THE SEWING DIVAS sewing, design, fashion

October 29, 2006

Pattern Review – Burda 8028

Filed under: Pattern Reviews — Gorgeous Things @ 2:01 pm

Description: From Burda’s Website, “Pullover in normal width but in narrow look, with V-neckline. You can choose between a neck panel and or various collars. A,B & C are the long versions with broad hip level waistband which will look particularly attractive with narrow trousers/pants.” I made View C. Here’s the Technical Drawing.

Fabric Used: Wool ribbed sweater knit that I bought at Metro Textiles in New York when I was there with Barbara and Carolyn two weeks ago.

Pattern Sizing: 36-50. I used 40, In all honesty, I should probably use size 38 and adjust the full bust and the hips. The shoulders are more dropped than I was expecting, though now that I look at the photograph, they are pretty dropped on the model, too.

Comments on the Instructions: This was a pretty straightforward pattern for the most part. The only tricky part is the collar. I found the collar instructions mostly unintelligible when it came to the pleat, and in fact I ended up putting the pleat on the inside of the collar. The line drawings show the pleat on the outside. It’s not noticeable, so I will leave it. But I wouldn’t recommend this for folks who haven’t a pretty good sewing background. Other than that I didn’t use the instructions too much. I spent more time playing with the tensions on my serger and sewing machine to avoid stretching the sweater too much on the horizontal grains.

The other thing that I did differently is the sleeves. Why do pattern companies insist on having you do set in sleeves in knit garments? This sleeve doesn’t have that much ease in it. Instead of inserting it using an eased-in method, do yourself a favor and sew it in shirt-style, before you close the side and underarm seams. This will make your life so much easier.

General Comments: This is a very cozy pattern. I made it up slightly differently than the way they recommend, because I was trying to get kids to football practice and games, and helping them with projects and making their Halloween costumes. But the pattern is well drafted, and I’m sure without all the distractions it would go together beautifully. I would also recommend making this into a dress. To do that, don’t bother to fold the hip band, just attach the top of the band to the bottom of the body of the sweater, and use a 2 inch hem at the bottom. I almost left it that way, but I decided I want a tunic sweater more than a dress. I may morph this into a dress for another version though. If I do, I’ll probably just tape the hip band pieces to the sweater body and cut them as one piece.

Conclusion: A great sweater pattern. I wish I could find one that has similar styling but is a cardigan. Time to draft one of my own.



  1. Ooh, that’s so pretty, Ann! I love the fabric!

    Comment by Gigi — October 29, 2006 @ 3:07 pm

  2. That is so great looking… I want one too!

    Comment by Erica B. — October 29, 2006 @ 6:33 pm

  3. And the belt is perfect too. The hip band is a nice suprise detail – it’s not obvious in the pattern photo.

    Comment by Phyllis — October 29, 2006 @ 6:35 pm

  4. Oh, this is beautiful! I bought the pattern a few weeks ago but haven’t been able to find the right knit yet. Sigh, I hope mine looks as good as yours.

    Comment by Sharon — October 29, 2006 @ 6:59 pm

  5. I just bought this pattern but had buyer’s remorse. I realize now it isn’t for me. Thanks for the review!

    Comment by candyo — October 29, 2006 @ 9:17 pm

  6. Great looking sweater, and with the belt , it looks “so now “

    Comment by Abi — October 30, 2006 @ 12:53 am

  7. Great looking sweater. Love the color and I know it will look good on you.

    Comment by Linda — October 30, 2006 @ 2:26 am

  8. Beautiful sweater. I too didn’t notice the hip band or the pleat until I saw the technical drawing. It must look lovely on and I bet it will keep you warm.

    Comment by Linda — October 30, 2006 @ 4:59 am

  9. Beautiful as always, Ann! wrt the sleeves, I rarely set my sleeves in anymore. I usually sew them in on the flat and allow the machine to ease the fabric when needed. I think this works for me as I rarely use a style that has a lot of gathering at the sleeve cap.

    Comment by Lorna — October 30, 2006 @ 6:30 am

  10. I saw your review on and had to check out your website. I love it. Great job on the sweater! In fact, it looks so good, I bought the pattern. I’m a little confused about how you made the collar smooth. I think you said you turned the pleat to the inside accidentally? It was a great mistake cause I think it looks much better than the original! I plan to eliminate the pleat alltogether if I can.

    Comment by GirlWhoGames — October 30, 2006 @ 12:03 pm

  11. Ann, great top. Love it! How will you fashion it on the bottom? Skinny pants or skirt? 🙂

    Comment by Kelly — October 30, 2006 @ 12:16 pm

  12. You know, I like it better without the neckline pleat. It’s a much cleaner, smoother line. I’m doing my very best to convince myself that I don’t need this pattern because heaven knows I won’t get around to sewing it this decade. But your review makes it hard to resist!

    Comment by Alicia — October 30, 2006 @ 7:27 pm

  13. “Ann, great top. Love it! How will you fashion it on the bottom? Skinny pants or skirt?”

    Kelly, I wore it with skinny jeans and flat boots today. I got a ton of compliments on it! Thanks everyone.

    Comment by Gorgeous Things — October 30, 2006 @ 7:53 pm

  14. Love, love, love it! The neckline is just impeccable. The belt gives a really ‘with it’ look, too. I feel the ‘copycat’ virus coming on.

    Comment by Barbara at Cat Fur Studio — November 2, 2006 @ 10:19 am

  15. oooh!! Instant love

    Comment by iheartcouture — January 14, 2007 @ 3:58 pm

  16. Hello. I think you are eactly thinking like Sukrat. I really loved the post.

    Comment by professional — July 20, 2008 @ 10:03 am

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