I went one size smaller. I always do, with Burda patterns. For some reason, if I go true to measurements, pieces turn out too baggy.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
It did, more or less.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
It is a relatively easy style, but I did follow instructions, which were ok, except for the closures. I had to guess how the closures work. I used self-fabric selvedge to reinforce the stitched edges underneath the buttons; and, instead of making buttonholes, I decided to make loops on the outside, and small snaps inside.
|I reenforced the side seam allowance (1" / 2.5 cm wide) with a selvedge strip. |
The buttons are sewn through the seam allowance and through the strip.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked how the blouse drapes, as well as the style. I don’t like the height of the collar - it collapses. Therefore, for drapey fabrics, I would either reduce the height of the collar, or reinforce the collar with some interfacing.
I chose silk charmeuse, and it feels really wonderful against the skin!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I have already described some of the changes I made above.
More importantly, I have sewn the entire blouse by hand! I also hand-overcast the entire blouse, following an example of an Haute Couture silk blouse featured in Claire Shaeffer’s PDF “Behind the Seams: Chaeffer on Chanel”
(1) I wanted to learn and apply couture techniques I learned recently, and
(2) I wanted to have more control over the slippery charmeuse. I was watching Netflix movies while I was sewing, because the sewing process took several long evenings.
|Hand-overcast shoulder seam. |
Seam allowances are about 1" (2.5 cm) for all seams
I also made self-fabric bias binding for the sleeves.
Shoulder seams: even though I hand-stitched, then pressed-open the shoulder seams and then hand overcast each section, as in the Shaeffer’s example, I would have rather used a narrow French seam. It would have added more stability to the seams.
This reminds me of Roberta Carr’s Rules of Couture (from her book Couture: The Art of Fine Sewing) " "Sew with your head... Understand that couture requires judgment."
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would recommend this sleeveless version, but I won’t sew it again- there are enough other styles I am looking forward to.
I really like the final result, even though there were few things I would have done differently for this type of fabric (marking, shoulder seams, hem). But, all in all, it makes a great wardrobe builder that works well with cardigans (which I love), jackets, or on its own.
|paired with a cardigan|
Apart from the garment itself, I really enjoyed sewing charmeuse. As Ms. Carr said: "Enjoy the process as much as the result." Which I definitely did!