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Burda: 2561 (Blouse) thumbsup - Type:Tops    printable version
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Reviewed by:paolag
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Posted on:10/29/13 7:12 PM
Project Photo:Burda: 2561 by paolag

Pattern Photo:Burda 2561
Burda Pattern Info
Pattern Rating:Recommend, with Modifications
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Fabric:Linen  [See other projects in this fabric]
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Pattern Description: Sporty shirt blouse, waisted with darts, with either long, slim sleeves, or 3/4 sleeves with slits.

Pattern Sizing:8-20

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

Were the instructions easy to follow?Mostly, yes, with reservations discussed below.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
A good pattern to go for, especially if this is your first go at a shirt. No cuffs, plackets or collar stand. Just nice and simple, so you can concentrate on perfecting the fit.
This is a good basic pattern to have in the stash if you would like to try your hand at some patternmaking.

The pattern for the sleeve. It has an exaggerated sleeve head, as you might find on a gathered sleeve. This is a set-in sleeve, so be prepared for issues. I threw every strategy I had in my sewing playbook to avoid the puckers (see my blog link below) and while it isn't horrible, it's still not great.

The instructions for the slit on the 3/4 sleeves. Burda has you sewing a small rectangle to create a v-shaped slit on the sleeve hem. What you get is a rectangular slit. Yuk. Totally ignore this, and sew a V-shape to get a v-shaped slit. Pretty basic to me!

Fabric Used:Linen

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made a few fit alterations:
Moving and shortening the front darts.
A 1cm FBA, and then rotating the bust dart created into the waist dart.
On the back, I added a CB seam to get a better fit through the back waist area.
Added 3cm length above the waist, and 5 cm below. I am 175cm tall.
Added 2.5cm width to the bicep area.
Added 5cm to the sleeve length.
Cut the sleeve on the bias, to get comfort around the elbows, always a bit of an issue to me.
I also had to scrounge out the collar pieces, which I managed by making the collar about 1cm narrower than drafted, and by cutting the undercollar piece on the bias.

I drafted and added my own patch pockets, which are not included in the pattern.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I would love to sew this again, and it is such a useful basic. However my issues with the sleeve draft pull me up on that one. I reckon that the wrinkly properties of linen, means I can just about get away with the less-than-perfect sleeve insertion. Other fabric won't be as forgiving, though.
I would need to get my head around re-drafting the sleeve in order to use this pattern again. Any pointers in this regard would be appreciated!

This pattern should be a good pattern to have in your stash. If sleeve insertions don't daunt you, or you know how to alter sleeve patterns, go for it.
BTW, I note that Burda has updated the cover photo for this pattern in their current printed catalogue, so if you are interested, don't look for the pattern photo that is on-line.

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Ivanova said...
Beautiful shirt - you did a great job.
10/29/13 7:37 PM
Christas said...
Your blouse is SOOO pretty! I love the color and the sleeve heads look perfect to me. I see no puckering, just a lovely looking blouse!
10/29/13 7:40 PM
meadowclark said...
I made this one too. Glad to hear you had sleeve issues too and it wasn't just me. It has a very "clean" look to the design.
10/29/13 9:44 PM
KathleenS said...
Great shirt. I like the colour.
10/30/13 4:13 AM
Jstarr4250 said...
What a great looking shirt! Thanks for the heads up on the sleeve issues. I'd love to try this pattern.
10/30/13 7:04 AM
grays08 said...
Beautiful blouse! I completely agree with you on the sleeve head - Burda does this on all their sleeves and drives me nuts as some styles/garments don't need this much sleeve head! I just did a denim jacket, same way and I feel you on setting that thing in, lol! Wonderful job, love this color very much and great style of shirt.
10/30/13 9:11 AM
Bonzai said...
Beautiful blouse (and nice necklace!)
10/30/13 3:11 PM
TGWGWS said...
Great the color!
10/30/13 8:41 PM
margy.64 said...
Beautiful linen blouse. Love the colour.
10/31/13 2:42 AM
liliv said...
Lovely looks great with this fantastic necklace!! your review is very detailed!
11/3/13 4:38 AM
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