Burda 2/2017 #106A: V-Neck Tank

Burda 2/2017 #106A is the illustrated sewing course pattern for the February 2017 issue. It features a pleat at the center front V-neck and a button closure at the center back neck.  The defining feature is a ruffle that extends from the middle of the back all the way down to the side seam at the front waist, forming a cap sleeve over the shoulder. The neckline is finished with a facing, and the armholes are finished with bias binding.

The fabric I used was a silk georgette from Fabric Mart. I needed only 2 yards of this 43″ fabric.

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Fitting adjustments:

I started with a size 38 and made the following alterations:

    • Lengthened 2″
    • Added a 3/4″ dart to the back shoulder
    • 3/8″ forward shoulder alteration
    • 1/4″ sloped shoulder alteration
    • Added a total of 2.5″ to the hip
    • Extended the bust dart 1/2″ towards the center front



  • Instead of doing a narrow hem for the shoulders (which was maddening in this very lightweight, floaty fabric) I finished the edge using a rolled hem on my serger. It looks really nice with the Magnifico thread I used.
  • I also used the Magnifico thread for general construction. My go-to threads for everyday sewing are Gutermann Mara 100 or Mettler, but when working with silks and other extremely lightweight and delicate fabrics I like to use either Magnifico or #50 Tire silk thread (depending on which one has the better color match). These threads also make beautiful buttonholes in lighter weight fabrics.
  • The strap width is around 2″, very bra-strap friendly, especially with the ruffle overlay.
  • Since I plan on tucking this in most, if not all the time, I finished the hem with a two-thread serger stitch instead of a narrow hem. The thread is nice enough and blends into the pattern that even if I don’t tuck it in it still looks presentable.
  • I can easily pull this over my head without having to undo the button at the center back.

64 thoughts on “Burda 2/2017 #106A: V-Neck Tank

  1. Once again, you’ve spotlighted a pattern I had completely overlooked, and you did it beautifully. I’d expect to see this top in a very expensive boutique. Good job! Also….very glad (and relieved) that you’re back and you’re sewing.

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  2. What a lovely addition to my day – reading a blog from you! Your blog is one of my absolute favorites, hope to read more from you in the future. The top is beautiful!

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  3. So good to see you back blogging, I love reading your blog as you are so detail oriented with your sewing process that the reader can easily follow the pattern alteration. I do reference your blog when altering patterns

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  4. So good to see this blog post–I had missed it until now. I love reading your notes on how you alter garments, and it inspires me to keep sewing when I want to give up because fitting garments is difficult for me. Your work is impeccable, and I hope we all see more from you!


  5. well lady…..we have all missed you …but you have buggered off again it seems ???…I gave up checking for new posts but I thought of you tonight because im reorganising my patterns and I remembered what a great job you made of the Style Arc Madeline Top so I checked your blog again….Not many people get close to 60 comments on a blog post nowadays ( its usually about 10-15) so you can see t hat you have a very loyal following that appreciate your quality and technical approach to sewing.


  6. I love diagonal prints. This color compliments your coloring nicely. Thanks for sharing. I have so been looking forward to posts from you again. Thank you. Deedee


  7. Hi, I just recently found your blog and I am in awe of the flawless fitting you achieve with every single pattern and style. I have never been much of a dressmaker but I once got Nancy Zieman’s book where she describes the pivot/slide alteration method which was simply beautiful in my rational mind. I’m curious to know your process for determining what needs to be changed and how you go about it. Do you typically sew muslins? Work on the pattern drawings directly? What’s your preferred method and approach?
    Thank you so much for taking the time to share all this beautiful clothes with the world.


    1. Sorry for the late reply! I don’t typically sew muslins. I depend mostly on flat pattern measurements and sticking to brands which have consistent drafting (like Burda and Style Arc). I am also careful with the styles I choose, especially since my time is much more limited recently.


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