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Polka Retro Top

Added Apr 6, 2008

by fraeuleinu

Berlin, Germany






I tried to follow Zahra’s cute pattern for the “retro top” but ended up modifying it a bit. (I also had a few problems with the printed pattern, but maybe I just didn’t print it right… I included a picture of my futile attempt to make it all fit ;-))

My modifications: I used jersey for the main part – so no need for a zipper. I also found that the flared style wasn’t exactly flattering on me, so I changed the cut from flared to straight. The facing is made from (inflexible) cotton, so on the bottom part, where the bow is tied, the facing is not connected to the body all the way to retain enough flexibility to pull the top your head when the bow is untied.

Material Notes

Black Jersey and patterned Cotton (inflexible) for the facing, plus lining for the facing.






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    May 24, 2009, 06.07 AMby blaiken

    Hi, beautiful top! I´m trying to copy it right now. Have troubles with the back since it is too big, will not come down close to the back. Have seen that you other have had the same problem. Saw that you had alterer the top to sew in plaits instead of havin creases (hope my English is correct;-)). How far down dod you sew them?


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    Jul 8, 2008, 10.40 AMby mrstt

    Great Top! I tried to make it, but was unsucessfull, but I will try your pointers! Thanks.

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    Jun 24, 2008, 07.52 PMby appletree

    What a nice shirt!

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    May 8, 2008, 10.06 AMby adgentry

    I had the same problem as well; but I love the look of this pattern. I made mine in plain white cotton knit, and also did not use a zipper. I have not had time to upload it yet. Your version is really nice. I love the contrast between the two fabrics.

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    May 2, 2008, 05.35 PMby chanelleaj

    Loving the poka dot detail. No you didn’t print it out wrong I had exactly the same problem when I tried to piece the pattern together.

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    Apr 9, 2008, 08.10 AMby zahra

    heey!! m oso glad some one tried my pattern! sorry i hv been so busy was not checking burdastyle often.. its looks fantastic! u did grt job altering it.. n m so sorry .. most of u had this printing prob..

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    Apr 8, 2008, 07.52 AMby cicaktoes

    Lovely top! Great idea to use jersey fabric. I also modified the pattern a bit, and like you, made the sides straight. I love the neckline you added in the polka dot fabric!

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    Apr 7, 2008, 10.58 PMby solv

    The polka dot neckline is very nice! Great fit, too!

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    Apr 7, 2008, 04.50 PMby lcavagnolo

    This is so cute!

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    Apr 7, 2008, 04.32 PMby sewstacey

    This looks really cute and I love the polka dot fabric. When I tried printing this pattern I had problems with it too, but I’m a beginner so modifying it was too confusing for me, haha.

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    Apr 7, 2008, 04.18 PMby mmmrphs

    It suits you perfectly!

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    Apr 7, 2008, 03.41 PMby fraeuleinu

    thank you so much, everybody! :-)

    cutexlilshorty: yeah, the pattern was long enough, but I wear burda size 34 and the pattern’s a 40, so maybe that did the trick as well…

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    Apr 7, 2008, 08.39 AMby calicokate

    Love it!

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    Apr 7, 2008, 07.55 AMby mirela

    Very Nice!

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    Apr 7, 2008, 03.14 AMby lxandra

    great job!!

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    Apr 7, 2008, 01.33 AMby susisonne

    It looks really great! I like your combination of fabrics. Good idea to make it with a tie!

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    Apr 6, 2008, 11.16 PMby sofiko

    I am jealous :D

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    Apr 6, 2008, 07.36 PMby cutexlilshorty

    I am absolutely in love with your shirt! Beautiful! Did you have to make the shirt longer or was it long enough from the original pattern?

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    Apr 6, 2008, 06.42 PMby heatherrique

    Stunningly groovy top on you! Very nice neckline and silhouette! You look fabulous!

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