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I dreamt a nautical dream...

Added Feb 25, 2011

by ophelia83

Århus, Denmark






Lovely blouse in silk charmeuse, unfortunately a little too big, but i love it! The pattern reminds me of the 1940ties, and I added the gold buttons and white trimmings to give it a nautical feel. Instead of making those loop-things that the pattern called for I made buttonholes, but I would tweak the front a bit if I was to do this again… I finished off the inside of the shoulderpiece by hand to make the finish as pretty as possible, picture 3…

Sorry for the poor quality of the snapshots, I took them myself, and at night…

Material Notes

Navy silk charmeuse, white satin trimmings, gold buttons




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Classic, Vintage

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    Mar 8, 2011, 08.43 PMby flymy

    can you just tell me how much fabric you used for this? thanks XX

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      Mar 9, 2011, 10.23 PMby ophelia83

      I would love to, but honestly I don’t really know for sure… It was made from a leftover piece of fabric I had in my stash, and I just checked it I had enough for all the pieces but didn’t measure it.

      If I had to guess, I would say a metre or maybe a little more (that wold be 1 1/4 yards)

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    Feb 25, 2011, 07.44 AMby violetsky

    Ooo so cute.

    I’m plotting to sit down to alter the pattern for this today, or to alter the dress to make the shirt to be more precise. Is it me or are the instructions even worse then normal for burda? Any advice you can give?

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      Feb 25, 2011, 10.56 AMby ophelia83

      True, the instructions are terrible, and I have to admit that I almost didn’t use them. After having pondered over them for half an hour I put them away and winged it, and it really isn’t that hard to make.

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      Feb 28, 2011, 05.57 PMby violetsky

      OMG I am really struggling with the sleeves, any words of wisdom?

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      Mar 1, 2011, 12.39 AMby ophelia83

      Not really ones that I can explain clearly… I guess I’m too much of a visual person:-) But here goes anyway…
      I’m guessing that you’re having problems attaching the sleeves to the top, as the rest is really rather straight forward… I sort sort of folded the corner, so there is a little pleat that probably shouldn’t be there, but it was the only way I could get it to work… Hope this helps…

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      Mar 1, 2011, 12.41 AMby ophelia83

      Oh, and in case you make this mistake, as I nearly did, it is important that you attach the sleeves before stitching the side hem!

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      Mar 1, 2011, 01.00 AMby violetsky

      Thank you, I think you just saved my sanity. I’ve never encounted a sleeve like this before. A pleat at the corner makes sense. Cheers for your help.

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      Mar 1, 2011, 02.15 AMby ophelia83

      I’m just glad it made sense to you:-) When you’ve figured the pattern out it is quite easy, and it makes a beautiful blouse… Actually I’m making it again, although I’ve changed the front quite a bit, and it’s really quickly done;-)

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