I like to keep a close eye on the latest Burda releases, and when this pattern was announced, I knew I had to make it. The drama! The boxiness! Those sleeves!
I first bought the dress variation, Shift Dress with Side Pockets 04/2015 #124, but as the muslin was entirely unflattering, resolved to make the top instead. My top tip for those who purchase Burda downloads, rather than the magazines, is that each individual pattern actually has variations on the pattern sheet. It generally won’t be stated in the pattern listing, nor will you receive instructions for the other patterns, but if you inspect the pattern sheet, it will have pattern pieces/markings for other variations, with the numbers marked.
For instance, this pattern was not only the Shift Dress with Side Pockets 04/2015 #124, but also Shirt with Bat Sleeves 04/2015 #123A and Bat Sleeve Shirt 04/2015 #123B (which are just variations on a basically identical pattern). These are fairly similar patterns, but sometimes you completely luck out and get a multitude of patterns in different styles and shapes. I just wish Burda would admit to sharing pattern sheets on their website, so you could know for sure which patterns you are buying before laying down your cash.
So, back to the top. I actually made a muslin as I was unsure if I would like the fit, and was reassured that it was the right pattern for me. It was also a good way to test how the pattern pieces fit together: the back is one huge piece which swoops to the front, and is seamed together as a tube to form the sleeves, with the front piece connecting in a raglan-style seam.
I managed to Tetris the pieces together (can I use Tetris as a verb?), and was thrilled to wear it – only to discover that the front neckline was far wider than any bra or singlet I owned. I’m not quite sure how I made and fitted a muslin without realising this, and am quite shitty with myself over it. A size down (from 42 to 40) in the neck area would have fit just as well, and not have the dramatic neckline interrupted by my grubby tank tops.
But overall, I love this shirt. I feel it perfectly reflects my personality – slightly ridiculous, and almost obnoxiously cheerful. With its bright yellow colour, it manages to cheer me up when I wear it, which is a much-needed panacea right now!
Pattern: Burda Bat Sleeve Shirt 04/2015 #123B
Pattern details: boxy top with batwing sleeves. Comes with other top variation and a dress variation on pattern sheet. Available in Burda magazine or as a PDF download in sizes 34-44.
Fabric: 2m x 115cm Japanese slub cotton – canary yellow from The Remnant Warehouse.
Other materials: Sheerweft interfacing, for facings. Strips of Tessuti lightweight interfacing, to stabilise neck and armhole seam
Mods: Lengthened 6cm. Separate faced sleeve hem due to lack of fabric.