Friday, 29 March 2013

Burda Style 03-2013-137 retro blouse

I have a weakness for heirloom sewing. Lace, pintucks, fussiness, all appeal to me greatly, so when Burda reproduced a 1950's fancy blouse pattern in the March 2013 issue, I could not resist.

However, I am aware that both retro and heirloom look more appealing on a young woman, so rather than make this as a dowdy old  unfashionable middle aged lady blouse for myself, I chose to make this retro blouse for my older daughter, who thankfully shares my weakness for lace and fol-de-lols.



The blouse gave me a few hiccups.

When I cut out the blouse, I was a little concerned about the grain direction of the upper yoke .In the heirloom sewing with which I am familiar, pintucks and pleats are carefully aligned with the grain of the fabric. Burda, however, places 3 pintucks on about a 30 degree angle off the straight grain in the upper bodice.

Unsurprisingly, these pintucks disorted the fine batiste fabric considerably. Presumably, my inability to stick with 3 stingy pintucks exacerbated this distortion. 5 is my magic number for pintucks- unless I use 7 ;)

Here is the unaltered blouse with pintuck distortion running rife.


Here is the altered blouse with removal of 1cm from each upper bodice piece from the neck, tapering to the shoulders
. There is still considerable excess pouf, but I am happier with this iteration. I wonder if the fashion for 1950's sloped shoulders added to my fitting issues - I usually make a square shoulder alteration for my daughter, and thought I had done this when cutting out the pattern, but had to make a further square shoulder alteration as retrofitting.

This is a very pretty blouse. I did not have 5.5 cm wide lace with a scallop border, but it is just as pretty with slightly skinnier lace with and endreteux border in my opinion, particularly as I had this particular cotton lace lurking in my stash..
If I make it again, I would alter the grain of the upper bodice pieces so that the pintucks are either on the straight or cross grain.
Although this is a 2.5 dot pattern, the amount of handsewing required for this pattern makes it rather time consuming and more tricky than most 2.5 dot patterns in Burda.


I added to the time consumption by using french seams throughout, and handsewing all of the lace to the blouse. In my opinion this level of attention to seam finishing is necessary for a translucent garment.
I also used a skirt type placket for the back neck, rather than simply turning under the edges of the fabric - batiste needs a few layers before applying buttons in my opinion.


I found it rather amusing, that without viewing the magazine photo, my daughter styled this blouse with a cuff bracelet and skinny jeans for the mandatory hand-it-over photo shoot.

I think she is on trend.
Burda model photograph
Stashbusting: 1 m of cotton batiste 2009, 2.7 m of cotton lace, 2000.


Dilliander said...

Your daughter's wardrobe is just gorgeous, such a pretty and beautifully made blouse!

Little Hunting Creek said...

Beautiful blouse-it looks great on your daughter

Summer Flies said...

Oh that is very pretty. I agree.. I love the look of that blouse but my time too has passed! You a such a good Mum!Nice new look.

Karin said...

Outstanding! So many delicate details!
It looks just right on. Pretty young girl, too.

Paola said...

That blouse is so pretty.Sadly I agree that for the middle aged among us that blouse would be dowdy. Beautiful work.

poppykettle said...

Just a little bit gorgeous!!! I love a bit of lace and some pintucks - such a classic look, and your beautiful daughter pulls it off so well!

velosewer said...

Simply gorgeous. On trend. So pretty.
I can see why you love heirloom sewing.

Sue said...

I haven't done any heirloom sewing, but have been eyeing off this pattern. Thank you for the review! It is lovely BTW!

Mary Nanna said...

That looks like a lot of work but what a great result. I particularly admired the matching of pintucks centre front, which would require a great deal of precision work.

I love the contrast between the homage to tradition with the lace and pintucks and your daughter's youth - it reminds me of teenagers in Chanel jackets, which also makes good use of that juxta-position.

I still very much enjoy your blog and feel I should pop in to comment more often - but I have discovered a new pleasure - the joy of lurking. All reward, no effort.

Sharon said...

Such a delicate blouse and your daughter looks very pleased with it.

Anonymous said...

My first thought when I saw this in the mag was kbenco. This pattern is so you (and your daughter). Gorgeous