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.
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!
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.
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″.
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