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summer tops burda 05/2013

Added Jul 30, 2013

by Mary Athey

Antrim, Co Antri...






well working with a broken finger is certainly challenging but not impossible. i wanted to make a few quick and easy tops for this strange weather we’re having. roasting hot one minute and pouring down the next. its very clammy though so i wanted something that’ll do me now and also my holiday to spain. i saw janenes versions of this top and loved them so i made three. i found them quick and easy but very sack like on me. number 1 was the grafetti one and i wore it out but i found it to wide.. i am going to take the sides in as it sits nicer i think. i cut the middle size. on top 2 and 3 i made them a couple of inches smaller. they’re very comfortable and easy to wear i am now going to make 3 chiffon versions as well. x

Material Notes

cotton based jersey


Garment Type

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    Aug 2, 2014, 04.53 PMby cupandpenny

    Thanks for the sizing advice!

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      Aug 3, 2014, 09.01 AMby Mary Athey

      You.really very welcome. This pattern works well with chiffon and crepe and silk x

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    Aug 18, 2013, 09.20 AMby The Tropical Sewist

    Sorry I haven’t been around for a while and only just heard about your finger! Oh dear! But I’m glad you’re back sewing :) and keeping happy. I love the graffiti fabric best of all three even if its too wide you say. Hope the chiffon ones worked out much better!

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      Aug 18, 2013, 10.34 AMby Mary Athey

      thank you, my fingers on the mend. i’ve been having physio which helps. i’m still of work which is great lol. i must put the chiffon top on xx

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    Aug 6, 2013, 01.03 PMby KristinaBerisha

    great tops with big smile :)

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      Aug 6, 2013, 02.15 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you so.much kristina x

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    Aug 2, 2013, 11.36 PMby MissCorsetLizz

    Great work as always!!! :-D Loving the red, white and black flower print fabric :-) And three gorgeous ladies!!! That is such a lovely photo!!! :-D and Mr Toffee is looking relaxed lol I love cats, they’re such characters :-)

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      Aug 3, 2013, 01.23 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you, i’m very blessed with a fabulous family. these are great tops and i think you could change the neck ties add darts etc, its a great basic top. toffee and my big boy fizz feature a lot in my projects lol, they love to sit on my fabric and patterns for some strange reason lol x

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    Aug 2, 2013, 12.23 PMby fashionfreek

    Lovely tops Mary.x

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      Aug 3, 2013, 01.21 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you so much for your lovely comment. i would recommend this pattern x

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    Aug 1, 2013, 11.57 AMby BeeZee

    Very nice Mary, I love the tops! You have been a busy gal!

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      Aug 3, 2013, 01.26 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you much beezee, i would recommend this top if you want a quick easy nice top. they don’t even take a metre of fabric as well x

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    Aug 1, 2013, 02.20 AMby zsyzu

    Looking hot Mary! I think they all look great. This is definitely on my list of Burda patterns. I love all your photos. I love the kitty too! I bet you didn’t know..I have four myself! Take care!

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      Aug 1, 2013, 08.22 AMby Mary Athey

      thanks, four cats!! i have four as well. two are mine but i take care of two strays as well. they sleep in my old dog kennel. i’m animal and sewing mad lol x

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    Jul 31, 2013, 08.28 AMby Super Jeanette

    The tops are really cute, I specially like the flowered one. I have a dress like that (which can be attached in many ways with the strings) and it’s really easy to wear. The pic of you and your two loves is beautiful!! And, WOW, your daughter has the beauty of one of those Hollywood’s Golden Age glamour actresses. And you both reaaally look alike, I’d have guessed you’re her mum even if you hadn’t mentioned it in the comments :)

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      Jul 31, 2013, 09.21 AMby Mary Athey

      thank you for the lovely comments i really like these tops and i was thinking of making a couple of beach dresses in this style. simple and easy. my daughter is beautiful inside and out and so is my little grandaughter lily xx

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    Jul 31, 2013, 07.24 AMby velvetribbon

    These are lovely tops! I will make for me too:) Hope your finger will get better fast!

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      Jul 31, 2013, 07.42 AMby Mary Athey

      thank you so much velvetribbon, these are great tops with possibilities for making them fitted etc. my fingers on the mend thankfully x

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    Jul 31, 2013, 07.24 AMby velvetribbon

    These are lovely tops! I will make for me too:) Hope your finger will get better fast!

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      Aug 3, 2013, 01.28 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks again lol x

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    Jul 30, 2013, 11.15 PMby schnui

    Great tops Mary!! Perfect for hot, steamy weather. I hope your finger comes right very soon but if your broken finger is like the one I broke, it may take a few months. I am so glad you can manage to sew as I can imagine it would be driving you nuts not to sew.

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      Jul 30, 2013, 11.19 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks schnui. it was driving me nuts not being able to sew. i love making things and i had so much spare time with being of work. my hand does get tired so i had a day of to.day but i’ll be back sewing again to.morrow lol x

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    Jul 30, 2013, 10.57 PMby Smizener

    Beautiful tops, beautiful family too.

