|Five years after first making it, I have revisited this pattern and thought it would be worth reappraising it after so much time. Click here for my original review. |
A fitted shirt with bust darts, vertical darts front and back, collar on a band, and sleeves pleated into wide, buttoned cuffs.
US sizes 10--24.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Pretty much. I made view B, which lacks the extra-long sleeves and cuffs of view A, and I added more ease in the body (so my version is semi-fitted rather than fitted).
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The classic, (semi-)fitted cut; the definite-looking collar.
Cotton lawn, a design called Maurice by Liberty of London, bought four years ago. This was a one-off, seasonal design and is no longer available. Although far from being my favourite Liberty design, as always, it is too good to waste, and having it run up at last is satisfying.
When not roaming the desert regions of the world on the back of a camel I live in Bohemia so I wear a fair bit of black, and the sombre colours of this fabric fit right into my urban wardrobe.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
No design changes. I made the following fit alterations:
* added 2cm to the length of the sleeves and body because Burda patterns are designed for someone slightly shorter than me
* to compensate for weight gain, I added ease equal to another size at the sides of the front, as shown in this tip from Sandra Betzina
* lowered the bust dart by 4cm to coincide with the apex of my bust
* sloped the shoulder seams down from collar to shoulder by 2cm to cater for sloping shoulders
* scooped out the armhole on the body and sleeves by 2cm to compensate for the changed shoulder seam.
These alterations to blouses should be standard for me, although I don't always bother with them.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes to both. This is the fifth version of this shirt I have made, and I intend to make another one right now.
Five years down the track this is still a great pattern.
Although the envelope version is out of print, this pattern is still available as a download from the Burda Style website (where it is known as Emily #8153). Of course you might be lucky enough to find an envelope version for sale somewhere on the net.
For more photos click here.