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Burda cropped peasant top

In the nick of time I finished the Burda peasant top for Anja’s end of school celebration. So let’s take a look at the end result.

The fabric is a soft rayon (viscose) with a blue Inca inspired print and is from Stoff & Stil (you’ll find it here). It was a perfect choice for this top since it is supple with a nice drape and goes very well with gathers.

The pattern I used is an out of print paper pattern from Burda nr 85 17. The top is meant to be worn at the edge of the shoulder, but Anja like her more pulled down. I used the crop top version, but made it about 10 cm (4 inches) longer since the original version ended just under the bust and she wanted it longer.


I used elastic thread smocking for the waist instead of the casing that was in the original pattern, to create a wider and less rigid waist. Stay tuned for a tutorial on how I do in a very quick and easy manner.

For the shoulder and sleeves I used narrow elastic in casings. I left some wiggle room in sleeves since elastic that sits tight around the arms are not a very fun feeling

So that was the end result. She was very happy with how the top turned out, though perhaps she would have preferred an even longer bodice with a wider elastic smock, but since I was unable to fit in on her until the day before the celebration, it was a case of making it work 🙂

My review of the pattern over at Pattern Review


  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    June 21, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Anja is being patient while you take her photos 🙂 Very cute blouse! Suits her to a T.

    • Johanna
      June 22, 2017 at 8:24 am

      Yes, she is not as fond of modelling as I am. She prefers to be behind the camera!

  • Elizabeth
    June 22, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    What a cute top. The elastic works really well with this fabric; it adds a nice soft look to the top. I totally agree with you about elastic in the arms!

    • Johanna
      June 24, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      Yes! It’s such a bummer when buying ready to wear and the elastic sits so tight, I actually altered a dress once replacing the elastic to make it more comfortable.


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