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      Jul 30, 2013, 11.07 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you so much for both lovely compliments xx

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    Jul 30, 2013, 10.32 PMby Angie H

    you always pick the most gorgeous fabrics Mary. I love them all. Your daughter and grand daughter are beautiful. Glad to see you back sewing after your injury. Looking forward to your next project! :)

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      Jul 30, 2013, 10.46 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you so much for that wonderful comment. i was itching to sew again. its like a compulsion for me lol x

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    Jul 30, 2013, 08.33 PMby Mary Athey

    forgot to mention that photo number ten is myself and my lovely daughter kelsey and grandaughter lily on a we trip out earlier to day. it was beautiful when we set off and i had plans of getting some good scenary photos of me and my tops. but it was’nt meant to be and my sunglasses stayed in my bag lol. the heavens opened and inside two.minutes we where with the exception of lily like drowned rats lol. its bikini and wellington boot weather here in ireland at the moment. what to wear out is a nightmare as its humid x

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    Jul 30, 2013, 08.07 PMby pamchar

    Nice tops and you did that with a broken finger!? Great job!!! Two years ago I was in wheelchair, my 2 legs was broken (car accident) and I’ve started sewing with my left foot because it was “less” broken. When you love something you can do it whatever happens. Hope you will recover fast! By the way, those ladies in the picture are gorgeous XX

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      Jul 30, 2013, 08.28 PMby Mary Athey

      ah pam thats awful, i hope you’re in good health now. i’ve broken a few bones now and the two fingers either side of the new broken mone as well. my fingers are every shape but they work and they sew still lol. thats me my daughter kelsey and my grandaughter lily taken on a trip.out to day x

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    Jul 30, 2013, 08.03 PMby Madcinderella

    My kind of tops, love them and you made a VERY GOOD JOB sewing with a broken finger.

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      Jul 30, 2013, 08.12 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you madcinderella thats a lovely thing to say. i found this pattern so good and the possibilities to do different things with it like different coloured ties more fitted etc are good x

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    Jul 30, 2013, 07.14 PMby saxsilverain

    3 gorgeous tops with a broken finger?? i’m almost certain now that you can do magic! :D looking forward to see the chiffon versions, i’m sure they’ll be awesome!

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      Jul 30, 2013, 07.49 PMby Mary Athey

      awww thanks that made me smile, the chiffon ones should look good in this style probably more so than the jersey, i’ve had the chiffon fabric ages, i bought about 5/6 lots when it was going cheap x

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    Jul 30, 2013, 06.18 PMby liliv-1

    You are a sewing maniac Mary:) I love your tops, great style for summer! Toffee is a real diva!! Your daughter is very very pretty!

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      Jul 30, 2013, 07.16 PMby Mary Athey

      hi liliv, this is the second week i’ve been of work and once my finger started healing i started my sewing again. i think these tops would look better more fitted?? but they’re great in this hot humid weather we’ve got. toffee is a spoilt little madam and my daughter and grandaughter are indeed lovely x

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      Jul 30, 2013, 07.25 PMby liliv-1

      I love the tops as they are Mary, more relaxed:)

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    Jul 30, 2013, 06.08 PMby camis

    Three tops at one go, and some dresses? I have this image of you whirling around your sewing machine like the cartoon Tasmanian devil. Hope your finger will mend soon.

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      Jul 30, 2013, 07.13 PMby Mary Athey

      lol camis, one of the dresses is actually cartoon fabric!!! i’m of work with my hand so once the first week was over i decided to try and sew (bored). i started with these we tops as they where easy. then i moved onto my favourite thing to make. dresses. my chair is on wheels and i do zip about lol x

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    Jul 30, 2013, 05.38 PMby Oksana Starzhynska

    Can’t but admire your positive energy: to sew with a hurt finger… you inspire all of us! You chose a nice pattern. Every of tops looks different: the first is bright and catches the eye; the floral top fits the best; that one with figures looks very merry – in fact, you made three different things!
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      Jul 30, 2013, 05.44 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks staroks, the floral one is my daughters favourite and the one i made last. the first two i’m going to take in a bit more, although they’re comfortable i prefer a more fitted look x

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    Jul 30, 2013, 05.32 PMby Moimisie

    Wow Mary…. even a broken finger can’t get you down! The tops all look very cute on you!

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      Jul 30, 2013, 05.39 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks moimsie, i love sewing and it was killing me not being able to sew so once the bruising went i gave it a go lol x

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    Jul 30, 2013, 05.05 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Wow! Lovely and cute! And these will definitely be nice to wear in Spain ;) Good to see you are recovering! I Understand Mary – I was in the same situation for the summer 3 years ago… (bicycling) You look great in those tops! :)

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      Jul 30, 2013, 05.25 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks ellen, i have to make sure my fingers are well taped up before i sew and out of the way lol. these tops are so quick and easy to make. i’m thinking of making a couple with back darts for a more fitted look at well x

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    Jul 30, 2013, 04.59 PMby kisses

    Pretty tops Mary….you are very inspiring nothing keeps you down. I really like your spirit and job well done

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      Jul 30, 2013, 05.02 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks kisses,
      i’ve made a couple of dresses as well. one for me and two for my daughter so far. i’ll post them at the week end as we’re having a girls night out this friday . its a charity night with male dancers etc so it should be fun lol x

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    Jul 30, 2013, 04.51 PMby Trudy McGrath

    You are a star! Lovely job! Love your little fury assistant too :D

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      Jul 30, 2013, 04.54 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks trudy, toffee is more of a hindrance than a help but shes adorable so gets away with a lot lol x

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