Monday, 25 January 2010
Burda World of Fashion 09-2008-107 blouse trial
technical drawing from Burda
Whilst tracing out the previous blouse from the September 2009 magazine, I noticed this little pattern for a t shaped woven top. I think this has definite remnant using possibilities. I could not think why I had not noticed it previously, but when I saw that it was disguised by a sequin covered fabric in the photo shoot, I understood my oversight. There is not much call for sequins in my family's wardrobe.
The pattern calls for 80cm of 145cm wide fabric. I used a 70cm remnant of polycotton stretch woven that I have been avoiding for some years. It is rather cheap looking fabric, originally bought for a shepherd's costume in a nativity play. (Back when 70cm would have been mid calf length for my little ones)
This was plenty of fabric for a size 36 top. I had enough left over to attempt a pleated ruffle in imitation of nearly every blouse I saw in David Jones at Toowong last week. I was aiming for a triangular looking ruffle, but did not make the angle sufficiently steep.
You can see that my blouse is not quite the same as the technical drawing. It may be my very stretchy and badly behaving fabric, but the sleeves on my daughter's blouse definitely needed gathering, not easing, to fit between the marks. My daughter likes puffy sleeves, so this was not a problem.
You may also notice the additional front darts. I find them rather noticeable. Did I mention that I did not like this fabric? This is a very boxy pattern. I could not fix this sufficiently by taking in the side seams and back darts, so added a few more darts at the waist. I also made a small bust adjustment, and raised the bust point for improved fit.
The neckline and armscye are finished with bias binding. I made a loop with the neck binding instead of a thread loop, and made a placket for the back neck slit instead of having a centre back seam and using the seam allowance to finish the placket.
This was a successful trial run for the pattern, and my daughter will probably wear this version to work. I am sure I will make this again.
Materials cost :Fabric $7.50 (still had the remnant label attached) from Pizzaz Fabrics. Pattern - magazine already used, free, thread call it $1, recycled button