Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Burdastyle September Challenge: A 3/4 sleeve wool top

It took me a while to select favorites from this month's Burdastyle magazine. I wanted something that complements my existing wardrobe, is easy to wear with casual pieces, but also easy to upgrade to an evening look. I did love the leather-trimmed lace skirt, but another skirt for the challenge would have been too much. My creative ache was relieved when I saw a Bottega Veneta ad in Elle Magazine.

This tailored black top looks so chic, but styling is the key, of course.  Long leather gloves, a large-scale brooch, pearl earrings, burgundy lipstick - it's all about a strong, self-confident woman.


This look immediately resonated with me - if I was still working in an office environment I would make several looks from this collection. I love tailored styles and I am a big fan of black. Actually, I am lucky since back in Georgia (Caucasus), where I come from, black is a part of the cultural identity, and now, here, in New York I can comfortably wear black again.

So, it was just natural that I could match that chic Bottega Veneta look with this 3/4 sleeve top in the September issue of Burdastyle magazine.

Source: Burdastyle.com
Amanda of Amanda's Adventures in Sewing, my fellow blogger in the Mood Sewing Network, has already reviewed this top. She made a black version as well, and thanks to her review I can see that I may want to fit it a little bit more, especially the sleeves, But otherwise, I love it.

As for the fabric, I will be using a woven (Amanda used a double-stretch wool). It is a beautiful wool from my stash, which I bought in Mood two years ago. I loved it so much that I got four yards, and now I am happy I did because I do want to make pants as well, but this is a when-I'll-have-time project.


12 comments:

  1. Hey, I just made one. It's a lovely top! I'll tell you when my blog post about it is up, I still have to take pictures.

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  2. Oh, great! Please do tell me - I will include the link. It seems this top is quite popular - I remember seeing several bloggers talking about making it.

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  3. I've been struggling with the muslin for this top for some time - the FBA on the french darts is really tricky, as I want to keep the waist as fitted as possible. Great to see you are making it, I'm really looking forward to seeing your couture version.
    Btw I also finally managed to finish the panel dress, thank you for your advice few months back - here are some pics: http://zrucniprace.blogspot.cz/2012/09/panelove-saty-panel-dress.html.

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    1. Thanks for letting me know - your dress turned out beautiful! I love all the details and the finishing. You haven't underlined it, right?

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    2. No - I considered it, but made a couple of tests and decided that without underlining even with all the stabilizing, the dress can be still carefully hand-washed. Dry-cleaning sounded as too much of trouble for a summer dress.

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  4. This is really elegant.. It's my type of wardrobe stable.. Looking foward to see it made..

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    1. Rachel, great to have you back and congratulations on finishing your dissertation!

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  5. Ooh, this is going to be so chic! Can't wait to see it!

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  6. Gorgeous top! I saw this on Amanda's blog and ordered the magazine just to make this top. I am also going to make the dress. Hmmm...I may wait to get your wonderful insight on this one before I tackle it. Looking forward to seeing your version. Gorgeous fabric....

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    1. I am glad you like it too. If you are waiting for my version, then I may as well tell you that the biggest change would be adding the lining. Even for a knit lining can add such a great wearing comfort - no scratching, for example. In 60s, a lot of cashmere / wool cardigans were lines in silk, and often chiffon. I still see luxurious chiffon linings on hi-end RTw knits...

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  7. This already sounds and looks like a very chic project.

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