This blouse has a special meaning to me for two reasons. First of all, it feels as if I have undergone a rite of passion. This blouse was made using a Burdastyle downloaded pattern! And I made it, even with the crappy instructions!! Secondly, the floral fabric you see was sent to me by the wonderfully stylish Ange from Blacklabel blog. When Ange made this amazing Kimono, I admired her fabric, and before I knew it, she had sent me some in the post. How generous is our sewing community?
So let’s talk fabric first. This is a Ramie fabric. Ange tells you about it more in her kimono post. It has a light and breezy feel to it like cotton, but a little like the texture of linen. It does wrinkle somewhat, but hey, it didn’t give me any problems sewing it. I LOVE the print. It IS summer in fabric form, for me.
So, I think Ange sent me around 1.5 metres of this fabric, and I could have gone for something simpler, but I have had my eye on the placket blouse pattern from Burdastyle for a while. Of course, I didn’t have quite enough material to make it, so I decided to make more of a feature of the bib and cut that from a white dobby cotton lawn that I had. In fact, I decided to use my pintuck foot and pintucked the entire bib area. This was done before cutting the bib pieces out.
I also made the piping myself from some lilac coloured cotton lawn I had in my stash. Making the piping (including making the bias binding) and doing the pintucking added on several hours to his project. I also cut the inner yoke, the collar and button bands from the same white dobby cotton. I decided to use the bias binding to bind the neck seam line.
I used french seams on pretty much everything else. I decided to shorten the sleeves. Unfortunately I didn’t consider the fact that my elbows are considerably wider than my wrists, and to compensate for this I made the pleats at the cuff miniscule, and I also had to extend the cuff pieces by a couple of inches. You really can’t tell. I handsewed the hem. I tried machine stitching it at first, and it just looked terrible due to the curvy hem and trying to ease the fabric in.
A button placket outlined in contrasting piping gives just a hint of folk to this three quarter sleeve blouse. Pair it with boyfriend jeans and flats for a sweet weekend outfit.
44 – 52 Burdastyle sizing
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. Although I omitted the piping at the collar, and used a contrasting fabric for the bib and collar.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I managed (insert smug smile)! Burdastyle. ’nuff said.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I am happy with the finished blouse. It is the perfect summer blouse. I don’t know if the contrast bib makes me look a bit too busty. I don’t care because I love it 🙂
A floral ramie. Sent to me by a special friend 🙂 Dobby cotton lawn for the bib, inner yoke, button bands and collar.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I pintucked the bib area before cutting it out.
I bound the collar/ neck seam.
I shortened the sleeves and ended up making the pleats as small as possible and extending the cuff pieces to compensate for the extra width needed.
No major changes needed.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
This pattern is one I would like to sew again. Perhaps in a single colour. Or a plaid. Or a chambray. Limitless possibilities. I would recommend to someone with some experience who can puzzle the instructions out.
The perfect summer blouse.
Have a great week wherever you are. And if you are lucky enough to have a long weekend, enjoy it!