Saturday, March 29, 2014

Burda 3/2014 #105-- Cropped Blouse


Check it out, I made a mullet blouse... a CROPPED one at that.  I couldn't stop thinking about this pattern since it was released in the March issue of Burda (it's also downloadable here, too.)  This is Burda 3/2014 # 105.  There's an A and B version, but they are identical, only different fabric was used in the magazine.  This is not my usual cup of tea but that's the fun of sewing, making some fun stuff out of my comfort zone.   
I made a straight size 42.  I usually will grade out to a 46 below the waist, but it barely goes below the waist and it's quite voluminous. The material is a rayon challis zig zag print from Fabric Mart.  


It's a fairly straight forward pattern to sew up.  I tried to follow along with the directions, but they just felt bamboozled.  I went it on my own pretty much the whole way.  The back (the lower piece) is slightly curved on the seam that meets the back yoke... I thought that this made my zig zag look a little off, but in the photos I barely notice it.  Only you seamstress people would ever notice anyhow.  


I'm having a hard time deciding if I like the collar.  It just sort of flips around and flops down.  Then I looked at the two models in the magazine (here they are on Burda's website here and here) and realized they had the same issue.


I was super careful about the matching up the print on all the seams, you'd never know there is one right down the center.  But I obviously sleepwalked right through cutting the sleeves to match the zig zags, they don't match! Ugh!!! Oh well, that's life.


I found that the shoulder seams extend past my shoulder points.  I'm thinking it's something to do with the wide open neckline paired with a very drape-y material.


You can really see how much ease the bodice has.  If you're one to grade up on the lower bodice of tops for a pear shape like I normally do, it's not necessary at all.  It's still too chilly to wear this top here in my neck of the woods, I wonder if this one will be worn on a regular basis, I'm not exactly sure yet.


It may be difficult to spot in any of the photos but I do have itty bitty vintage lavender buttons on the cuffs and collar.  My seams are all encased, french seams all the way here.  I did not feel like fussing with faux french seams on the sleeves so I sucked it up and just used my serger.  My hem is a narrow machine rolled hem.  


I didn't lengthen anything here, I wanted the design as is to wear over a tank top.  You won't catch me ever with this top worn alone, this I'm sure of, people!


Overall, I think it's pretty cute.  I good option for the (eventual) arrival of spring.  Has anyone else made this top yet??  I'd love to see your version.  Did the collar bother you some, too?  Show me!!

16 comments:

  1. It's so cute on you!!! And challis is like the greatest thing ever! I was going to try a chambray. I'm now thinking of other options.

    Yay!!! So much cuteness in April. Can't wait to see more!

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    1. Thank you! I really truly was unsure about this top until I got it up in the light of day and photographed it. Now your turn... do it!! DO it Do it!

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  2. Cute! That fabric is amazing. I hope you get a ton of wear out of it soon!

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    1. Thanks, Kelly! I'm thinking I might wear this one now that I've had some time to stew on it.

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  3. Nice! This is one of the patterns that caught my eye too, so I'm happy to see you've made it up already! I do think that when (if) I get to it, I will lengthen it. Nobody needs to see my muffin top, LOL!

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    1. Thanks, Gail. I am a little surprised at me being so attracted to this pattern. Yeah, lengthening it would be good if you feel uncomfortable with any mid section shapes you don't want to show (I'm 5'8" with a pretty average length top half) You'd have to beat me senseless before ever making me wear this without a shirt under it.

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  4. Cute little top - jazzes up the jeans and tee combo really well.

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    1. Thanks, Sue! I'm really trying to get more separates like this sewn up, I need them badly.

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  5. I love the "mullet" description...but how can it be "business in the front, party in the back" with that jazzy print? Looks like Missoni, so whatever you do, don't cop to Fabric Mart.

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    1. Ha! Thanks! It is Missoni-esque... not sure if it is or not, but it could be. I've made other stuff with Missoni fabric and always love the zig zags.

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  6. I like it but mij english is not so good.

    Corina

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  7. I certainly hope you get to wear it ~ it looks great! Those zig zags/colours work really well with your jeans ... J

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  8. I bet you've been nominated before but... :) I've nominated you for a Liebster!

    http://sewcraftychemist.blogspot.com/2014/03/a-liebster-for-me.html

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    1. Oh how cool!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    2. I did happen to do one about a year or so ago. http://www.kathy-sews.com/2013/01/so-many-teriffic-bloggers.html #10 is sorta half true now... I am teaching myself how to play ukulele. The baking and eating ones... those are terribly oh so true still.

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  9. I just bought this pattern and I'm feeling more confident about starting the project now that I've read your comments. I've never worked with a Burda pattern before, so I hope my slip isn't showing, but it looks like this pattern can also be sewn as a shirt dress with a gathered waist and side-seam pockets. Did you discover that as well?

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