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Polka Dot Ute

Added Jul 9, 2009

by ncn6

Ithaca, New York...






This is my first time sewing in piping — it was time consuming but I think that the effect was definitely worth it. I altered the pattern a little to make the bodice and the sleeves shorter. I also added in a little belt thing at the back to cinch it in at the waist just slightly. The collar is pretty wide and does show my bra if it moves around too much, but alas I don’t have the skills to fix this. I may just cheat and make some snap fasteners to hold the bra in place on the underside of the shirt. (I just realized after uploading this that the color on the photos is a little wonky — the print is black with white dots, not strange colored dots as it appears!)

Material Notes

Cotton, white piping




Garment Type
Business, Classic, Romantic, Vintage


BurdaStyle for the pattern

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    Jul 14, 2009, 06.02 AMby zozowahine

    Really nice! I was just thinking maybe I should give piping a go, and this blouse has reminded me how damn amazing it can look.

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    Jul 11, 2009, 08.30 PMby ncn6

    @AnaJan: Thanks, that does make sense. I’ll keep it in mind for the next time I need to try a more major alternation. Unfortunately I had no material left over on this one. I’ve made this pattern before but with the tie collar, and so I just went ahead and cut away, and I didn’t realize how big the neckline was actually going to be until it was mostly sewn together :-/ But, it’s still totally wearable, I think it actually feels more revealing than it is.

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    Jul 10, 2009, 02.27 AMby anajan

    Lovely! Great job with piping. Regarding the neckline alteration: if you’re unsure how to alter the pattern you can try a “patch” method. Make a muslin for the blouse’s bodice and attach a piece of fabric to the neckline and then draft a new neckline you’re comfortable with. Then transfer your alterations to the paper pattern. To make a new collar use your altered paper pattern for front and back. Lay the pattern pieces on a table and join them at the shoulder seam. Copy the neckline curve on another piece of paper. This line will be a seam line of the new collar (where collar is attached to the neckline). Use an original collar pattern to help you draft the shape of new collar, considering new collar’s curvature. I hope it makes sense. :)

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    Jul 9, 2009, 03.13 PMby aj-jb

    wow very nice looks alil 50s too :D lol

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    Jul 9, 2009, 01.12 PMby stephiaffi

    This is a very cute version! …. but the gaping neckline bit on this pattern is annoying (as we have both noticed), I won’t make this pattern again myself…and I only wear mine with something underneath…

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    Jul 9, 2009, 10.58 AMby aur0ra

    I love this! So cute!

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    Jul 9, 2009, 09.31 AMby pikkupossu

    Just loving it :) I would love to make this for myself :)

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    Jul 9, 2009, 09.28 AMby spiderlily


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