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The Parisian Blouse

Added Dec 20, 2010

by petitejosette

Vancouver, Canada






This is Blouse 118 from BWOF August 2009. The sleeve-less version (117) has been quite popular amongst the Sewing community, and it is definitely on my list for summer, but for a more fall/winter garment I went for the sleeve version.
The blouse has puffy 3/4 sleeves with tight armbands, 2 floundes going down on each side of the center seam and a slit at the top and bottom, with a button tab at the hem.

Aside from the button tab, the pattern was quite easy to execute, although the heming of the ruffles required a bit of attention. I don’t have a rolled hem foot so I had to press a 1/8" double hem before sewing it in place with a zig-zag stitch. I’m quite happy with the result.

I made a slight modification to the flounce by adding an extra pleat at the top, to give more shape, as it was laying a bit too flat at first, I also tightened the arm bands (a bit too much though).
I didn’t do an actual button hole at the bottom, as it is mostly a design detail anyway, and stitched the two layers together so that the bottom tab would not peek out from under. I did french seams for the shoulder, side and sleeve seams, and finished the center seam and armhole seams with brown satin bias tape.

I have to say this is not my favorite garment I’ve made. I’m happy with the finished product in terms of techniquem but it’s the style I’m not crazy about. I’m not sure if the ruffle is really “me”. But i think I have other garments in my wardrobe that I could pair it with (skeany jeans and a longish sweater vest), to wear.

More photos and details on my blog Petite Josette

Material Notes

The pattern recommends using silk, but I didn’t find anything that I liked in the silk department, so I went with a shirting cotton with a bit of stretch to it, and a slight shine too, which color I really like.




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Cotton, Shirting

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    Jan 1, 2011, 11.03 PMby winslow

    Stunning. I need to make one!

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    Dec 29, 2010, 06.48 AMby nettie

    Really beautiful! You’re inspiring me to get out my machine for full size sewing rather than doll clothes!

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    Dec 28, 2010, 08.35 PMby thugsoftheheart

    this is gorgeous! i think it looks great on you. i’m already imagining a version for myself in linen…

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    Dec 28, 2010, 08.17 PMby sukino

    Love the fabric and color. Good job!

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    Dec 28, 2010, 08.09 PMby graveflower

    This is a huge inspiration and a beautiful blouse. I like your use of cotton instead of silk, it looks so modern and crisp while being light!

    It wish this pattern were for download!

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    Dec 28, 2010, 02.19 PMby mariansonia

    I actually did the sleeveless version of this blouse. I couldn’t really wear it though because i didn’t sew the front slit up as much as you, and it kept gaping open, it didn’t look great. Also, the idea with the little clasp is great, i think i will add one to my blouse, or i might just sew it all the way up.:)

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      Dec 28, 2010, 08.57 PMby petitejosette

      Thanks for your comment. I got the idea of the clasp from juebejue’s sleeveless version posted on Burdastyle. It’s a nice little detail, and definitely keeps the top from gaping, especially with the wight of the ruffles…

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    Dec 28, 2010, 11.56 AMby Sally-Ann Hoyne

    This is just what I’m looking for. It looks nice enough for wearing to work, and loose enough to still be comfortable. I’ll give this a try. I have the pattern on a LEKO CD, so that will be today’s project. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    Dec 27, 2010, 07.13 PMby Cheryl Scott

    So lovely. . .would love to make it up in some ivory silk I have!

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    Dec 27, 2010, 11.10 AMby lynnevv

    Gorgeous! I love it!

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    Dec 26, 2010, 05.39 PMby Megan Richards

    This is gorgeous! I really love the sleeves on it.

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    Dec 26, 2010, 02.39 PMby lizah

    This is absolutely beautiful. Looks very elegant!

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    Dec 26, 2010, 05.05 AMby cooi

    where on earth can I find this wonderful pattern?

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      Dec 26, 2010, 06.08 PMby DivaNY

      Any idea where to buy this pattern? I am new to this site and don’t know my way around.

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    Dec 25, 2010, 02.32 PMby Testosterone


    Whether the ruffle is “you” or not, this blouse is unbelievably chic.

    Nice fingernails too!

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    Dec 25, 2010, 09.55 AMby deekhoo


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    Dec 25, 2010, 06.27 AMby chelsea888

    sooo gorgeous!

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    Dec 25, 2010, 12.41 AMby nessys

    I can see why this project was highlighted by the team at Burdastyle as of particular note. This is very chic. So very French to me – so elegant, so “clean” in it’s details – you may not be 100% happy with it but you have done a fantastic job and looks lovely on you.

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      Dec 26, 2010, 07.26 PMby petitejosette

      Thank you so much for your nice comment ! I am definitely going to try and find a way to wear it tha twill feel “me”

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    Dec 24, 2010, 08.30 PMby MrsYoung

    Just lovely – well done! So lovely, I want to make my own. I’m new to Burda and can’t seem to find this pattern. Is it still available? Cheers x

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      Dec 26, 2010, 07.25 PMby petitejosette

      Thank you for your comment !
      You might be able to find back issues of Burda but I am not sure where. I don’t think the pattern is available to download…

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    Dec 24, 2010, 08.19 PMby kemi adeyele

    very nice.

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    Dec 24, 2010, 07.41 PMby AmyNicoleStudio

    LOVE this!

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    Dec 24, 2010, 07.23 PMby Sewing And Style

    love this blouse and absolutely adore your blog- would love to feature it on my Sewing and Style blog I’ve used the pattern before, but I made a sleeveless version, and now I think the one with sleeves is super cute- better than it looked in the magazine (You can check mine out here)

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      Dec 26, 2010, 07.30 PMby petitejosette

      Thank you for your wonderful comment ! and your version of the blouse is actually really creative, I would have never thought of making it in a sheer fabric, but it works really well for a fun going out top. Your blog is full of great inspirations too ! I’d be honored that mine be featured there !

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    Dec 24, 2010, 03.22 PMby Ralf Schmitz

    such a lovely and beautiful blouse! i love it!!!

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    Dec 22, 2010, 05.58 AMby cantare

    So great! It goes perfectly with those pants too.

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    Dec 21, 2010, 12.12 AMby loyl8

    love this!!!!! beautiful!!!

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    Dec 20, 2010, 09.58 PMby vintage-junky

    Absolutely beautiful!

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