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Polka dot Emily

Added Oct 25, 2007

by jellybeanlupin

Paris, France






This is the Emily blouse, view B, with NO modifications at all. I wanted to be sure of my starting point because this is my first shirt and my first Burda Pattern. I followed the instructions precisely having previously consulted Nikki Shell’s “Emily recycled” how-to as well as Mirela’s “sewing a shirt collar with a collar stand” how-to. I am pleased with the results although I was not expecting the shirt to have such a formal feel (and I am not sure it actually suits me!). The collar is a little large to my taste. Next time I would like to make it feel a little blousier – I am thinking of rounding off the collar, not using interfacing, puffing and shortening the sleeves and er somehow adjusting the shoulders to put a gather in… maybe I’ll just find another pattern!

Material Notes

I used what I think is a light cotton but it might be blended because there was a bit of static to it when I got it out of the dryer and I didn’t think pure cotton got static. The buttons are lovely square mother of pearl.




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    Jun 15, 2011, 12.01 PMby alphay

    WOW very well done, and fits well!

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    Nov 21, 2007, 11.00 AMby lindstar

    I love that style of shirt on you. It looks fantabulous. You did a great job!

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    Oct 27, 2007, 09.43 AMby myk

    you did great on your first shirt! I really love your buttons :)

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    Oct 26, 2007, 05.36 PMby amarie

    Too bad I don’t have a picture of my first shirt. You would be amazed at the difference. Yours being definitely better. Great job!

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    Oct 26, 2007, 05.15 AMby marmota-b

    It looks very good. I think it might look less “formal” if you combined it, for example, with a skirt, wearing it over it with a nice, looser belt; or something like that!

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    Oct 26, 2007, 01.48 AMby jellybean

    You did such a great job for your first shirt with a collar. I love your buttons.

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    Oct 25, 2007, 10.54 PMby jj1

    Wow, first shirt! I think you did such a great job. I can tell by looking at the collar.

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    Oct 25, 2007, 06.30 PMby sasastorme

    You did a fantastic job! I wanted to try this unmodified because I am not adventurous…now I know what it might turn out like with any luck!

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    Oct 25, 2007, 02.57 PMby jellybeanlupin

    Thank you so much for these nice comments. Wow. They make me want to get on and sew something else!

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    Oct 25, 2007, 11.02 AMby fashion1

    looks really great on you, nice fabric!

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    Oct 25, 2007, 09.56 AMby soyouz

    au contraire, je trouve que ça te va très bien comme ça. Pour sortir c’est décontracté avec le tissu à pois. Tu pourrais y ajouter un collier fantaisie pour accentuer cet effet. Je la trouve très belle bref, c’est un excellent résultat!

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    Oct 25, 2007, 08.03 AMby mindycen

    The shirt looks really good. I like the polkadot fabric. I would want to have one for my work wardrope.

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    Oct 25, 2007, 08.03 AMby lilo

    I think it looks great on you! The choice of the fabric softens a bit the formal looks of the pattern, so does the buttons. Well done!

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