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Pleasure and Pain Front Tie Blouse

Added Aug 6, 2011

by nessys

Adelaide, Australia






As soon as I saw this silk I fell in love with it. I got the last bit off the roll and got it for a fantastic price. I just kept on stroking it and every time I touched it I wept because of it’s beauty. I spent a long time deciding which pattern to make. I wanted something with a bow and something with few seams and when I found the Burda 10/2010 Tie-front blouse #118B here on BurdaStyle I knew it was the one.

I spent a lot of time researching how to sew with silk. I did a muslin just so I knew what was involved with the pattern, if it would fit (I ended up making a 38 – originally I was thinking 40) and if I could manage french seams on the sleeves, what type of cuff and sleeve to put on (I wanted long sleeves). I pinched my all time fav sleeves from McCalls 5179. I tried to do a continuous bound sleeve placket on them. I practiced and practiced (see the excellent tutorial I used below in the “credit section”) but on the real thing it didn’t work. The fabric just frayed into oblivion. I have small hands so I just did a bias cuff trim. It meant I lost 8 cms off the sleeve but they are still quite long. I narrowed and shorted the tie.

The fabric was the pleasure – this colour is beautiful, the silk is heavenly to touch but it was a real pain to sew – even after doing all my research on the net. I think it looks nice despite all the pain and everyone commented how nice it was. I made it for a wedding.

Material Notes

Silk charmeuse with silk organza as interfacing on tie.



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Garment Type
Classic, Romantic



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  • Pixeforburda_large

    Aug 17, 2011, 08.51 PMby pixelink

    adore… adore… adore!!!

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      Aug 25, 2011, 09.57 AMby nessys

      Thanks Honey! You’re a real sweetie to “favorite” this – I feel this is high praise! Thank you! xx

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    Aug 17, 2011, 01.18 PMby madscouser

    Wow! You look stunning, the colour and style really suit you, well done for persevering with the fabric!

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      Aug 25, 2011, 09.58 AMby nessys

      Thanks a bunch Sweets! You are very kind! x

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    Aug 11, 2011, 09.21 AMby Passiona Cottee

    You’re a doll. Look at you and your couture use of organza as interfacing. That’s first class! I always learn so much from your projects. And it’s extraordinary to get to share in your special occasions, too. You look fabulous in this red! As for that tricky charmeuse, try perfect sew (the spray on version) to help with the slippery fabric (including chiffon) in future projects. My friend Hollie swears it turns the most difficult fabric into “well behaved organza” ;) Now… that wouldn’t happen to be a Veronika Maine skirt you’ve paired it with? (If it is, we’re twins, honey!)

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      Aug 12, 2011, 03.22 AMby nessys

      You Sweet Thing! Thanks so much for your lovely comment and will keep the spray tip in mind.

      YES! VM!!! Gosh I was glad after those bm dresses and that blouse to just darn well go buy something. It was THE BEST! We have fabulous taste Darl – just fab. The cut of her garments is something I don’t think I could ever replicate. Love ya XXXX ps I couldn’t find any where in SA to get that silk organza – found a great place os to get it & cheap – let me know if you’re interested x

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    Aug 8, 2011, 06.15 AMby olystyrene

    Nessy, this is just gorgeous!!!! That colour is YOU! Very glamorous indeed!

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      Aug 12, 2011, 03.23 AMby nessys

      Thanks Honey – this is high praise coming from some one as talented and glamorous as yourself! xxx

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    Aug 8, 2011, 01.22 AMby Nessa *

    Wow! Red is a really great colour for you! Your blouse looks beautifully sewn and the bow-tie is perfect. Well done!

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      Aug 12, 2011, 03.23 AMby nessys

      Thanks Nessa! You are very sweet! x

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    Aug 7, 2011, 10.33 AMby sewella

    Nessy, I think it is stunning! I LOVE it! You chose a great pattern for the silk and that bow-tie gives a sexy yet elegant touch to it! You look smashing!!

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      Aug 12, 2011, 03.25 AMby nessys

      Thank you my Dear! This is high praise and I must say I was very honoured to see that you had “favorited” it. You are just fab xx

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    Aug 7, 2011, 02.09 AMby elisana

    awesome! you look awesome in this beautiful blouse – as sewing queen said’congrats for sticking with it!

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      Aug 12, 2011, 03.31 AMby nessys

      Thanks so much Honey! x

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    Aug 7, 2011, 01.36 AMby shari-1

    Your blouse looks wonderful…and the fabric and colour is gorgeous!

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      Aug 12, 2011, 03.25 AMby nessys

      Thank you! x

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    Aug 6, 2011, 09.54 PMby sewingqueen-1

    Beautiful blouse! Congratulations on sticking with it – silk charmeuse can definitely try your patience.

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      Aug 12, 2011, 03.26 AMby nessys

      Thanks – your comment made me feel much less incompetent (I thought maybe it was just me!) – but it was well worth the effort!

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    Aug 6, 2011, 03.00 PMby threadsquare

    Such a beautiful color, and the blouse looks amazing! Charmeuse is a pain, but feels so glorious. I’m going to try using a bit of all natural spray starch on the seams next time I use it.

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      Aug 12, 2011, 03.28 AMby nessys

      Thanks Darl! The seams weren’t too bad it was just those jolly sleeves and neckline – but I am still very happy with how it turned out. I await any of your future creations in this “medium” with great interest! xxx

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    Aug 6, 2011, 10.35 AMby debilovessewing

    It’s so beautiful! I really love bow-tie front blouses and you look smashing in this!!! Glad you stuck with it despite the tempermental fabric!!

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      Aug 12, 2011, 03.29 AMby nessys

      Thank you for such a lovely comment! I must say I think you look rather smashing yourself in your icon pick – love that red lippy! I’m going to take a peek now at some of your creations.

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