I purchased this boucle with a slight crosswise stretch from Fabric Mart a few years ago. I always pictured a very simple top in this fabric. When I saw this top in the November 2015 Burda Style magazine I knew I had found what I was looking for.
I like the zipper detail on the left shoulder and the addition of ribbon as a decorative feature. The pattern called for petersham ribbon but all I could find was grosgrain, so I went with that.
The pattern also mentions using a 5″ zipper. I tried that but it left too much of a gap near the neck. I used a 6″ zipper instead and am very happy with the result. The extra 1″ allowed the zipper stop to be closer to the sleeve head and the zipper tab to go within about 1/8″ of the neck seam.
The front has darts that I consider to be very well placed in order to help with the fit of this top. My boucle does not show the darts well so here is a line drawing of the top.
I added 1″ to the length of this top. Other than that I made my usual size 34. I like the fit of this top and felt comfortable in it all day. I think the bit of stretch in my fabric helps this top feel comfortable as it is pretty snug.
I would like to make the dress pictured in the magazine as well as a sleeveless version of this top. Yes, I’m that pleased with this pattern.
This was a simple project, perfect for this time of year where we seem to be even shorter on time than we normally are.