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Polka Dot Burda Silk Blouse 04/2011 #105

Added Feb 17, 2016

by shibz

, Australia






I had in my mind the idea of a slouchy, polka dotted shirt. After unsuccessfully trying to fit Grainline’s Archer and the Sewaholic Granville, I turned to this pattern (Burda Silk Blouse 04/2011 #105). I made a few style alterations, namely, converting the right fold over button placket to a separate buttonband, altering the sleeve to be pleated into an angled cuff with a continuous bound placket, and adding a back pleat for a less restrictive fit. All my fit and style alterations are detailed below.

The fabric is a beautiful satin back poly crepe which unfortunately proved a little tricky to cut. Those dots wanted to slide all over the place so I cut the pieces single layer, in between two layers of paper after ensuring the pattern was straight. A few pieces had to be cut again as the dots were slightly off grain. It refused to take a press so folds were basted in place. The plackets were easy to construct thanks to this tutorial: http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.com.au/2010/10/tricks-of-trade-continuous-bound-sleeve.html

Changes made to a 40 bust / 44 hips:
- changed right button placket to a separate buttonband
- shortened and widened sleeve, finished with a continuous bound placket and angled cuff approx. 27 × 9cm finished
- cut longer by following pattern piece for dress (maybe 6cm?)
- 13mm forward shoulder adjustment, moved sleeve cap forward 13mm to match
- took some ease out of sleeve cap by narrowing and shortening approx. 6mm (there was a lot of ease!)
- slashed and added 1cm vertically to front piece at bust; this made bust dart wider, I also lowered apex 8mm from original position
- 12mm swayback adjustment
- for broad back/more movement in arms:
– let out side seam and sleeve seam 5mm at underarm
– drew back armscye and sleeve cap approx. 5mm wider
– added 5cm to CB piece, tapering to nothing at hem; this became a box pleat under the yoke

Material Notes

2.5m x 147cm wide vogue satin backed spot crepe, polyester, gift from The Remnant Warehouse for Xmas. Sheerweft interfacing. 14mm fish eye buttons from M. Recht Accessories.


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  • El_large

    Feb 18, 2016, 05.41 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Looks wonderful on you – and I like your skirt too :)

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    Feb 18, 2016, 03.00 PMby Mary Athey

    Lovely x

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    Feb 18, 2016, 06.34 AMby izbott

    Really well done. Good work.

  • Ooobop_thatched_house_large

    Feb 17, 2016, 10.02 PMby janene

    All those adjustments made for such a great fit. Looks perfect!

  • Bildich_large

    Feb 17, 2016, 12.05 PMby PGdesign

    I love blouses and silk, this one is amazing!

  • Maminek_large

    Feb 17, 2016, 10.08 AMby RashaT

    I like this your amazing blouse:-)

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