Sunday, 29 December 2013

Plain white blouse, Burda Style 05-2012-103

My younger daughter asked for a plain white blouse a few years ago, (unfortunately looking up the post has revealed to me that this was 3 whole years ago) and I had a lot of trouble making it - making it plain, that is. Unfortunately, the tiny touches of ribbon trim and pink rosebud embroidery I added for sewing pleasure meant that the dratted dear fashionista completely rejected the blouse and never wore it. Now for anyone else, this would mean that I did not sew them anything ever again, but I am putty in my daughters' hands.
Here is a plain white blouse Mark #2.


This is such a basic pattern that Burda made it in an outrageous print to insert some interest for the seamstress. I however, had to make it in white cotton. Sigh.

 photo from www.burdafashion.com
See how I am much more obedient the second time around.


This extremely dull item of clothing was made so that my daughter could meet the uniform requirements to volunteer (as a  Yr 11 waitress) at her school's formal ( for Yr 12), which was actually a cunning plan to have a good close look at all the dresses so as to get ideas for her own stunning number for next year. She believes in future planning.

She convinced me to sew the blouse by telling me it was necessary for design research and future sewing pleasure on my part, which would definitely involve at the least silk, and probably lace, boning and tulle. I think she is planning on a career path involving persuasive speaking.

I had to think about this future sewing quite hard in order to get through the blouse.

There is, in fact, very little to say about it.
1. Scale down to size 34
2. Square the shoulders.
3. Round the collar ends (I have been brought very low to consider this a design change)
4. Cover the neckline seam with self bias.

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 Dull, don't you think? I did add machine embroidery, white on white to the button placket, and fortunately she did not notice this. I had to do something to relieve the boredom.

The fabric is a medium weight cotton herringbone twill from deep stash, 1.1m circa 2000 (probably).


Stashbusting statistics - 1.1 metres, but this advance was ruined by subsequent purchase of 7 metres of fabric towards the formal dress....

15 comments:

Judith said...

Dull you might think, but this is exactly what this age group loves ~ don't let my daughter see it as she will order one from you instantly ... J

Vicki said...

A mother must do what a mother must do! And next year does sound promising :)

Sew, Jean Margaret said...

You have done a beautiful job on this blouse, even if it wasn't very exciting for you. Sounds like there may be more exciting sewing coming up next year though.

Kyle said...

It may be plain but it looks fab!!! Good job with the white on white embroidery!

Little Hunting Creek said...

My daughter is the same way-they never let us have any fun. The blouse is a classic.

liza jane said...

Oh man, I bet it was hard to get started on the blouse. I do love that you snuck in the embroidery. Can't wait to see the sewing you get in to for her formal :)

Paola said...

Well, sometimes the duller the pattern, the more it gets worn. We all need workhorses.
After seeing your other daughter's formal dress, I can't wait to see what you both come up with.

Janine said...

Hey that blouse is alwhite ! Funny that mothers are rebelling and daughters have to tell them to calm down ( with the embellishments at least ) . I agree though that sewing plain fabric is a bit dull. When I sew a white shirt it has to least have some pattern or texture or something.

Sharon said...

It might be dull to sew but it will be a workhorse for your daughter. I like to sounds of next years planning, could be quite interesting.

Ms. McCall said...

This post really cracked me up! I love a simple blouse and I think you have a total winner here, I hope your daughter appreciates the hours of tedium it took to get it made!

EmSewCrazy said...

For being plain you made it well and your post is hilarious. Glad your daughter is happy and look forward to seeing the gorgeousness she has in store next time.

Joy said...

Yes, it's a plain white blouse, but it's pretty, and the herringbone texture definitely adds interest.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

You are a very kind mum. A white blouse is a classic and this crisp version is the perfect archetype...but sewing a white blouse! The horror!

Carolyn said...

I think this is very cute! good for you sneaking in that little bit of embroidery. I admit that I love plain little white blouses :)

velosewer said...

Dull is a wardrobe builder. I love the white on white embroidery too.