Added Oct 2, 2010
I have to say I really like old bed linen. This blouse was once a quilt/duvet cover. Or half of a quilt/duvet cover since there’s plenty of material left. This is also my first blouse, and I’m pretty proud of it even though things are crooked and uneven and a bit lopsided. There’s a strange synergy at work with sewing though I think in that lots of little mistakes seem to be mostly forgiven in the final product: it looks lovely on, and I’ve had compliments (plural!) from people who didn’t realise I’d actually made the blouse myself. This pattern is cute, really cute — I like it a lot — but the instructions are a bit lacking. I had no idea what I was doing and the instructions didn’t help me much with that (I’m not sure if that’s just a Burda magazine thing. I’ve never bought a copy before, just this one pattern), but I did get there in the end. I had to adjust some things like the sleeves (they billowed on me initially) but I’m not sure if it’s because of my lack of skills and inability to follow minimal instructions or if it’s a pattern sizing thing. The blouse is flattering and feminine and very pretty though… you should make it. Really. And then we can compare notes on the sleeves.
Cotton (?) maybe cotton blend (??) quilt cover, second hand buttons, some thread, lots of patience, some mild coarse language.
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