I’ll be the first to complain when Burda is churning out the same few bomber jacket or sack dress patterns issue after issue. But equally, I’ll say if I love what they have to offer, and at the moment I LOVE Burda! November 2017 was probably my most widely used issue ever (yes, I know, all still unblogged…), and when January 2018 arrived at the news agent’s I know I had to buy the issue.
The first thing I made was the dramatic sleeve blouse #116.
Look, I brought a friend to keep my company while trying to remote control the camera. If she’s good I’ll even sew her some clothes!
Let’s address the elefant in the room:
The pattern placement on the back is just atrocious! I felt really angry at myself for not giving pattern placement any thought whatsoever and not checking before the blouse was half sewed up. But then I clearly was not angry enough to re-do the back, even though I still have fabric. I promised myself I was going to make the rest into an Ogden cami, so I let myself off for the back.
Other than that I absolutely love the blouse. It makes it possible for me to sew into the dramatic sleeve trend without the sleeves getting into the way of actually doing stuff. I did change the normal buttoned cuff to a elasticated cuff because I like my sleeves up, and of course I couldn’t ruin a dramatic sleeve by rolling it up.
The sleeves are the star of the pattern of course. They are incredibly full, which isn’t quite so apparent in the very light and drapey viscose I used. They are tamed with four pleats at the sleeve head and additional gathering to top of the sleeves. They were a bugger to set in, I won’t lie, but if you look at the line drawing I almost find it surprising that they can be set in at all. The rest of the blouse comes together very easily. I made one change to the facings. Burda give you a very small facing just around the neckline and whatever other way of finishing the back slit (I didn’t read the instructions re that step, so I couldn’t say what method they suggest). Instead I enlarged the back facing to go down beneah the slit.
PSA: I am able to fit the blouse over my head easily enough without unbuttoning it, so if you wanted to go without the slit it would likely be fine.
The blouse if going to be my Christmas blouse – no Christmas dress for me, ever since starting my sabbatical my dressing habits have become so casual that making it out of tracksuit bottoms fells like an achievement. There are two dresses in the January edition that I want to make too and a couple of other things that I just ordered fabric for – all in all I’m delighted with the issue, so much so that I’m prepared to overlook the carnival costumes without even passing comment!
I guess this will be the last post before Christmas, so let me take the change to wish you all a very happy Christmas or a great time off work if you are not celebrating. May all your wishes come true! xxx