#burdachallenge2018 catch-up! These penguins are coming to you from early March.
The fabric is a polyester (alas, but what can you do) crepe (yay) from Fabric.com. There’s also a gray version of this print available, but the blue makes the majestic penguins more visible. All in all, the fabric was pretty easy to work with and is on the nicer end of polyesters, so there’s that.
The pattern is Burda (runs to get the envelope) 6840. I have complicated feelings about it. I both love the pleats at the front yoke and worry that they’ve time-traveled from the 1980s straight into my wardrobe. And I’m too old to wear this ironically: I remember the 1980s!…
Not much to say about the construction other than that I reversed the pleat (is the one I did the inverted pleat or the one the pattern calls for???) and simplified the button band — I didn’t want a hidden one, so I simplified it. I think the covered buttons look better than a seemingly buttonless band would.
Is it just me or do Burda shirts seem incredibly long in the body? I’m not really petite, just definitely not tall, and I always end up shortening the hem from the suggested length by at least an inch.
Do I recommend the pattern? Oh yes: easy to fit, pretty fun to sew (if you’re not leaning on the instructions too hard because, you know, it’s still Burda even if it comes in an envelope).
Do I have lingering worries about the ’80s vibes? Oh yeah.
Till next time.