Burda Asymmetrical Top

I visited Sydney last weekend.  A versatile player in my weekend wardrobe was a Burda top made up in a very soft, grey, bamboo knit sourced from Oddz and Endz in Noosa.  The pattern is 02/2014 #135A.

I wore it on the plane, with black linen pants (not shown).

I wore it to a play, with my big red skirt.

I wore it to Bondi, where we were nearly blown away.

I did make changes to the pattern.  In the photo below, the back is in the upper portion of the photo.  Other reviewers found the top too short, so I wanted to add some length.  In the back this was simply a matter of splitting and spreading the pattern.  For the front, I wanted to reduce the amount of the drape, as the original pattern looks a bit as though you are carrying a spare belly around.  I split the front and overlapped at the split to reduce the amount of drape.  I then split and spread the bottom sections to increase the length.

I was happy with the fit, though looking at the photos, the upper arm is pretty loose.  I finished the neck edge with my coverstitch machine and binders.

I bought this same fabric in red and am wondering if I should just make up the same top again?  Only looking at the sleeves in the photos, I think I need to adjust the fit of the sleeves in the upper arm.


  1. Love this pattern and your modification will provide all the benefits I like but change it up a bit and make it more wearable. Hope to wrap my head around the pattern mods. Karen

  2. Its a really interesting top, so nice to see it worn for different occasions. I like it with the smaller belly ;).
    Your fabric choice looks perfect for the pattern, a beautiful drape and a colour that can be dressed up or casual, just right for travelling (or any small wardrobe!)

  3. Don't ever visit Sydney again without saying hello! Love your new top. I picked that pattern out as one I'd eventually get around to sewing.

    1. Thanks Gail! It was a rushed visit with lots of family but I'd love to come back and catch up with other sewers and spend more time in fabric shops....

  4. What a great versatile top! Works so well with lots of different bottoms.

  5. When I saw your first picture in this post, I thought "that top looks so much better on her than in the magazine". A ha! There was a reason for that. Thanks for sharing all the alterations you made. This top in red would get a lot of wear by me. Great color and style.