved it! I haven’t used Patrons so I can’t say anything on the sizing, but the shirt turned out so so well, I love it!

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    Sep 26, 2008, 06.16 AMby ghainskom

    You did a nice job at saving this shirt. And I like your hair as well lol As far as I know, Patrones does not include seam allowances but I’ve never sewn anything out of the magazine it’s all theoretical, what I’m saying. I did read from few other hobby sewers that the sizing was rather hard to figure out though.

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    Sep 26, 2008, 06.16 AMby antigone

    Oh my goodness! Those pintucks are amazing! Very classy!

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