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We just can’t get enough of our talented variation designers from The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook! This week get the scoop from Novita Estiti (aka: verypurpleperson) and the process behind the creation of her striped top project based on our Blouse Pattern.

When I opened my mail one morning and found an invitation to participate in the BurdaStyle Book project, I was very excited. My first thought was, it’s about time for BurdaStyle to publish a book! And of course I’m thrilled to be a part of it. This is kind of a[n] historical moment, isn’t it? I was sent two designs as the base for my pattern variation, one [was] for a bag and the other one [was] for a blouse. Along with that, BurdaStyle also sent me a fashion flat sketchpad to help me [make] better sketches. Unfortunately, my initial try to use the sketchpad didn’t end well, my sketches were terrible. Well, actually I only managed to use one sheet of the sketchpad, drawing and erasing continuously before giving up. This is a useful tool indeed, but [it] just [wasn’t] for me.

So I went back to my usual tool, the computer. I used CorelDRAW for making my sketches and later for making my pattern variation and layout. The fabric swatches were scanned and then applied on the sketches. One of the reason[s] why I love using [my] computer is [that] I don’t have to waste too much paper in the design process. Everything is done with the computer and I only print them out when they are done.

One of my blouse variation[s] was chosen for the book, and it was actually my favorite! The original blouse pattern has princess line[s] which [I wanted] to emphasize by using striped fabric [going] in different direction[s]. I also changed the overall shape to [become] tent-like by flaring the princess lines and the sides of the blouse. My first muslin was not flared enough, but I was quite satisfied with my second one.

My variation instruction[s] [were] pretty simple because basically I just eliminated the bottom part of the blouse, lengthen[ed] the top pieces and flared them. The sleeves were also changed into simple, rectangular sleeves. The only challenging part of my variation was on the pattern placement because of the different directions of the stripes.

I was pretty happy when the threads and fabrics for my blouse came, they were gorgeous! The colors were like strawberry and peanut jam. At the same time, I was a bit nervous. The fabric was silk shantung, something that I’ve never put my hands on before. I’m more of a cotton and linen person actually [because] they are comfortable and not intimidating. But there must be a first time for everything.

The final blouse was finished quite quickly and I must say that I’m happy with the result. You can see my happy face with the blouse and my two muslins! I’m thinking of making the blouse again with checked fabric like madras, which would be perfect for summer. To balance the tent shape, I would wear it with skinny pants or shorts.


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    May 10, 2016, 06.56 AMby narinee

    This is my favorite variation in the entire book. http://www.kabali1stdaycollection.com/ Thank you! The blouse is still on tour, I can’t wait to wear it :)

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    Mar 18, 2012, 02.05 PMby shizuoka

    hi mba novi! i’m a big fan of you!

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    Mar 15, 2012, 07.28 AMby suechtique

    You made me to buy this book today. i just done to order at Amazon. Your blouse is so stunning. It’s so wearable(for mom) and look great with skinny jeans(i own many pairs of skinny). The way how you used fabric is so so nice. I decided to make my muslin using burdastyle blouse. It’ll be a copy of your blouse(if you don’t mind) I don’t know this book includes your pattern or not. But i guess no. Thanks for inspiring sources always(on your blog as well).

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    Mar 14, 2012, 09.23 AMby bubbley74

    Please please please tell me where I can get this pattern from and what is the biggest size it comes in.???? I love it I am a big lady and this would be perfect.

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    Mar 8, 2012, 09.42 PMby adriprints

    I love posts about process and this one is no exception. I love the results of your hard work and multiple muslins! The final and even the earlier versions look great!

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    Mar 8, 2012, 12.20 PMby wzrdreams

    This is my favorite variation in the entire book. Since I saw the book cover I was intrigued by it and hoped there would be details about the pattern alterations. I was so happy to get to look at it closely at the book launch party. You did a wonderful job with the construction and design.

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    Mar 7, 2012, 07.37 PMby liliashp

    Very cute! The blouse is so pretty and I love the use of lines. And I agree, it looks amazing on you!

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    Mar 7, 2012, 07.06 AMby marmota-b

    I totally agree with heidilea about you in the blouse – these are your colours! It’s incredibly cute on you!

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      Mar 7, 2012, 10.38 AMby verypurpleperson

      Thank you! The blouse is still on tour, I can’t wait to wear it :)

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    Mar 6, 2012, 03.55 PMby heidilea

    Oh my goodness! Why didn’t they have you be the model for your blouse? The beauty of it really pops out on you (not saying it’s not pretty in the book, it just looks so much more “WOW” on you!)

    I think a few alterations to the design would make it good for maternity wear, too.

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