Burda 7489 is a pattern for a woman's sleeveless top with side tie bow, narrow leg pants with inverted pleats at waist, and a short sleeve jacket. I made the sleeveless top and the pants, view B & C. The top is made with a cotton lawn print and the pants are a very dark navy linen/rayon blend. Here is the amazing news. Neither pattern needed any alterations. I sewed up the size 10 on both. The pants are a departure from my normal style, but I admit I love the look and they are easy to wear. Here is the completed outfit.
The blouse is very easy to construct. The neckline and armholes are finished with facings. The edges were so short before needing to turn a corner that I didn't feel like I could understitch. That is one thing I am not as happy with in the design of this top, but it is minor and with this print it is hardly noticeable where the facing peeks out a bit. The hardest part is how cumbersome the bow hem is because it is so wide. The top also requires 3 yards of fabric if you cut the bow on the bias as the pattern recommends. I think you could sew this without it being cut on the bias and still have good results. Here are a couple of close-ups.
The pants are well drafted. I am truly amazed they fit me so perfectly. I love how wide the waist band is. It will be a nice focal point with tucked in tops. The inverted pleats are also a stylish detail. The pooling at the ankles gives you plenty of room when you sit down. The pants do not pull across the top of your legs even though the ankle is so snug.
This outfit took me a bit longer than I anticipated, though I wouldn't blame that on difficulty. According to Burda, an average sewer can sew this up, and I would agree. The instructions were easy to follow. Yay! Two items down and eight to go!