Burdastyle 3/2018 # 114: Desperate Measures (#burdachallenge2018)

If, like me, you’re blogging from Northern Europe you will probably be as fed up with winter as I am. I’m just really, REALLY over it, so much so that I’ve been in full spring sewing mode for about 4 weeks, which coincidentally has been the coldest 4 weeks of this winter. Something does not seem to work quite as it should with my karma…

A case in point is this blouse, #114 from Burdastyle 3/18 in this sherbert coloured cotton lawn.

The fabric was an impulse buy from my local fabric shop, again because the flowers and colours reminded me that there might be warmer temperatures just around the corner.

The blouse has massive sleeves tamed by wide cuffs and a pussy bow.

I’m not sure I like it tied though. It stands up around the neckline, because it’s just a simple rectangle and when tied this becomes more apparent. Maybe that’s a design feature, but  if so, it’s one I’m not majorly keen on.

I made one important change: the bodice is meant to be cut on the bias, but I just cut it on grain.

I lengthened the blouse by about 5 cm, so beware, it is really quite short as drafted. Also I took out about 20 cm of the width around the hemline. I felt it was just too flared otherwise. My instagram has a few before and after pictures, so if you are interested in seeing the difference you might want to look there. I did make one important change: the bodice is meant to be cut on the bias, but I just cut it on grain. So maybe the flare would not have been as pronounced if cut on the bias – I guess this is for others to find out.

Here, I’m wearing the blouse with matching powder pink trousers. They are also Burdastyle, but I don’t remember which pattern exactly. Or better, now I do, thanks to ab, the Compulsive Seamstress, who reminded me that’s Burda 9/2010 #115.

And this one is  just for a quick impression of the proportions of the sleeves.

Because I had time on my hands I made another version of the blouse, this time in a grey and white striped shirting, the antidote to the sweetness of the pattern. I left of the ties this time and in fact I do like it better this way. Sorry I don’t have any better pictures yet and you have to make do with my sligthly faulty mobile picture, but I only finished the blouse today. I think you get the idea at least.

You can see that the arm scythe (do you even say that for raglan seams? But you know what I mean, the sleeve-to-bodice-seam) is a little short and I get some draglines from there. I’m not quite sure what’s happened as I didn’t have the problem on the flowery version. I think I might have made some of the pleats on the sleeves a little too deep thus dragging the bodice seam up too much. I didn’t bother to change it though, as I think this style of blouse is very me in 2018 and so consequently might not be in my wardrobe forever. I’ve already worked out that I can cut an Ogden out of the bodice pieces, so all is well in the world of recycling 😉 .

I’ll take both versions with me on my visit to Porto next week, and when I return from Southern Europe can we agree that then it’s really time for spring to start??!!


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11 thoughts on “Burdastyle 3/2018 # 114: Desperate Measures (#burdachallenge2018)

  1. NancyD March 18, 2018 at 10:10 pm Reply

    I really like you grey version without neck tie. I plan to shamelessly steal your idea. Would also shamelessly steal your fabric, if possible. I like bows on other folks, but I can never manage them on myself!

  2. Marianne March 18, 2018 at 10:21 pm Reply

    Pretty blouses! I love the untied ties on the floral version. Enjoy your trip to Portugal!

  3. Anne W March 19, 2018 at 1:08 am Reply

    I’m liking the grey verson a lot! I stalked your Instagram feed and found the pattern for those pretty pink trousers, it’s 115 from 09/2010!

    • Chris March 19, 2018 at 1:48 pm Reply

      Well thank you! I’ll update the post accordingly!

  4. Maria March 19, 2018 at 1:21 pm Reply

    Yes, better without the ties. I’ve got two blouses w. ties and never wear them, but I love them on others but I think they’re just in the way on me.

    • Chris March 19, 2018 at 1:48 pm Reply

      Maria, that may be exactly the point! Maybe they’re just in the way. I’ve never thought of it this way.

  5. Sofie Mitropoulos March 19, 2018 at 2:17 pm Reply

    I like the grey version a lot too. It really shows the swing of the top too. I like the flower one too but they look completely different! Pink pants seem to be the thing of the season… here in the southern hemisphere.

    • Chris March 19, 2018 at 2:51 pm Reply

      Don’t even mention anything to do with the South… We had new snow today and some work scheduled in my garden was postponed due to the unusually cold weather.

  6. Mia March 19, 2018 at 8:21 pm Reply

    What a lovely spring outfit (Spring will be here soon … Hopefully!). The flower top becomes my favorite one, probably due to the great matching with your entire outfit.


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