Yesterday when I completed this top (Burda 7828) I said that I liked it but didn't love it. It was that goofy side tie that sits right underneath the bust. No matter how much I fussed I just couldn't get it to look good.
So of course I went to PatternReview to read any reviews on this pattern looking for clues as to how to make it work. Well, I found clues alright - both reviewers eliminated the tie.
Ah ha! That sounded like the perfect solution to me so off with the tie. Five minutes of work and I now have a shirt that I still don't *love* but I like a whole lot more.
This shirt is so incredibly easy to sew - especially when you leave that pesky side tie off. The pattern calls for a decorative stretch lace to finish the neckline. I didn't have any of that stashed away, but I did have fold-over elastic in both white and black. Since I bought it about seven years ago I think it's about time I tried it, don't you agree?
Easy, easy, easy - and look what a nice clean finish it gives the neck edge.
I'm definitely going to be using the rest of my stash of fold-over elastic on future knit projects ... especially knowing that the white is dyeable so I'll be able to match any fabric I choose.
With the side tie gone I may even sew myself another one before handing off the pattern to J.
The full review is here