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|Burda: 2975 (Blouse) - Type:Tops|
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|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
|Fabric:||Rayon-Lycra Knit [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Women's "very loose fitting" (from pattern envelope) peasant blouse -- and they are not kidding about the "very loose"!!!|
Pattern Sizing: 10/12, 14/16, 18/20 (36/38, 40/42, 44/46) -- all sizes in one envelope
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Mine are not as loose fitting but that was a personal preference
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions are easy to follow but I'm not a fan of some of their methods and construction order. The first time I made this pattern in July 2012, I followed the order and the instructions on the pattern sheet. For Versions #2 and #3 made in June and July 2013 respectively, I went with my preferred methods and order (see below).
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Likes: I like the raglan sleeve peasant top style and it was perfect for what I was looking for -- something loose and easy to throw on either over a tank top or just when you want something less fitted. Love this style with a skirt when it's hot and humid -- I hate clingy clothes in those conditions.
Dislikes: The pattern instructions call for you to start with the front facing for the slit opening (agree with this step), but then they have you sew up the side seams and the underarm seam of the sleeves, insert the elastic in the sleeve casing and then sew the raglan sleeve seams and then the neckline casing. Makes it more work than is necessary. I sewed the raglan seams first, then made the neckline casing (before the pieces get handled too much), then I do the side and underarm seams all in one swoop and then try the blouse on to determine if the sleeves are the right length before making the elastic casing.
Fabric Used: I've made this blouse 3 times so far and used different types of fabrics each time:
Version #1 -- made this in July 2012 -- fabric is a cotton/poly blend and was meant to be a muslin which turned out wearable
Version #2 -- made in June 2013 -- cotton gauze from very old stash (guessing it's at least 5 years old, most likely closer to 10)
Version #3 -- made in July 2013 -- rayon/spandex knit purchased at Fabricland in summer of 2011
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: When Burda says "very loose" they are not kidding. The first version I made in 2012 I traced a 14/16 based on my upper bust measurement at the time (37") -- way too big and I ended up taking it in as much as I could and it is wearable although a lot more gathered around the neckline than I'd really like. I also found the sleeves to be a little short for my liking. I ended up shortening the body by about 3".
For the second and third versions I traced a 10/12 through the upper body (bust and waist) and sized out to the 14/16 at the hips. I then took another .5" off of each of the seam allowances at the neck edge and upper raglan seam tapering to even with the 10/12 at the underarms. I also lengthened the short sleeves by 2". For version 2 I kept the longer length and for version 3 I shortened the body length -- the knit looked better at the shorter length.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I've sewn it 3 times -- and may make more down the road. Version #1 went with me on holidays and I found myself throwing it on when I wanted something more than a tank top but not as much as a sweater. The cotton gauze version is very sheer and I'll be wearing it with a white tank underneath.
I've often been told that this style isn't for my body type but I like it and I've had compliments so it can't be all bad LOL
Conclusion: First version made a year ago but never got around to reviewing the pattern.
The 2013 Fabric Stash Contest provided me with the push to make the other 2 versions from well-aged stash and to get the review finally completed.
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