Burda Plus Magazine French Dart T-shirt

I retook the picture. The camera is looking up at me, so it’s not the best angle, but I did get the timer to work. The t-shirt isn’t that bad. It’s just not as good as Kwik Sew 2565 on me. FrenchDart

On the left is another image with the t-shirt tucked in.

After having worn the top, I decided it was better than New Look 6143 but not as good as Kwik Sew 2565. See Pattern Sizing for comments on fit.

Oh, and I decided the funneling neckline wasn’t that bad.

Pattern Description: A yoked, french dart T-shirt in plus sizes.Burda Plus Spring 2004 French Dart T-shirt

Pattern Sizing:
Burda 44-52. I made a 46, had to add 1 inch to the bust width, and it’s very roomy. I’d say it runs large, but perhaps it is supposed to have lots of ease.

UPDATE: The top does run big. It slides off my shoulder; you know the feeling: “the neckline is cutting into your neck and one bra stap is showing” feeling. I should have trusted my judgement when I was altering the pattern; usually I have to add 2-3 inches for the bust dart. In this case, I only had to add 1 inch, and I think that difference should have clued me into the large shoulders and large back. I recommend cutting a size smaller.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?burda plus spring 2004 french dart t-shirt line drawing
For all that the model is slender with a small bust and I am about 60 pounds overweight with a very large bust, the model and I looked almost exactly the same, shapewise, in the tshirt.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. I think I followed the instructions. It’s a t-shirt, so at a certain point, I used my experience, not the directions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I wanted to make this t-shirt because I was curious about the french dart. I thought it might be a way for me to get more shaping in a shirt, but still have room for my hips. My breasts are so large, that if I don’t do something to pull things in at the waist, I look much, much heavier than I am.

I think the t-shirt runs large. When I was tissue fitting, I only had to add 1 inch to the width. I usually add 2-3 inches. However, the shoulders fit well. Perhaps, I just don’t like all the ease that is present in plus designs. I don’t usually make plus designs because when I look at the pictures, they have so much ease they look like shapeless sacks to me.

So while I’m still intrigued by french darts, this particular design is not my favorite.

The french dart was very easy to alter.

I think I used a 1/4 inch seam allowance (I was sewing a Kwik Sew tshirt with this one) on the neckline instead of the 5/8 inch that I put in the pattern pieces. The neckline funnels up. I decided to leave it like that. Uh, I mean, of course, I deliberately changed the design to have a funnel neck.

Fabric Used:
More of that pink with blue flowers print in cotton lycra knit. I was told it was a swimsuit fabric when I bought it several years ago to make a nursing top.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I increased the french dart to have room for the gigantic ones, and I left off the yoke.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I don’t think I’ll make it again. I like my Kwik Sew 2565 t-shirt. I might take the neckline (w/o the funnel effect) and the yoke and make a KS2565 with those changes.

An intriguing dart option that didn’t do what I was hoping for, but the shirt did come out looking almost exactly like the one in the picture, so I’m not sure why I expected something else.


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