Saturday, March 1, 2014

Burda 6/2013 #119: A Breezy Blouse For Spring


After my last project I really wanted to sew something up that was breezy, easy and helps invite winter to take a hike already.  This sweet little blouse Burda 6/2013 #119... actually it's a combo of  #118 and #119  in that issue.  I used #119 but used a pattern piece for a standing collar from #118.   This shirt helps fill a major gap in my wardrobe: easy, casual tops for spring and early summer (mid-summer here is a hot, sweaty mess, so it's all sleeveless for me then.)


Yes, it was a bit nippy outside today to take these photos, but I really want to take all my pictures outside from now on, this is why my hands are stuffed in my pockets in every shot!  Natural light is terrific.  I never photoshop my images-- who has the time? I'd rather be sewing-- so it's a million times easier to take clear photos in the light of day.


I used this really lovely silk/cotton voile 100% cotton voile from Fabric Mart .  It's so light and fresh feeling to wear.  I didn't realize it was dry clean only and tossed it in my washing machine for the pre-wash.  Oops.  But it came out completely fine, I'll just use the delicate cycle or hand wash it if I'm in the mood.  (3/8/14: Julie at Fabric Mart let me know that this is actually all cotton, they had a typo on their web site... no wonder it washed up so easily!)


I also used pattern #120 a smidge, a shirt dress, in the same Burda issue.  It had darts drawn on the pattern for both the back and front.  I made a muslin of this top so I could try out the fit, worried I'd need a swayback adjustment.  Using the vertical darts in back made the fit perfect with no other alterations.  They are almost impossible to see with such a busy print.


I like the look both tucked and untucked since I got such a nice fit.  I cut my standard Burda size of 42 and graded out at the hip to about a 46.  I can't believe I didn't need to alter anything after making my normal size.



I put only one pocket on, it's basically invisible anyhow.  I had these delicate little vintage shell buttons in my collection from my Great Aunt Anna-- they looked like they came off another garment, I wonder what she saved them from?!


I used french seams since this is such a lighteweight, semi-sheer fabric.  I didn't feel like fiddling with mock french seams on the sleeves so I did serge them.  My hems are are narrow machine rolled hems.


Why am I squinting?  There is no friggin' sun out.  Suck it winter... come on Spring!  On to the next sewing project...

**The photos were taken at Cylburn Arboretum, Baltimore, Maryland.

**YES, I HAVE CHANGED MY DOMAIN ADDRESS!! It was (and still can be read as usual via) www.KathhhhhySews.blogspot.com.  It is now www.Kathy-Sews.com.  It's just being redirected to the new, simple to remember domain address.  I am still using the Blogger platform to blog on... and you can still type in all those H's to find me at the Blogger address, too.

**I've also removed Disqus from my comments area.  It has given me more issues then I wanted all these months I've had it-- and after changing domains and updating my info with them Disqus was working improperly deleting comments randomly.

**And now I'm just claiming the other listing of my blog www.Kathy-Sews.com on that website... no big woop.
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16 comments:

  1. Had to stop by to say I love your blouse. Here in Phoenix, that would be wonderful to wear all year! BTW, love all you're sewing choices, and your fab results!

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    1. Thank you Cherie! Oh, I wish I could be I Phoenix right now for the weather you have!

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  2. I had to double take Domain name change??

    Anyhow, this issue is one I have on loan from the library. I worried how that front yoke would play out. Of course now I want to sew it. :)

    Cute top! Let's will spring to arrive already!

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    1. Yes, yes... I changed my domain! I forgot to mention it in my post, so I just updated it with that so people aren't like, what's this crap all about?!
      And thank you so much for the kind words, too!! Dang you and your most excellent library with old Burdas! My library will not do that.

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  3. You made a beautiful blouse from a beautiful fabric!

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  4. True Kathy the darts and pockets are invisible but the blouse looks very fitted and comfortable.. :) Lovely skirt too ;D

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    1. Thanks Diya! And I hope you submitted you gorgeous dress to the PatternReview contest... I WILL be looking to vote for it :)

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  5. Great work - the fit is perfect, especially at the back. Your shirt turned out much better than the pattern suggests (isn't that always the way with Burda?)

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    1. Thank you Kristy! I am still really shocked at the lack of swayback adjustment needed... I am the queen of sway back adjustments for sure. The photos of the blouse on the models in the issue were actually pretty nice... I would have never made this blouse if I saw the technical drawing alone, it looks a bit dowdy, to be honest. But luckily mine isn't (I think!)

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  6. Fun shirt! Totally understand the tech transitions. That's why I moved totally to Weebly and point my host to weebly. Drag and drop baby. For my whole site & blog. It's the only way for me. I fought wordpress, blogger (the photos get weird sometimes) and many others. I've been SO happy with Weebly, I have never looked back - only pulled the old files. Best of luck to you on your new host, URL, comment hoster and such. Letting go of unnecessary tech challenges means more time for sewing!

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    1. Thanks Gwen! I am not familiar with weebly. I am going to look at them. Overall I am fairly happy with blogger but I would prefer something better... but I just don't want to invest the time and effort now. I was just shocked at how disqus wouldn't work, then I did a web search to see if other folks were this annoyed and it seemed I was in the minority... maybe I am special :)

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  7. Pretty blouse! The fit is great and I love the fabric!

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  8. So I've been eyeing that voile from FM for forever and yeah I think I'm gonna have to get it now.

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    1. Secret... I got it in a bundle :) I forgot to mention that in the post. But I see they have voiles on sale this week! I want more breezy, pretty fabric, too.

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