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Summer of Love Blouse

Added Jul 26, 2010

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






This is BurdaStyle’s “it” blouse for the summer. You can wear it with flowing linen trousers like Alden, or maybe with a high-waist skirt like this one we shot in the Spring. Regardless, this pattern is the perfect platform for a great polka-dot print or floral silk.

Pattern Alteration Notes:
For Alden’s blouse, we used size 44 of the Alexander blouse pattern and elongated the center front seams by 1" each (she wears a 46/48 in BurdaStyle sizing). We added a 2" wide center front placket to ensure there was coverage in the bust— no bra peeking through here because we also inserted invisible snaps. We did the same for the back. After hearing the feedback from our users we made this top better by dropping the waistline by 2" and we doubled the length of the peplum, so it would hit the hips in a flattering way. And doesn’t she shine?

Material Notes

Red and white polka dot silk, B&J Fabrics, NYC. Sizes 32-44: 1 3/4 yards (1.5 meters) self, 90 × 50cm, interfacing, 13 buttons



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Garment Type
Bohemian, Business, Evening Wear, Preppy
Cotton, Blends, Silk


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    Feb 28, 2011, 03.50 AMby lookingsewgood

    I think the blouse looks awful with those gaps in the bust and has an awkward shoulder/ bust/ armscythe area. I am also a busty girl and seek to avoid problems like these.

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    Feb 28, 2011, 03.49 AMby lookingsewgood

    I think the blouse looks awful with those gaps in the bust and has an awkward shoulder/ bust/ armscythe area. I am also a busty girl and seek to avoid problems like these.

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    Feb 28, 2011, 03.49 AMby lookingsewgood

    I think the blouse looks awful with those gaps in the bust and has an awkward shoulder/ bust/ armscythe area. I am also a busty girl and seek to avoid problems like these.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 03.54 PMby leahfranqui

    How did you put in the placket? I looked at the sleeve tutorial but I don’t understand how it relates. I made this shirt and it’s gorgeous but it gaps at the front. I would love to put in a placket but I can’t figure out how! Please help!

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    Jul 30, 2010, 10.34 AMby sandrasews

    Really really beautiful. Alden, you look stunning as always. The blouse is one of my favourites on the site, I’ll have to make it up soon. I love both versions. Great job BS.

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    Jul 30, 2010, 03.36 AMby Laura Payne

    not a granny blouse= but it is lovely for those who are in shape to wear it.

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    Jul 30, 2010, 12.05 AMby madstitchress

    This is gorgeous, as is Alden. She is my fave Burda model!

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    Jul 29, 2010, 06.38 PMby mcginnhold

    Oh how lovely this blouse is…romantic, feminine , timeless. It looks wonderful on you.
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    Jul 29, 2010, 05.41 PMby babydol

    I love this 40’s looking style! Beautiful alterations to a pattern that I hadn’t considered, now I would just to play with the alterations. :) Thank you for sharing

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    Jul 28, 2010, 03.15 PMby rifqafg

    Beautiful blouse!!! I agree with cjeffery……..

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    Jul 28, 2010, 02.18 PMby damianadesigns

    This look is perfect for you Alden! It’s got a whole 40’s thing goin’ on, very pretty and stylish. I think I want to make this top now!

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    Jul 28, 2010, 08.55 AMby santaelena

    wow – I LOVE it!!!! Can you make one for me??? :)

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    Jul 28, 2010, 08.49 AMby wishofhappiness

    Alden, your eyes look soo pretty! I love this top on you!

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    Jul 28, 2010, 07.27 AMby meg

    Nice blouse but needs a hook and eye at neck line to prevent seam gaping.

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    Jul 28, 2010, 02.28 AMby caramia-made

    Oh I love this blouse! And Alden looks great, her skin is absolutely glowing!

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    Jul 27, 2010, 11.50 PMby passthepins

    I agree that adding length to the original is an improvement. I am inspired to make another version now ( I still love the original), with some extra length on the sleeves too ( I am in love with 1970s floaty sleeves at the moment.)

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    Jul 27, 2010, 11.47 PMby allygally

    Gorgeous. Alden, the blouse, both are just gorgeous. I love the lengthened peplum and dropped waist. Nice job!

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    Jul 27, 2010, 10.06 PMby pmhenry

    I am with you all. This is a great idea that we Can do. Because I am old with yucky arms and flat rear end (make that sagging), I will make this with 3/4 sleeves that are not quite so full and probably lenghthen the bottom a little more.

    Really super. Thanks and by the way your model is beautiful shows offf the blouse perfectly.

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    Jul 27, 2010, 08.45 PMby reneebeth

    Beautiful! A question…about lowering the waist two inches, I can’t tell if you made that an alteration while making this particular blouse or whether you altered the actual pattern to be sold with a 2 inch lower waist. I’m assuming that it was an alteration of the pattern for this particular blouse, but somehow the wording confuses me. Thanks! I’ve been hesitant about the “for purchase” patterns but this one is reaaaaallly tempting me. I’d love to look that effortless!

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      Jul 27, 2010, 08.47 PMby reneebeth

      (Especially great since I’m the exact same size that Alden wears, I love seeing her as the model because it is very relevant to me)


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    Jul 27, 2010, 08.18 PMby purplemage

    I really like this a lot – polka dots rule, and the blouse looks great.

    OK, just looked at the old version – you all have REALLY made some awesome improvements to this blouse. Great job on that – I do love the dots, but I am now in love with the sleeves and the front neckline. I may have to try this one myself – though I’ve never sewn with silk before.

    And Alden looks amazing.

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    Jul 27, 2010, 07.09 PMby threadsquare

    Muchos gracias for the alteration notes! I have a silk that is the reverse of this, which I picked up specifically for the Alexander. I haven’t cut into it yet, knowing I’d have to make quite a few adjustments for a flattering fit on my body.

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    Jul 27, 2010, 09.07 AMby barkcloth

    Alden, it suits you a lot better than the girl with the tattood arms.

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    Jul 26, 2010, 10.47 PMby carolinam

    Very cute! I don’t really get the size, is that really 46? This blouse must have a slimming effect or my understanding of sizes is incorrect. Anyway, Alden, you look great.

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    Jul 26, 2010, 10.43 PMby revivalfabrics

    I also think that the buttons down the back look uncomfortable. This blouse certainly is timeless, it reminds me of 1940s vintage blouses. Lovely!

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    Jul 26, 2010, 09.45 PMby cjeffery

    It is absolutely beautiful, but I would think shank buttons down the back would be painful.

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    Jul 26, 2010, 08.23 PMby reneebies

    this is gorgeous!

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    Jul 26, 2010, 06.43 PMby Roseana Auten

    Everything, from the fabric choice, down to the photo styling, is spot on. Alden, you really gotta glam it up more often! :)

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    Jul 26, 2010, 06.40 PMby sokkenmonster

    Wow, I love it! It is a completely diffrent look, and Alden looks gorgeous in it! You did a good job with the pattern alterations. The lower waist definitely makes it more wearable.

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    Jul 26, 2010, 06.34 PMby corduroycoat

    Oooo, I really love this more modern version! The original was fabulous too, but this is much more wearable!

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    Jul 26, 2010, 06.17 PMby lunatepetal

    oh whoa, Alden you look so beautiful!! I love this version of the blouse and I may have to try it :)

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