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So glad we are finally into the month of May, and here on the East coast things are slightly warming up! My pick for this month’s mash up was pretty easy since our Wrap Blouse is dominating the best selling pattern’s list from the classic Solo in White collection. I didn’t do too many alterations to this pattern, just wanted to accentuate the wrap style, check it out.


The wrap blouse pattern is so subtle in design so I wanted to elevate it a little bit, just a bit though! I also decided to stick with the classic white for the base of the garment and then I found this printed chiffon that I cut in the outer front of the blouse to make a sort of overlay. The white cotton fabric I used has a slight stretch in it widthwise so I decided to cut a size down from what I usually sew.


I really only did one minor drafting change and that was to extend the length of the outer wrapped front layer. So I extended the outer edge down about 4" and also lengthened the one side seam of the over wrap piece. I then needed to tape extra patter paper on the back piece so that I could also lengthen the one corresponding side seam. This meant that I had to cut the front pieces separately and label them right side up or down, and then also make sure I cut the back accordingly (I may or may not have had to re-cut…opps!)

sewing one

The first things to stitch were the front bust darts, and then I finished, pressed, and topstitched the outer edges of the fronts. Then I simply just placed the outer and inner fronts together and basted along the shoulder and neckline to keep them as one. Then it was time to sew the shoulder seams of the front and back together.

sewing two

Once the shoulder seam were sewn I decided to sew a continuous sleeve seam, so now was the time I stitched in the sleeve and then sewed up the side seam. At this point I finished (serged) the hem and pressed the hem allowance upwards.

sewing three

To finish the neck edge I stitch the short edges of the bias piece together and then sewed it into the blouse right side together matching one of the shoulder seams with the seam in the neck strip. Then I flipped the bias strip into the blouse, pressed, and topstitched into place so it wold stay in the garment. The last thing to do was stitch the sleeve hems in place.


Here it is the finished project, and I think it turned out great. I really like the one printed overlay of the blouse, and since I kept it black and white it still goes with everything! The three quarter sleeves are also nice, and great for transition weather. I liked this pattern a lot and I am thinking of sewing another but extending the edges and hem even more to make it into a dress!

Happy Sewing!


Meg Healy is BurdaStyle.com’s Online Editor and eCommerce Manager. She has an education in fashion design and earned several awards for her technical skills in pattern making and sewing.


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    Dec 25, 2014, 10.16 AMby lynblair

    You’re blouse turned out beautifully! The design and fabric selection are lovely, but I think the fit is a size or two (or three) too small for the design of the blouse. It quite obvious in the shoulders, waist and hip area. It’s really not meant to be a close fitting garment and would have been a bit more flattering had you used the appropriate size.

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    May 11, 2014, 12.41 PMby cur-jargon

    Meg…this project turned out so well. Love what you did with it. Tutorial makes sense and would be easy to follow with any adjustments. Post the dress if/when you finish it! Great job!

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    May 4, 2014, 09.07 AMby Mary Athey

    Oh i love this meg, you have done a crackinh. on it and it looks fabulous on you. I made one as well but i,’m not happy with it so after seeing your and ellens versions i will try another xx

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      May 7, 2014, 02.29 AMby MegH

      Thanks Mary, yes the pattern is so quick and easy to sew you should make many more haha!

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    May 3, 2014, 05.56 AMby Inkstain1

    That’s a great version. Making a muslin of this type, I decided to make it a ‘work of art’ just for fun and imitated the Celine designs for spring/summer 2014 by painting mine up with fabric paint. Details and photos of the work in progress on my blog http://chanelno6.blogspot.ch/. (I’ve just added some sewing tips about the mitred corner and sewing up the overlap and shoulder seams for anybody doing their own version.)

    This pattern has great potential for all kinds of interpretations.

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    May 3, 2014, 01.33 AMby purplefan

    I like how the patterned overlay adds its own energy to the garment and draws attention to your face, Meg!

    Admire your “oops” remark-think many Burda Style members who do some alteration to the patterns have those encounters too. ;)

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      May 7, 2014, 02.30 AMby MegH

      Thanks! Yes I tend to make an opps every now and again :) haha

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    May 2, 2014, 10.34 PMby transcendAnn

    I love d extra mile u went it really made a diff nd I tink if I wana choose I wud prefer urs cos of d white nd black blend it really bring out d wrap style

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      May 7, 2014, 02.30 AMby MegH


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    May 2, 2014, 08.38 PMby kaclaus

    Cute!!! Love your take on this.

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      May 7, 2014, 02.30 AMby MegH

      Thank you so much!

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