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Friday, April 27, 2012

Burda Style 05/2012 - 105 Blouse

Thank you for the feedback on my two skirts, I'm wearing the border print one right now with a black shirt belted on top so I already have 2 top options to wear with it.  Just want to answer a couple of queries before we crack on with my new blouse;

On the border print skirt
  • It is unlined, but it would be easy to add a lining and attach it to the top of the skirt pieces before putting the waistband on.

On the maxi skirt
  • It has side seams, no centre back seam, this is so I could shape it to fit me, but it would be an even quicker sew with just one seam up the back - you'd then need to make it straight all the way up and will have a bit more fullness at the waist.
  • The width at the hem is approximately 46 inches.  I did consider putting splits in the side seams but found this was comfortable enough to walk in without them in this stretchy fabric.
  • The shirt was not made, but bought very cheaply at an export shop here which sell factory samples and overruns.  The buttons say Next (a UK store) and the label says Calvin Klein.  It is probably neither!
So onto new stuff......


Like many of you I found lots to love in the May issue of Burda, I've made a list, traced a bunch of patterns so we will see how many I get around to making up.  I also had a splurge on Vogue patterns in the latest sale so I feel a need to make some of the Vogues from previous releases that are still sitting pristinely in their envelopes.

Anyway I decided to start with this simple but interesting top with a tie overlay - #105.  


I used a paisley patterned batiste from my stash which of course does not go with any of the skirts I made recently, but that is the way I sew (i.e. totally randomly).  It is quite a delicate fabric but the front overlay stops it being indecent!



This was really easy to sew, I did make a couple of changes;

  • I cut the back on the fold - I can't see the point in putting in a centre back seam if it is going to be straight. 
  • Be sure to finish or fold in the front facing edge before attaching the neck facing per the instructions or you will be stuck with an unfinished edge.  Burda made this up in jersey so maybe they saw no need to finish the edge (the instructions also say not to add a seam allowance to this edge which I ignored)
  • I used 4 buttons instead of 3 snaps


Things to look out for;
  • The sleeve bands are about as snug as I would want them, check before you sew.
  • There is a lot of fullness in the front, if you are not comfortable with this then you can add darts as  blouses 103 and 104 use the same pattern pieces.  I'm resisting the urge to do this for now because I think it will be perfect when the humidity hits 99.9% here.
 


30 comments:

the craftytraveller said...

this blouse is lovely - perfect for summer!

Louise said...

Pretty top. I used to buy Burda magazine years ago. I dont know if I have the patience to trace off the patterns anymore. I shall have a look next time Im in town, see if they are as complex as I remembered.
louise

Karin said...

Oooooh, I like this! It looks nice, but still cool and comfortable for summer.

Sew-4-Fun said...

Very nice Alison. Unusual design too. It's nice to see Burda getting back to producing some interesting patterns that aren't sacks.

velosewer said...

You picked a lovely paisley for this top. The colours in the fabric are very clear for a paisley. Great top design too.

Siebensachen said...

Very nice top! Your fabric seems to be one of those fabulous Liberty prints.
Siebensachen (from Germany)

Nancy K said...

I am glad to see this made up on a real person. It looks wonderful on you and perfect for summer heat and humidity.
I too love the May issue and was hoping that it foretold a return to wearable clothing unfortunately June's previews don't show that to be true.

janessewandtell said...

Lovely shirt. I missed how nice this was when I read the magazine, your version is very pretty

janessewandtell said...

Lovely shirt. I missed how nice this was when I read the magazine, your version is very pretty

alethia said...

Lovely top

Надежда said...

Very nice top!

Beth (SunnyGal Studio) said...

super cute!

Reethi said...

Oh I love this!

prttynpnk said...

I like this- especially your fabric choice- if I had your figure, I'd make one too! Lovely.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Well I'm glad that you found some bottoms to wear with this very pretty print top!

T. Sedai said...

I love this shirt! It was one of my favorites from the magazine, and now I think I really need to make one!

Audrey said...

Your blouse is perfect for hot humid wearther and pretty as well. The pattern made a much nicer blouse than I originally thought it would, based on the burda mag picture.

Susan said...

The fabric is a perfect choice for that style top. Very beautiful.

MySummerTouch said...
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MySummerTouch said...

This is a very nice blouse, as always! I wanted to ask you how Burda's patterns fit you - do you change anything regularly?
on Russian forums sewists usually change the back to a smaller size because it is too wide, and I have to do it too usually. What about you?

Marjorie said...

I have this ticked in my May issue which arrived yesterday, so it is great to see that you have made it up and your tips on the instructions. Your version is very pretty and you look great in it. It will be a useful blouse for the next Brisbane steamy summer,

Myra said...

This is a really nice top! Love your fabric selection!

Gail said...

I am so pleased that Burda has lifted its game with some great patterns to look forward to. I love this blouse, pretty without being twee.

countrygirlcouture said...

Oooh! So pretty! I adore the lines on this pattern, and you chose a really nice fabric to complement it. :-)

j.kaori said...

Really pretty blouse. I saw this one in the magazine but wasn't sure how it would look -- so nice to see that the pattern results in such a great-looking blouse. Thank you for the tips as well!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Cute! The fabric is gorgeous, and does look perfect for hot days (cold and cloudy here today, *sigh*).

themateriallady said...

Very pretty blouse. Yet again I am wondering if I was right to cancel my Burda subscription.....

Maria said...

Just beautiful! I was waiting for someone to make this top and now I'm convinced it's worth the trouble! Well done!

Jacquie said...

Very pretty blouse Allison. Burda has had quite a few great patterns of late. I bought rather a lot of the new Vogue patterns too - BMV were nicely quick off the mark at putting them on sale this week. I can add them to the last lot of Vogues I haven't made!

SEWN said...

Wow, this blouse is so cute on. The line drawing had me worried it would look maternity like, but not at all on you. Cute!