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|Burda: 7648 (BLOUSE) - Type:Tops|
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
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|Fabric:||Cotton Batiste [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description:(Now discontinued) Semi-fitted blouses. It has a separate front & back yoke, princess seams and peplum. There is a casing (sewn on the outside) at the waist with ties, starting at the front princess seam and emerging at the centre back. |
View A is sleeveless with a mandarin collar. View B has lined short sleeves with pointed collar.
close-up of front
side view of yoke
Pattern Sizing: 8-20. The sizing is consistent with other Burda patterns. There is extra ease at the waist which is taken in my the ties.
Fabric Used: Rust cotton batiste.
Aim: I saw a RTW top with similar construction to this last summer. I loved the smocked yoke and probably would have bought it if it wasn't pink. It had a one piece yoke but the rest of the shirt was the same as this Burda pattern.
Alterations / design changes: The only change I made was a petite adjustment to take 1cm in length out across the armhole.
I had 2 yards of 55" wide fabric and the pattern requirements were 1 3/4 yards for view B. I wasn't sure if I have enough fabric to smock both yokes. I cut out the other pieces as economically as possible, leaving out the bias strips for the neck binding, casing and ties. I also cut the yoke pieces to use as lining for the smocking.
For the smocking I did a quick internet search and came across this wonderful blog post .
I used a 2cm grid. The fabric is semi-sheer so I could see the grid placed under the fabric and marked the fabric with a 6B pencil. The fabric is an open weave so I couldn't use a lot of force to make the mark. The marks didn't rub off during the project and can't be seen once the smocking is done.
I got this far into the smocking in January and started again with the UFO contest. It is really really SLOW!!! Thankfully the Tour De France was on and I did 4-5 rows each night watching the live stages. post TDF
I ended up with just enough fabric if I left off the front facing. And had a bit left over on the bottom to cut the casing & ties.
Not sure what the best way to cut the smocked pieces out is. I was worried that it I cut them out normally, I'd lose the pattern at the edges. I'd love to know if there is a better way.
To cut out the back yoke from the smocking, I machine basted the lining piece to the smocked fabric in the seam allowance.
back machine basted - reverse side
back machine basted front side
For the front, I stitched the lining to the front side of the smocking, along the front edge. Then turned the lining to the inside and basted the edges like I'd done for the back.
LHS front yoke - attaching lining at front edge
LHS front yoke - lining turned to the back
yokes cut out Sorry, this one is blurry
Instructions: The instructions are well explained and illustrated for some steps but brief in others. The front piece has an L shape, into which the side front is sewn. It is well illustrated, but can be a little tricky to get right.
The pattern is described as "easy" but this step and the casing application on the front would need care taken.
The bias strip finish on the neckline worked nicely on my test shirt, but I didn't have enough fabric left over and turned the seam allowances under the collar instead.
Likeness to pattern photo/drawing: The shirt is very true to the line drawing and pattern photo. And with the smocking, very similar to the RTW top but more my colour!
Likes & Dislikes: This is a really nice summer top. I think the smocking turned out well - which is a relief after how long it took to do it.
Sew again? Recommend it? It is a shame that the pattern has sat so long in my stash before making it up and I'd recommend giving it a try if it is still in your stash. I'd like to make another, plainer version at some stage.
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