FO: Swiss Dot Summer Blouse

The first truly summery day of the year; Liberation day with a music festival right outside my door. There’s hardly a better occasion to wear my just-finished summer blouse out for the first time! I love it a lot, so it will definitely not be the last time either!

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The Facts
Pattern: Blouse 125B from Burda Magazine 04/2007 (They seem to have a few patterns from this issue online, but not this one)
Fabric: Swiss Dot (cotton), about 1,5 m
Notions: Self-made bias tape, 5 buttons, thread
Cost: No idea… everything has been in my stash for a long time. Probably about €15,- in all if I count the magazine.
Time: About 6 hours including tracing and cutting.

I thought about the buttons for very long. At first I wanted white buttons, but I didn’t have any in my stash, I didn’t have time to go buy some, and I wanted to finish at that very moment. So red it is. You can’t see it on the pictures very well, but two out of the five total buttons have a little print on them.

The blouse came together super quickly. The only thing I’d change is to interface the button bands. The instructions don’t tell you to, but it seems a bit too flimsy without some sort of light interfacing.  The best thing about this pattern is that the front panels are double, because it meant that I didn’t have to underline the fabric. I might make another one kind of like the one in the magazine, with a contrasting fabric for the inside of the bodice. In fact, I have a meter of Liberty cotton lying around that would be just enough if I cut the second tie panels from another fabric…

DSC02348The skirt is me-made as well. Somewhere last summer, when I wasn’t really blogging.  It’s a super simple half-circle skirt with pockets, and it’s so easy to wear in the summer. The pictures are a bit too small to show it well, but it has tiny hearts printed on it, not dots.

WIP: Summer blouse

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It’s May vacation! Which means I’ve finally got time to sew something for myself! For months I’ve mainly been working on a wedding dress for someone else (pictures will be there after the wedding, I hope!), so I’m really happy to get some me-sewing in as well.

Anyway, I wanted a cute little summer blouse. The pattern is from one of my old Burda Magazines (4/2007) and I think I bought the Swiss dot about a year ago, hoping to make a summer blouse for last summer… I traced a mix between sizes 36 and 38: A 36 in the shoulders, a 38 at the bust, a 36 in the waist and a 38 at the hips again. It seems to fit really well!

DSC02339This is how far along I am now. I only need to finish the armholes and find some nice buttons. I’m thinking of just using plain white ones, but I’ll have to see what I have. Perhaps I’ll make the cap sleeves a bit shorter, they seem to stick out a bit too much. I’m not sure how exactly to wear it though. The front is double layered, so it’s not see-through there, but as you can see there is a little open bit below the bow which would show a bra…

Preview: Burdastyle Magazine May 2013

Right, it is the beginning of the month again… Time for a review of the Burdastyle Preview. This promises to be a good issue, because there’s already quite a few things that I like. Let’s start with the YAYs, and then move on through the MEHs towards the NAYs.

I know that I shouldn't complain, because there's SO MUCH stuff  availabe in small sizes, but I really wish this one came in 36 as well. I love it!

I know that I shouldn’t complain, because there’s SO MUCH stuff availabe in small sizes, but I really wish this one came in 36 as well. I love it!

This top is really cute, but the bottom is just weird - probably because it's made out of non-stretch fabric, but has to fit over a butt anyway.

This top is really cute, but the bottom is just weird – probably because it’s made out of non-stretch fabric, but has to fit over a butt anyway. Wouldn’t it be adorable over a high waisted skirt, though?

Pretty, simple summer dress - but I'd probably do an A-line or pleated skirt.

Pretty, simple summer dress. I love the bodice, but I’d probably leave off the sleeves and do an A-line or pleated skirt.

Perhaps a little too much cleavage for my liking, but I do love maxi dresses for those unexpected hot days where you just haven't had time to shave your legs.

Perhaps a little too much cleavage for my liking, but I do love maxi dresses for those unexpected hot days where you just haven’t had time to shave your legs.

The fabric looks a bit like a towel, but I think it could look lovely in a different  fabric.

The fabric looks a bit like a towel, but I think it could look lovely in a different fabric.

I like the top, but those pointy bits on the skirt... No thanks.

I like the top, but those pointy bits on the skirt… No thanks.

I hope these are pyjama pants, because it is more than time for the "floral pyjama pants as normal pants" trend to go away!

I hope these are pyjama pants, because it is more than time for the “floral pyjama pants as normal pants” trend to go away!

