June 15, 2013 by Janna Roznos
Well I can cross June off.
I have completed a garment from the June Issue of Burda Style Magazine.
I chose this blouse.
It was relatively easy, especially since I have been sewing blouses almost every month. By now I should be able to sew a blouse with my eyes closed. Well, maybe with just one eye closed.
I sewed the size 42 which seems to fit my shoulders the best and rather than grading to a size 44 for the hips, I instead added a yoke and a pleated back.
I kept the ¾ sleeve length but I added a sleeve placket and button.
Also, the pattern was for a mandarin collar so I added a ruffle. I used my newly acquired gathering foot to make the ruffle.
Prior to purchasing this foot, I used to just zig-zag over a cord and ruffle the fabric by hand. I do own a ruffler attachment and the quintessentially ruffler book.
But it doesn’t fit on my newer sewing machine, but one my older machine, which means I would have to drag it out of the closet and set it up. It is much easier to just use this gathering foot instead.
I opted to incorporate the selvedge along the top edge so that’s why it looks a bit fringy.
This is the third blouse I have made with a ruffle in the collar stand. A neat design, but I really need to try something else.
The fabric is from the recent donation I was given. Most of it I passed on to the Tailoring Class, but I did hold on to few pieces – one being this paisley print fabric. I think this is probably a polyester charmeuse fabric (it launders like polyester). I could of done a burn test and try to figure out the fabric content, but I am lousy at discerning any useful information from a piece of burnt fabric other than that it is burnt. The buttons came form my stash.
I had very little of this fabric so I wasn’t able to do any pattern matching across the center front. Although, maybe that isn’t a big deal? Perhaps I am the only one who notices these things?
The fabric was actually very easy to sew and I neated the seam edges with the serger, although the my serger didn’t like the fabric too much, but what serger likes all fabrics . . . not mine!
I am not sure when I will wear this ‘cause the pattern and the fabric is a little too ‘warm’ for my lifestyle so the blouse will be hanging in the closet for awhile.
In the meantime – well until the July issue of Burda Style gets here – I am sewing up this 1990’s McCall’s pattern with more of the recent donated fabric.