Button front blouse with gathered neckline, stand collar and 7/8 length sleeves.
36 - 44
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, the finished blouse has the same proportions as the blouse pictured in the magazine.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, but Burda assumes you know what you're doing. If this is your first blouse you will need more reference material. That said, I didn't use the instructions, I used my experience and judgement.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the simple lines and easy construction - with just few elements to keep me interested. I can't sew Renfrew tees all the time can I?
Polyester georgette that pressed pretty darn well. Yay fabric!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The only change I made was in the amount of seam allowance I used. The pattern calls for 5/8" SA and hem allowance. I changed the outer collar SA to 3/8" and the hem to 1" because I used a ravel prone polyester georgette and 1" hem allowance would save my sanity - and did.
If I made this again I would change the collar SA to 1/4" and 1/4" at neck edge if using a nice stable cotton voile. If I was using a slippery or ravel prone fabric I'd keep the larger 5/8" at neck and trim. I'm lazy and it's much easier to install a collar with smaller SA.
The pattern calls for interfacing the collar and cuffs only. I added interfacing on the center front center edge from cut edge to fold line and note that the cut edge at the front of the pattern DOES NOT call for adding a seam allowance when you trace off the pattern.
I also interfaced the strips I cut for the cuff slit facings. I cut two slit pieces 1.5" wide and 8" long for the slit which is 3" deep. Cut the slits on the bias and interface with bias cut interfacing. That worked like charm with this moveable georgette fabric.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would sew this again, though maybe not in an animal print. It would be nice in cotton voile or batiste.
I would recommend this pattern to other sewists. It's a well drafted pattern and very wearable.
A straight forward blouse with a bit of easy detail in the gathered neck. I made this with stash fabric for a Jungle January sewalong. I used the collar and sleeve vent techniques from Sandra Betzina's Power Sewing and used french seams for the garment (excluding the armholes. A great use of stash fabric, buttons and pattern.