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Burda Blouse 108 (Aug 09)

Added Sep 29, 2009

by reya98

Escondido, Calif...




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My second clothing project and the first on my new sewing machine.

Material Notes

Red chiffon




Garment Type

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    Nov 27, 2009, 01.08 AMby hayley28

    I’m glad to hear I wasn’t the only one who got confused by the collar instructions! I got as far as that section and then stopped and have been searching the net for help ever since. I’ll give it another go with your instructions.

    Thanks and happy sewing!

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    Oct 5, 2009, 10.26 AMby barbaraagatha

    Hey Reya, had this project on mind too: looks great to the office with a dark pencil skirt. I was hoping I’d get super good at it and make it in all colours. How did you find it? Burda gave it 2.5 dots, I think, which seems a little difficult. Did you have problems with it? Please let me know! Don’t want to bite off more than I can chew :)

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      Oct 9, 2009, 05.23 PMby reya98

      It really wasn’t too bad. Cutting seemed to be the worst part – use a rotary cutter for the parts that are all straight lines, and I got a pair of Gingher scissors that are slightly serrated to hold on to the fabric better while cutting.

      The instructions for the collar were the most confusing! As I found out – sew one long edge of the collar from marked areas 2 to 3, sew the ends of the collar wrong sides together, then flip them right side out and sew the other long edge of the collar down. I sewed from shoulder seam to shoulder seam because I was confused and had to rip out the seams to the end and hand stitch the collar in. I had to redo the long end with the tie a few times to get it to flip out properly, but I finally got it right. I think I would have made the collar a little bit longer on the loop side (maybe 1/4-1/2"?) – it seemed a little tight and takes some finagling to get the tie through the loop.

      Also on the arm holes, I tucked in the edge and sewed as directed, but then rolled them again and sewed to tuck in the raw edge.

      Things I wish I had done – French seams (new skill for me from recent Threads mag) on the sides and shoulders since I don’t have a serger. I sewed a zig-zag stich along the edge after constructing to keep the fabric from fraying but the French seam would have looked nicer, I think.

      Really wasn’t bad – an hour or two to cut plus two nearly full days to sew. My best tip – go slow and use the sewing machine needle for chiffon! The fabric didn’t seem to move too much if I was using a fairly slow setting on my sewing machine.

      Sew it! It was really not too hard.

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    Sep 30, 2009, 01.09 AMby smallone

    I have this shirt on my very long sewing to do list – looks absolutely great in this color! Cant believe you choose chiffon as a second project! hard stuff to work with, if you can sew this, this well, this early I think there are many great things to come. Looking forward to seeing what’s next :)

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    Sep 29, 2009, 09.10 PMby sewneenee

    lovely blouse, you are off to a great start!!

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