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Red Polka JJ

Added Aug 17, 2010

by susanafer

Lisboa, Portugal






This is a shirt I made using the JJ Pattern.
It’s a project I’ve been wanting to do ever since I registered with BurdaStyle, and finally found the time to make it. After the piecing together of the printed parts, and cutting the fabric, it took me a week to make.

I found the instructions very easy to follow. I was a little afraid of the bit regarding the sleeve slits, so I used a technique called “Easy sleeve slit on JJ” by squirrellypoo, and it was a piece of cake!! Thanks a lot squirrellypoo!!! :))

I fitted the whole body of the shirt, this took me a little while, and decided to add the red pipping in the front, to highlight the red dots, and match the hem of the ruffles and the buttons. This meant that I had to make a separate front band. That way I inserted the 1st ruffle behind the bands, the 2nd in the place of the 1st, and the 3rd in the place of the 2nd (no ruffle inserted in the princess seams). I wanted the ruffled part to look more “condensed”.

I’m very happy with the result!! the princess seams fit very well, and I’m already thinking of making a new one with some other alterations…

Material Notes

red pipping: 2m

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    Jan 3, 2011, 03.59 PMby surfjewels

    This looks really cute

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    Aug 20, 2010, 09.56 AMby irist

    Gorgeous!!! I love the color and I love the way you adjusted the ruffles! It fits so well and looks great! Good job!

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    Aug 19, 2010, 08.26 PMby kayla-day

    I really like the red piping and what you’ve done with the frills. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Aug 18, 2010, 05.00 PMby marvage

    I love this version of JJ!!! Thanks for the inspiration! JJ is on my must-make list!

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    Aug 18, 2010, 02.49 PMby nidhi


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    Aug 18, 2010, 12.42 PMby pedal2carpet

    Fantastic, summery version of the JJ

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    Aug 18, 2010, 10.50 AMby laura oprea

    Sooo lovely!

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    Aug 18, 2010, 07.27 AMby anajan

    So so beautiful! The fabric, piping, and not oversized ruffles really work well together.

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      Aug 18, 2010, 09.04 AMby susanafer

      Thank you so much AnaJan! I’m a great admirer of your work… In fact one of the first things I made was a blouse version of your “Dots Invasion Dress”! I have to post some photos of it as well..
      My ruffles are about 3cm wide, so they’re a bit narrower than the original version. I also changed their placement: inserted the first ruffle behind the front band, then placed the 2nd ruffle were the first should be, and the 3rd were the 2nd should be, so I have no ruffle inserted in the princess seam.
      I wanted it to be a more casual blouse, also suitable to wear to work, and I thought that bigger ruffles would make the blouse too elaborate.

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      Aug 18, 2010, 09.10 AMby anajan

      Oh, cool! Can’t wait to see your variation :).
      I’m not a ruffle type of girl, but I would wear your blouse in a heartbeat! The polka dot pattern and discrete ruffles are great features of it.

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    Aug 18, 2010, 07.22 AMby louisebarbara

    this looks gorgeous. I love the fabric, great job.

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    Aug 18, 2010, 03.30 AMby csams

    Aargh, so jealous. Currently working on my first JJ…and lets just say that yours is vastly superior!!

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      Aug 18, 2010, 09.12 AMby susanafer

      Oooo… at first, when I was in the course of making the blouse, I thought that it wouldn’t turn out well.. Before actually stiching the front, back and side pieces, I basted them, and then went on adjusting it about four times!!!

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    Aug 18, 2010, 01.17 AMby gillthecat

    just lovely so so soooooooo sweet

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    Aug 18, 2010, 12.08 AMby rhondap

    Love your choice of fabric and piping.

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    Aug 17, 2010, 11.05 PMby wackyblonde

    Love your version of the JJ blouse. It looks so cute on you.

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