Preview: Burdastyle Magazine March 2013

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Love this cute little cardigan. A nice addition to the growing pile of knit cardigans!

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The whole “Blütenträume” (Flower Dream) section is wonderful. I love the little cap sleeves on this dress.

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The gathered bodice on this is gorgeous. I would probably make it shorter though.

I'm not sure if the stripey trousers are a pattern in this Burda - but they're awesome!

I’m not sure if the stripey trousers are a pattern in this Burda – but they’re awesome!

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Pretty, floaty wedding dress, but what the hell is up with the champagne bottle turned play-backing microphone?

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I don’t even know what to say about this. It looks like she’s bird watching in a two-piece Snuggie.

The section “Blütenträume” is fantastic, and some of the others seem promising too! I’m curious to see what the complete selection will be like. I ignored the Plus section this time, because it all seemed rather dull and tunic-y. I hope that’ll be better in April.

Preview: Burdastyle Magazine February 2013

January has only just begun, but Burdastyle.de always has the preview of the next issue up very early in the month. It seems to be a promising issue.

asymmetrical topFrom the theme “Urban Safari” I only really like the asymmetrical top from this picture. Perhaps I’m just tricked by the gorgeous jewel-like purple, but it seems beautiful. It’s a pity the technical drawings aren’t available yet, because I’m not sure if the shoulders are asymmetrical too, or if it’s just the hem.

Actually, taking a look at the flat photographs, the skirt might be quite pretty too. It is just really hard to make out the pleating details and the curved hem in such a busy print (which doesn’t even scream “safari” to me to be honest…).

blouse and skirtA gorgeous outfit! I would love to make this blouse in exactly these colours right now. The skirt might be a little too long for me, but chop off about 15 cm and that seems to be a winner too.

Jersey topI’m a bit torn about this one actually. Again, I think I might just be lured in by the fabric rather than the cut but it would probably be nice in a very drapey viscose jersey. This is actually the only pattern that I might consider buying the magazine for, because everything else seems easy enough to draft myself. I’ll probably end up having a quick look at the pattern pieces in the store though, so I can hopefully figure it out myself.

Have you had a look at next month’s Burdastyle Magazine yet? If so, which ones are your favourites? One of the beautiful wedding dresses from the plus size selection, or perhaps a hippie-style tunic?

Review: Burda Style Magazine March 2012

Oh my goodness, how did all these days just fly by? At the end of my past semester I was so overwhelmed by all the papers, presentations and other deadlines that I haven’t been sewing or even thinking about sewing at all. Things have eased up now, so I will have some things to show soon! (Although I’m afraid my participation in the SewColette Sew-Along has been shortlived… Too much drafting and sewing homework.)

For now, I’m taking a look at the new Burda Style Magazine, that should be in stores in a few days. Below are a few of my favourites. The full preview, with all photos and technical drawings is up on the German Burda Style website. Overall, this issue looks kind of meh to me. There are a few nice basics, such as a wrap t-shirt, trousers and shorts, but also a lot of baggy, unflattering dresses that would make the most gorgeous model look frumpy.

First up, a cute little summer dress. It isn’t very remarkable, but I like the twist in the front bodice and skirt. I wonder what the pattern pieces look like.

Pro: Interesting twist; simple but nice  design that would also look good with a cardigan over it.

Con: The placement of the twist and the slightly raised waistline. At the natural waist would probably look nicer.


The photo of jacket 115 is rubbish, and makes it look boring and unflattering, so I’m just showing you all the tech drawing. It’s a cute princess-seamed motorcycle styled jacket. I really like the asymmetrical front and the fact that it does not really have a collar. I guess it would look fabulous in a denim or even a rustic wool.


Last, but definitely not least, my absolute favourite from the bunch. No, I’m not planning a wedding yet, but the dress is beautiful. It kind of reminds me of Pippa Middleton’s bridesmaid dress, don’t you agree? The cowl neck is just beautiful, and I might transfer that to a shorter, more “everyday” kind of dress. It seems as if the skirt would be cut on the bias, because I don’t think you could get such a slinky, close fit otherwise.

What about you? Have I missed any of your favourites?

Burda Magazine February 2012

Colour block dress Burdastyle 2012
This is why I am going to buy the new Burdastyle Magazine as soon as it hits the shelves here. Can you imagine the colour possibilities? It would even look wonderful in just one colour, perhaps with some piping to emphasise the seams.

I also love the way the tech-drawing shows a zipper that goes all the way down. How about a zipper that opens two ways, so you can create a split in the back whenever you want or need to!