Sewing: Burdastyle Ute #6020

By Tiffany - Friday, May 03, 2013

I've finished my second Burdastyle Ute! This shirt was part of the Black and White Challenge I had with the sewing group Stitch Once, Rip Twice.

Update: You can see everyone else's Black and White Challenge projects here at Diane's Vintage Zest.

The big unveiling and my notes are after the jump...

I think it has turned out very well. I wanted to try something with some collar detail and this pattern has it in spades.


  • Stretch Cotton: $16
  • Interfacing (already had): $0 
  • Buttons (from old shirts): $3.30
  • Pattern (already had): $0


BurdaStyle Ute (6020) 

In the beginging, I had thought of doing the peter pan collar in all black, but I think that would be too much. So, I decided to do piping instead. It highlights the details of the shirt without being too much.


I made a size 36 on top and a size 38 on the bottom. I made many of the same types of alterations from my first Ute. And there are a few other changes I mention in my Ute Sew-along.

What I Learned

One thing I learned is that I don't like (and my sewing machine doesn't like) sewing with this stretch cotton. There were many times when my machine just started skipping stitches. It definitely made the whole process a lot longer.

The fabric also wrinkles quite a bit when wearing it. Overall, it does not feel quite as fancy as I hoped. Maybe I should try high quality shirting fabric next.

A dressform would have made the process a lot quicker as well. It's hard to make something fitted when you are wearing it.

I made this shirt a light colour because I realized I didn't have a lot of light colour shirts in my wardrobe. But now that I see me wearing it, I remember why I don't. I'm average height, but when I wear something light on top with dark pants, I look short and stumpy. This shirt would probably look better if I wear a skirt or shorts and/or lighter colours underneath.

Here is the shirt with black pants:

What do you think?

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  1. I think it looks great on you! I love the detailing you did with the collar and the sleeves. And since I hate pants, yes, I tend to think it would look better with a skirt - and something high waisted might even give if a totally different feel! But I love it! Well done!

  2. Love it! will look great tucked in too.

  3. The piping is such a good idea! It's super cute, and you did a great job. :)

  4. I love piping and polka dot together! Super cute :)

  5. Love this patterrn. Fab interpretation.