Burda Style Blouse |115 02/20

I’m excited to finally bring this blog post to you all!  I normally save my Christmas money, but this year I decided to spurge and subscribe to the Burda Style magazine (I also had some encouragement with this decision).  Now, at the time of writing this post, this is now my second make from the Burda Style magazines (I made my daughter a top).  To date, I have received February, March, April and May issues as I signed up in the middle of January 2020.

Today, I’m talking all about Burda Style Blouse 115 from the February 2020 issue.  I was first attracted to this pattern based on the pink fabric that they used for their sample, next I was drawn to this pattern because of the term “polyester” in the pattern name, after that I was drawn to the elastic in the sleeve cuffs and finally I knew this pattern could fit into my work wardrobe.


The Fabric:

I know that polyester can sometimes have a bad reputation and because of that, I fear making things with polyester as I become more familiar with different types of fabrics.  As I continue on my sewing journey, I still sometimes struggle to pick the right fabric for the right project.  I picked up this fabric at my local Fabricland last spring.  I paid roughly $4/meter.  I couldn’t pass it up because it really reminded me of this Atelier Brunette fabric.  But what to make with this fabric?!

Finally, a pattern with the term “polyester” in it’s name….it must be a match!


The Pattern:

This is a pretty straight forward pattern, featuring bust darts, a v-neck line and facing and 3/4 length sleeves with elastic cuffs.  You all know my love for elastic cuffs in anything!  I thought this was the perfect pattern to ease my way into the Burda Style magazine journey.


I sew mostly in the evenings once my daughter goes to bed.  So between tracing out the pattern, cutting the fabric and sewing, it took me a couple evenings to complete.  I also hand stitched the hem.  In my experience and opinion, this is a easy and quick pattern to sew up.


The Experience:

I traced a Burda Style size 40 with absolutely no alterations.  A few of my sewing friends have said that they love the Burda Style sizes and that they rarely require alterations.    For a woven top, I think the fit is great.  I was slightly nervous about the bust darts, but they appear to be in the correct place.  For future versions of this top, I will lengthen the bodice just a tad, for reference I’m 5’9″.



Thanks for reading!

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Mommy and Me Tops

Yes, I’m going to be one of those parents.  I will sew my daughter matching tops with me for as long as she will let me.  This was my first attempt and I think it turned out fabulous!  Now, try getting an almost 3 year old to pose for pictures.  This was the best that I could do, but that’s okay because it’s not the pictures that count….it’s the joy on her face to wear something that mommy made.

I was contemplating the Burda Style magazine subscription for quite some time, but for Christmas, I decided to use my Christmas money for the magazine subscription (thank you!).  So far, to date, I’ve received 3 issues (February, March and April).


Her Pattern:

For my very first magazine make, I decided to make my daughter a top from the February 2020 issue of Burda Style.  It is style number 130, you can also purchase the PDF download using the link above.

This pattern is a basic t-shirt pattern featuring a high-low hem.  It comes in Burda Style sizes 116-140.  This pattern calls for jersey fabrics.

Sewing this top was fairly straight forward and easy.  I love that they have you sew the sleeves in flat and then sew the sleeve seam and side seams in one go!  This pattern features a high-low hem.  Very quick and easy, the instructions were clear.

I made the smallest size that the pattern comes in, which is a Burda Style size 116.  My daughter doesn’t quite fit into the Burda Style Children’s sizes just yet, so it is a little big for her right now, but she will grow into it.  Besides, children grow very fast, so this gives her a chance to wear it a little while longer.

My Pattern:

For my top, I used the Pixie Tee by Chalk and Notch Patterns.   The Pixie Tee comes in sizes 0 – 18 and calls for fabrics that are light to medium weight stretch knit (rayon jersey, cotton jersey, french terry).  The pattern has 2 views, A and B, but you could easily mix the views for a custom look to your liking.

I sewed view A, in a straight size 8 with no alterations.  This pattern is very similar to the pattern that I used for my daughter’s top, even down to the construction.  Both patterns have you sew the sleeves in flat and then the sleeve seam and size seam in one go, which is my preferred method.  At the time of the photos and this blog post, the hem sleeves are left raw and I’m thinking of leaving it that way.


I misread the instructions while sewing this and I sewed the incorrect hem width (blame it on the working from home and work papers scattered all around my sewing room).  I folded my hem smaller than the instructions said to.  This is an accident that turned out to be in my favor.  The pattern calls for 1.25 inch elastic, which I currently do not have.  But that is okay, because as I was sewing this I thought to myself “there’s no way a 1.25 inch elastic will fit in there”.  Some time ago, my mom gave me a bunch of old bed sheets that had the elastic in them.  Last year, I seam ripped the elastic out and kept it just in case I needed an elastic of that size.  Luckily, this was the perfect sized elastic for my Pixie Tee.

Now, with that being said, it also means that my side ties do not fit into the hem like they are supposed to.  When the tie is tied up, you don’t even notice my error…which is always a good thing when you can not see your own mistakes.

Other than my error, this is a great pattern and I can definitely see myself making more of these tops, some with the ties and some without.



The Fabric:

At the beginning of January 2020 while I was at the fabric store, I seen this fabric while my daughter was shopping with me.  She kept asking if I was going to make her more things, so I decided I would buy extra yardage from now on (if the price is right).  I couldn’t help but be drawn to the beautiful flowers.

This fabric is from my local Fabricland.  It is a polyester type of knit.  I’ve tried to find a similar fabric on the Fabricville website, but was unsuccessful.  I paid roughly $4 per meter.  Now, if I’m being honest, it is very beautiful, but I do not prefer it.  As I become more skilled in my sewing, I have learned to love some fabrics and some not so much.  Of course, sometimes with fabrics….you get what you pay for.  This fabric does not have a good recovery.  You need to be extra careful sewing with this kind of fabric.

Sometimes when I look at fabrics, I think to myself “is it worth the pain?”.  Luckily for me, both tops turned out beautiful!

Do you find there are fabrics out there that look beautiful but you avoid because of how they are to handle while sewing?  I’m curious to hear your thoughts on this.

Thanks for reading.  Up next, I’ll be sewing myself a Burda Style top and providing a review of my experience sewing with the Burda Style magazines!



Please note:  All opinions are my own, I do not have affiliate links.  I like to provide an honest, in depth opinion so that you can make a decision to try or not to try a pattern or fabric.

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