Yes that's right The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook copyright 2011! The one you all bought and dutifully sewed lovely things from straight away. Well I guess I'm not an early adopter. While mine took a little longer to come to fruition I am really happy with this top.
I cut a size 38 and made a 2 cm full bust adjustment. The only other change I made to the original design was to self face the upper front as I was working with a very sheer silk chiffon. This gave the top of the garment more opacity and structure where it is needed. BurdaStyle include an invisible zip in the side seam of the garment, which I omitted. With the combination of elastic and drawstring at the waist the zip is not needed.
One of the lovely things about it is that the fabric was a freebie from a Sydney Sewing meetup swap session. I've given the silk chiffon the respect it deserves with French seams and a satin bound sleeve head and self faced finishes - creating a very neat finish inside and out. I don't know who it came from originally but I am extremely grateful for their good taste.
While I have too many patterns and ideas to give too much thought to making another one, the bodice is a great starting point for drafting everything from camis to kaftans. That was the essence of the Sewing Handbook idea after all.
I haven't been in Sydney all summer for a while now and have lost a bit of weight. I am very conscious of having NOTHING TO WEAR as the heat approaches. My three top priorities: a new swimsuit (Bombshell pattern and Tigerlily print lycra at the ready); shorts and light trousers (self drafting and Wyomee Boyfriend jeans pattern to try) and dresses for my niece's wedding in December.
My daughter is still thinking about whether I'm making her dress for another wedding in Bali - pending arrival of an ebay purchase I think!