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.

62 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


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