Monday, January 3, 2011

Burda Blouse 9/2007 - 101

I've been quite productive - sewingwise - during the last three days and completed two new garments. Having a couple of weeks off from the job is great - it's only now that I can see how much my job is standing my life in its way :-D.

I've completed the Simplicity 2754 dress I was blogging about a couple of weeks ago. There are only buttons missing, which I intend to buy tomorrow, hopefully.

The other piece of clothes I have finished is a Burda blouse. I had a piece of a flowery fabric which I purchased quite recently and I felt it would be perfect for a blouse. I looked trhough my stash of Burda magazines and came up with this pattern from BWOF 9/2007 - 101. I wanted something with simpler lines, since the fabric pattern is already quite busy.

The fabric I used was very flimsy - the type I hate to work with. Since I am still a beginner, I still have to learn how to tame such type of fabric properly. I used (for the first time) french seams on the side seams, the sleeves are finished with an elastic and I used my coverlocker (coverstitch machine) for the hem. The pattern was not very difficult to sew with, the only challenge was the fabric - from cutting, through fusing some parts for a reinforcement to actual sewing with it.
And here is the end result. 

sorry for the deer-caught-in-the-headlights expression :D

I like the finished blouse, although I think there are things I could have done better, nicer, neater. On the other hand, I would have done them better, nicer or neater, had I known how :-). At this point of my sewing skills I just don't. The good news - it can only get better from now on ;-).

Tomorrow I plan to finish the mentioned Simplicity dress and start with another knit top. Since it is another simple pattern, it shouldn't take me too long to sew it up.

Happy sewing to everyone :-)!


  1. That is a beautiful blouse. You are brave to try a difficult fabric. The only way to learn is by doing. You make note of what didn't go so well, then try to improve the next time. It's hard to believe that you are a beginner sewer - everything looks very well done!

  2. I was very excited to read your post because I have just been looking at that very pattern! It is a lovely style and your version is beautiful - the fabric is lovely. You look wonderful in it.

  3. Thank you very much, Irene. I have to say, that fabrics with busy patterns are quite ideal for learning projects, because if something is not as perfect as it could be, the pattern helps to camouflage that. I don't buy patterned fabrics with this on my mind, but it helps eventually :-).

    Hi Eugenia, I've discovered this pattern only by a chance while looking through my BWOF stash. I was looking for a pattern with not too many complicated details and this looked ideal for my needs. Only after I made it and wanted to write a review on PR, I found out, that it is quite a popular pattern. And I can say, that it's a recommendable one :-).

  4. Hi Suzanna, it is Juliette from Sewing AND Style den ))))) Amazing to see our blog names are so similar. Plus you are a great seamstress! Hope this blog florishes and I am adding yours to my blog list. SEWING AND STYLE DEN