Thank me for the headless photos: this color palette looks horrible on me! But not on my lovely mother, for whom this top will be a Christmas present. It's funny: the older I get, the more I do resemble her, but for all that we are similar, the details are very different. Although we wear much the same clothing size, she is a bit taller than me, has a longer neck, broader shoulders and generally different proportions. She has delicate coloring (brown hair, hazel eyes, fair skin), but wears brighter colors and higher levels of contrast much better than I.
Burda 6990 is a newer envelope pattern, but I think it must be based on the popular Burda magazine 9-2010-121 funnel neck top pattern that was so popular on the blogs a couple of years back (a quick search turned up this post on Miss Celie's Pants, for example).
My mom does like some softness around her nicely-long neck, but she doesn't like to feel constricted. So I thought this pattern might fit both requirements. I made it to go under a black wool knit tunic (McCall's 6607) which I simply can't bring myself to show on me. It is so unflattering on my shape, but I certainly hope it works well on hers!
Anyway, Burda 6990: I think this pattern is really nice. See how it doesn't have excess fabric under the arms, despite the raglan construction? Nice.
I made a combination of size 10 through the bust, tapering to 12 through the lower torso and hem. I removed 1/2" of length at the upper length adjustment line, which runs mid-chest (5'2" me really needs this, but I think it will also be appropriate for my 5'4" mom), and shortened the very long sleeves by 3".
The fabric is a poly ITY knit from FabricMart.
That's about all there is to say about this top, but since the pattern hasn't been widely reviewed in its envelope incarnation, I thought I'd mention that I had a good experience with it.