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Burda 7519

My attempt at making this hip-length, sleeveless top with a cowl neck was not very happy. My fabric is a black spotted silk charmeuse bought as a remnant. Apart from the difficulty of handling a very slippery fabric, it is an easy garment to make. Yet I experienced problems: the neck plunge being too deep; instructions not clear on how to attach the armhole bands; back shoulder seams being longer than front ones; and the front turning out about 3-4cm longer than the back. Persevering, I turned the sleeve bands right under so that they are not visible; gathered the back shoulder seams to match the front, thus creating useful extra ease in the shoulders; and trimmed extra length so that front and back matched. After hemming, the bottom edge has a frilled look. A silk vest has filled the plunging neckline and, although not delighted with the resulting garment, I will wear it.
View A, which I've made
View A, which I've made
My fabric - silk charmeuse
My fabric - silk charmeuse
Trying-on stage - not happy!
Trying-on stage - not happy!
Coin pocket inside neck
Coin pocket inside neck
Shoulder seam
Shoulder seam
Armband sticking out
Armband sticking out
How did this happen?
How did this happen?
Finished at last
Finished at last
The neck plunges deeply
The neck plunges deeply
With a long-sleeved top underneath
With a long-sleeved top underneath
With silk vest to fill gap
With silk vest to fill gap