|Pattern Description: |
Women's shirt with vertical darts, no yoke, sleeves with plackets and french cuffs.
Burda's average sizes (not petite or tall)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I didn't use the instructions in the magazine. Instead, I used the techniques demonstrated by Pam Howard in her craftsy.com class, The Classic Tailored Shirt. Pam's instructions were EXCELLENT.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like that it's a basic blouse with the nice french cuffs. For my figure, I think I would like it better if there were horizontal darts to reduce some of the diagonal drag lines starting at my bust. Otherwise, it's a great shirt.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did an FBA using the method described in Sandra Betzina's book, Fast Fit. Ordinarily, I would have used the FBA from Fit for Real People, but have been growing dissatisfied with the large bust darts that creates. Betzina's method avoids that altogether and I was extremely pleased with the result. I can't wait to try it out on other patterns.
I also used Betzina's method to make the shoulders a smidge narrower. Apparently, picking the size based on my upper bust measurement doesn't ensure that the garmet fits at the shoulders for me. If I go any smaller, the garment is uncomfortable. I'm happy with how this worked too.
I traced one size larger for the hips and then added a little bit more width again after making a muslin.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I might sew it again and would recommend it to others...however, there are so many patterns that I'd like to try, I'm not sure when I'll get back to this one!
Great basic blouse!
More info and pictures can be found on my blog at Quixotic Pixels.