BurdaStyle Tie Shoulder Tee

When I took my sewing machine in to get serviced before Christmas, the shop had a few back issues of Burda Style magazine discounted – so I bought one of each!


I do not need more things to make! I do not need more patterns! I make patterns for a living! I do not need to buy patterns! What is this irresistible allure I have to Burda Style magazine!? Why do I have to buy every single one I see?

One reason is they are quite hard to find at retail level in New Zealand. Unless you live or work near a book or sewing store that carries Burda Style, it would be hard to collect them all – you really need to subscribe if you want every single issue. So I like to buy them whenever I see them, partly to support the retailer for stocking them in the first place!

The second reason I snap them up whenever I see them is that they have real nostalgic value to me. Our family lived on a farm and the nearest pattern store was an hour and a half away, so browsing the pattern catalogues (at H&J Smith’s in Invercargill to be precise!) only happened occasionally. Once I discovered Burda, I could browse patterns anytime from the comfort of home, and I was free to dream about which of Mum’s fabrics I could cut up next 😉 Basically, Burda was my introduction to fashion design. Even now, a new magazine in my hands brings back the sense of excitement I had as a teenage girl!

Ok – by now you are probably wondering what this all has to do with the title ‘Tie Shoulder Tee’. Well, you’re correct if you guessed that I made a tie shoulder tee from one of those magazines! Number 101 from Burda Style 07/2019 to be precise.

Burdastyle #101 7/2019 Top Front

I used a white viscose/elastane jersey knit that has been in my stash a long time. It was used for this tee too! I was seriously looking for the leftover fabric a while back to make something, and despite turning my workroom upside down I couldn’t find it anywhere. And what do you know it turned up the other day randomly. Just in time for this top!

Burdastyle #101 7/2019 Top Side

I really like it, so simple and easy to wear, which seems to be the way I roll lately. I’d love one in black, and wouldn’t it look cute with the tie loop cut from striped grosgrain – or even leather?

Burdastyle #101 7/2019 Top Back

I thought I would start giving sewing tips specific to commercial sewing patterns that I make. Sewing instructions can often be vague or somewhat bizarre, so hopefully my ideas might help someone in our sewing community!

My Sewing Tips for #101 Burda 07/2019


The neck and armhole edges on this top are turned under and twin needled. Burda recommend a 1.5cm allowance here, and I followed their instructions, pressing the allowance to the wrong side and stretching where necessary around the curves. I needed to force things quite a bit around the underarm curve, and I wasn’t sure this method was going to be successful at all!

I decided to twin needle at 1cm to ensure all allowances underneath were caught, and this gave me the flexibility to adjust/narrow the hem allowance slightly around curves for a smoother result.

Burdastyle #101 07/2019 - pattern.scissors.cloth
Twin needle stitch from right side

Any protruding hem allowance was trimmed away. (As there is no problem with fraying in this fabric, I prefer to leave the edges raw to reduce bulk.)

Burdastyle #101 07/2019 pattern.scissors.cloth
Twin needle stitch from inside armhole


Burda begin their instructions by sewing both shoulder seams. I rejigged the order of construction for what I think is a neater neckline finish:

  • Sew/overlock R shoulder
  • Twin needle neckline and R armhole
  • Sew/overlock L shoulder
  • Twin needle L armhole
  • Sew/overlock side seams
Burdastyle #101 07/2019 - pattern.scissors.cloth
Burdastyle #101 07/2019 - pattern.scissors.cloth

There’s not much else to add for a simple top like this. It’s a super quickie or beginner project, as long as you have the hang of the twin needle. A classic with a twist as they say!


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9 thoughts on “BurdaStyle Tie Shoulder Tee

  1. Ah, a pile of Burda back copies – nice find! Their instructions can be vague, to say the least, and I’m not sure how I would have got on with them if I hadn’t been an experienced sewist. Pretty t-shirt; I’ve hemmed my Ts like this for ages now. It works fine and saves a load of time.

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  2. I think Burdas are as much fashion magazine as sewing resource… I love my stash of them even though I’ve only seen a few things and I have countless other patterns! It’s a very cute top!

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  3. Soooo empathise re Burda Style, about 8 years ago we were visiting Auckland and popped into the local newsagent in Pakuranga area, there was a Burda Style magazine, I grabbed it so fast. As a teenager the only source was the Auckland public library, they reinforced the cover and attached an envelope in the back cover for the pattern sheet. A school friend of mine traced off a pattern from the library copy and made this gorgeous green coat, worn with a double leather belt around her waist and over her shoulder – how euro chic. She would whip up these amazing garments in a weekend, my sewing skills then were much slower and amateur.

    Burda still pushes my sewing buttons – even those Dirndls they publish every year. I love your white blouse.

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  4. I just bookmarked this pattern! (as well as a cute tee in 6/2018 that I made before and a top from 6/2019!)

    I love it in white. So crisp!!

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  5. Cute T shirt. Your twin needling stitching looks wonderful, I thought it was overlocking until I read the post. The first Burda magazine I ever saw was on a vacation in Mexico back in the early 1980’s. It was in Spanish, which I did not read or speak. I purchased it and spent many hours looking at the pictures and trying to figure how to use the patterns. It was about 10 years later that I was able to get a subscription to the English version here in the US. I love my old Burda magazines.

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  6. Lovely top and I love reading your fond memories of Burda magazines and H&J’s in Invercargill! I remember visiting many fabric shops in Invercargill when I was a kid – we lived just outside In’gill and my Mum made all my clothes and taught me to sew. She used to make things from the latest Burda magazines which weren’t in fashion yet because we were a season behind Europe. So sometimes I was way ahead of the fashion in NZ but other times that particular fashion never made it here, so I looked a little out of place! Ha ha! I have a stash of a few Burda and quite a few Carina (Young Burda) magazines from the 80’s – they’re great!

    Oh how I wish I could get my twin needle to behave, as the finish looks so much better than the zig-zag I end up using instead.

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