Plunge Back Top Complete!

Just in time for the weekend, my Burda plunge back top is finished! I’m very pleased with the way this top turned out – a bit more time consuming that what I had first thought it would be, but well worth it. I think that it’s the little details such as the shirring on the back strap, the plunge look, as well as the gathered waist that make it look more ready to wear than something someone whipped up in their basement!

Overall, the instructions were easy to follow, but I didn’t care for the way they had you binding the arm and inserting the elastic, so I changed it a bit. For the arm, I sewed up the side seams, sewed the short ends of the arm binding strips together, then attached the binding to the arm hole – flipping it to the inside and then twin stitching (I think my way makes the top look more finished than what the instructions call for). The pattern calls for a hem of 1 1/4 inches, but this seemed too wide for this top so I opted to go for a 5/8″ hem instead (since the elastic is 3/8 inches wide, it also seemed appropriate so it wouldn’t get ‘wiggly’ inside the casing). Instead of leaving an opening on the side seam to insert the elastic, I decided to fold up he hem, sew – leaving an opening, inserting the elastic, then finish sewing the casing closed – Much easier in my opinion!
Now that this project is finished, I’m deciding what to do with the other yard of this fabric – I’m seriously contemplating making the matching skirt!

22 thoughts on “Plunge Back Top Complete!

  1. Bonnie

    Cute and sexy top! Is that the same fabric in the Burda pattern? Too funny. I think the skirt would be cute with it. It would also make a very cute scoop neck tee.

  2. Susan C

    Great top!! Could I ask you something about the way you applied the elastic thread. I’ve read that technique before and I’m confused how you avoid the thread with the zig zag stitch. I think I must have the wrong picture in my head…I envision the elastic thread in the middle and the the zig zag stich is going from one side to the other so doesn’t it sew over the cord? Sorry if I’m being dense but I really want to make this top for my daughter and want to do this the easiest way…

  3. stacy

    Thanks for the compliments everyone!!!
    Susan – that’s exactly the way I did it, basically creating a channel for the elastic to sit in. I did a number of practice runs before working on my actual top to get the right width and length that I was happy with.

  4. Julie

    Beautiful top, Stacy! Love your haircut too. Are the Burda WOF patterns hard to figure out?

  5. Barbara at Cat Fur Studio

    You did a beautiful job with that pattern and fabric. And yes, do make the skirt!

  6. Barbara at Cat Fur Studio

    You did a beautiful job with that pattern and fabric. And yes, do make the skirt!

  7. stacy

    Most Burda WOF patterns are easy enough to figure out – they are a bit skimpier on directions that most, but I think that they are getting better. Most patterns do not have illustrations aside from the cutting layout. This particular pattern was pretty straighforward and I didn’t run across any problems.

  8. bernadette

    Super top and haircut, too.
    I love the drapey tops – front and back. There was one at recently with a deep plunge back. Wish I had bookmarked it.
    Instant drape: Look again at the new “Knitty” styles you blogged yesterday. See the “Coachella” one? Scroll down the pattern to see the flat, finished version of it – notice the armholes and how they create the drape when worn! Easy to copy (without knittng!) in any knit or bias cut fabric, I think! I will “muslin it” with a tube cut from an old t-shirt. Hem and sleeve openings could be easily finished with overcast, roll-over, and top stitch.

  9. Carolyn

    I absolutely love the top! It looks so kewl on you. I say go for the matching skirt. It would make the most awesome dress look but you could also split the pieces up and wear them separately! Amazing!

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