Burdastyle Zipper Sweatshirt (Plus Size) 08/2014#136B: DIY Liberty Kindle Linford fleece sweatshirt

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Burdastyle Zipper Sweatshirt (Plus Size) 08/2014#136B: Liberty Kindle Linford fleece sweatshirt

Hey Readers,

I first made this Burdastyle sweatshirt pattern up 3 years ago – see here for my first version. I like the idea of a smarter looking sweatshirt, but the first version didn’t get worn too much because the fabric really wasn’t very good quality (started to pill after a few wears). Also, it is designed to be oversized, but I decided the fit needed refining some what.

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Burdastyle Zipper Sweatshirt (Plus Size) 08/2014#136B: Liberty Kindle Linford fleece sweatshirt
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Burdastyle Zipper Sweatshirt (Plus Size) 08/2014#136B: Liberty Kindle Linford fleece sweatshirt

I have to give full credit to Blogless Anna who made a Linden sweatshirt from the same fabric and who’s blog post I found invaluable in learning how to handle the Liberty fleece – go check her blog post out for all the details.

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Burdastyle Zipper Sweatshirt (Plus Size) 08/2014#136B: Liberty Kindle Linford fleece sweatshirt

So, here’s the deal. I have worn this sweatshirt already a fair bit. It is colourful, cheerful, snuggly and warm. The fabric, as you would expect from Liberty, is very good quality. But, I think this particular sweatshirt pattern is not for me. In fact, I think I have decided that Burdstyle plus size patterns might not be for me – at least if I use them I think I need to do small shoulder adjustments and maybe even address low armhole issues. Like I say I have worn this sweatshirt already, lots, but I don’t think the fit is great for me. Here’s the adjustments I made to this version:

  • Removed 2.5 inches from length of sleeves
  • Shortened shoulder darts by 1.5 inches
  • Slimmed body down by 1 inch all around
  • Slimmed sleeves down by approx. 4.5 inches (!)
  • Shortened length of sweatshirt by 2.5 inches
  • Twin needled the hem
  • Gathered the sleeves in to a cuff

So this is a useful garment to have in my casual wardrobe, but I think I need to find a different sweatshirt pattern. Either I try the Grainline Linden, or I try one of the big 4 versions (I actually have McCalls 7688 on its way to me, cos, you know, ruffles).

Until soon!

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Burdastyle Zipper Sweatshirt (Plus Size) 08/2014#136B: Liberty Kindle Linford fleece sweatshirt
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I love to shop, but I also love to sew my own clothes, and am currently on a mission to improve my (fairly basic) dressmaking skills. I confess to going into shops and being outraged at the prices of some (not very well made) garments (is it an age thing?) and think "huh, I could make some thing at least as good as that for less" (is it something to do with coming from the Indian subcontinent?) So this blog details my sewing endeavours, both good and bad....I love to nosey through other people's sewing projects....now everyone can get to see mine.

10 thoughts on “Burdastyle Zipper Sweatshirt (Plus Size) 08/2014#136B: DIY Liberty Kindle Linford fleece sweatshirt

  1. That fabric is gorgeous! McCalls 6992 is a good substitute for the Linden. I’ve made it a couple of times and it’s worked out well. It has shoulder darts which I particularly like in a raglan for a really nice fit.

  2. What a good idea! Good fit. Beautiful color. Great fitting tips. I need this top especially as it is only 9 degrees F here this morning. Thank you for all the information.

  3. It is so important to find a fit that works for you. I have a friend who swears by Burda, which works for her figure type, but not for me. We each are unique, aren’t we? Love the cheery color of your shirt – well done getting a better fit!

  4. The sweatshirt is really nice and I love the color – great for the winter season! I have similar issues with Burda patterns, and I always do an FBA. I think Burda tend to draft for broader shoulders, and that is more pronounced in the plus patterns. Sometimes I find it easier to start with a smaller, non-plus size and do a more substantial FBA. At least for me, that usually fits better through the shoulders and elsewhere. The low armhole, I suspect, is designed to accommodate a larger number of body sizes. In that sense, the armhole design is a lot like RTW, and also has the same fit issues as RTW. Recently I have begun to raise the armhole a little on Burda patterns. However the last McCall pattern I made I had to raise the armhole quite a bit, about an inch, on a somewhat tailored style, which was surprising.

    Thanks for your review! It reminded me that I’ve a sweatshirt on my list for awhile now.

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