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Pattern Reviews> BurdaStyle Magazine> 04-2010-114 (Blouse)

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Project Photo:BurdaStyle Magazine: 04-2010-114 by Maree P

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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
Review Rating: Helpful by 1 people    Very Helpful by 7 people   
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Fabric:Shirting - Cotton  [See other projects in this fabric]
This review is an update from my first review of this pattern, Version 1 (see below), in which I erronously traced and used the wrong collar.
Pattern Description:
Casual shirt blouse.
This is a shirt with bust darts, collar with stand, fold back front facing and a yoke.

Pattern Sizing:
The pattern is available in sizes 38-42; I regraded the pattern to a 36.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions are very limited.
For Version 1 and 2, I used David Coffin's book for placket template and construction; and Off the Cuff Style's excellent tutorials for collar and stand construction.
The pale blue shirt, Version 3, I made following tutorials on a series I bought on custom shirt making (I will review Mike Maldonado series soon) - it gave great results.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
This is a classic style. Fitted but with just the right amount of wearing ease. I love wearing this shirt; it is so comfortable.

Fabric Used:
1. Version 1- striped cotton from Spotlight. Please note this collar is the not the correct draft for this shirt - I traced the wrong one.
2. Version 2- Blue (which has a fine white check not clearly visible in the photos) Italian shirting from Gardams, Brisbane.
3. Version 3- Pale blue shirting cotton from Fabric Collection, Brisbane.

Interfacing Pro-Woven Shirt Crisp fusible - excellent interfacing. The darker blue shirt has been washed innumerable times and this interfacing has maintained its integrity.
Shell Buttons.
Thread Mettler Poly Sheen - this lovely silky look thread gives a fine stitch.
Schmetz 60 needle.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I am super happy with the fitting of the pale blue shirt:
1. I used David Coffin's template for the placket. After using happily using David Coffins placket instructions for years I used Maldonado's instructions on the pale blue shirt- these also give a great placket.
2. I lengthened the sleeves by 4 cm and the torso by 4 cm.
3. I sewed felled seams on the sides and sleeves.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I think this is my favourite shirt pattern for a classic semi-fitted shirt.

This is a great pattern, with an excellent draft for a classic shirt. I have no hesitation in recommending this pattern.
My newest version, the pale blue one is my favourite shirt - I wear it often with trousers from Burda 7447.

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marec said... (10/5/14 5:22 PM) Reply
This style of shirt is perfect for you and your detailed work is wonderful. I have been reading David Coffin's book before sleep each night, absorbing details as I snooze.
Nessa09 said... (10/5/14 5:21 PM) Reply
Beautifully made shirt!
gmagina said... (10/5/14 1:31 PM) Reply
Love this shirt. I don't know why Burda hasn't made a nice classic shirt pattern in a while. I will have to go back in my magazines and find this one. It is just what I have been looking for. Thanks for the great review.
Elke said... (10/5/14 8:06 AM) Reply
Your shirt looks great!
Smonks said... (10/5/14 7:19 AM) Reply
Great looking shirts!
Jstarr4250 said... (10/28/12 5:23 PM) Reply
Great detail in your review and your shirt is lovely.
ChristianaT said... (10/28/12 11:41 AM) Reply
you did an amazing job of this tailored shirt style. Looks fantastic on you and it will prove to be a very flexible piece in your wardrobe. Thanks for all the great references in your review. Christiana
Amanda.Claire said... (10/28/12 9:05 AM) Reply
Great looking shirt!
PattyE said... (10/28/12 0:37 AM) Reply
Nice button down shirt. Regarding interfacing...have you tried the Palmer/Pletsch? I love it.
Levone said... (10/27/12 8:58 PM) Reply
Great looking shirt!
FreyaStark said... (10/27/12 7:57 PM) Reply
A great shirt, in spite of your reservations. The placket is wonderful, and the collar is just right. I share your frustration with interfacing and have reverted to the sew-in variety after bad experiences with iron on. Surely there has to be a better way than either of those! You might be interested to know that Kwik Sew 3027, view C (which I haven't tried), or Style Arc's Jenny shirt both offer a similar look without the hassle of tracing your own pattern and, in the case of KS, with excellent instructions.
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