Hello, dear readers! It’s “Tops” month and I have a UFO that’s now finished!
This is a lapel blouse pattern from the Spring/Summer 2013 issue of BurdaStyle Plus magazine. I traced this blouse out and started sewing it up in December 2013 and now it’s completed. Yep, I basically threw it in a bin and forgot about it! Bad girl, I know!
This blouse has princess seams on the front and back with darts extending down into a slight peplum or skirt. The peplum has slits on the sides and features short cuffed sleeves and breast pockets. I omitted the pockets, but only ended up making this blouse sleeveless after misplacing one of the sleeves. I made this in a J Crew floral print silk/cotton voile purchased from Fabric Mart and added some 1940s/50s vintage buttons.
This was my first attempt at tracing a pattern from a magazine. I just loved this blouse and pretty much every design in this magazine, so I pressed on through tracing it even though this was before I was blessed with my specially designed lenses and I could barely see the lines on the pattern diagram. I had such an awful time tracing this pattern that I have yet to trace another. I realize that with the eyesight that I have now that it wouldn’t be as much of a feat, but I think the process has soured me on magazine patterns, even though I have many and love them so.
Pattern Name: BurdaStyle Plus 1/2013 420 Lapel Blouse
Size Range: 44-54
What size did you make? 52/54
What are your….
- Measurements: 48-41-52
- Body shape: Pear-ish/Spoon
- Height: 5’8
- Bra size: 44D
What adjustments did you make and how long did they take? I omitted the sleeves and the pockets, which made the sewing process faster and easier. I made no other adjustments.
What was the construction process like? Did the instructions make sense to you? This went together fairly easily. The instructions are limited without helpful diagrams, so it takes some previous sewing knowledge to make this.
How do you like the pattern’s fit? Do you think the design works well for your body shape? I think it fits fine, although I prefer a little looser fit in button front shirts. I think the shape is great for me.
Will you make the pattern again? If so, what fit or design changes will you make? I probably will make it again as I have it all traced out and I would like to have a sleeved version. I would use a heavier shirting than the fabric I used for this blouse, as I’m not certain this lightweight voile works as well to keep the structure of the pattern. I might add a very slight swayback adjustment. I may also either sew narrower seam allowances or grade this up slightly, but I think that depends on the weight of my future fabric and if the fit differs from this voile.
Do you have any advice on this pattern for other curvy sewers? Are there any resources or tutorials that helped you sew this piece up? Take your time sewing this (although not as much as I!). If you use a lightweight fabric like I did, I’d suggest adding some heavier interfacing than I did to the button plackets.
Pattern Rating (1-5)
- Size range: 4
- Instructions: 2
- Construction process: 4
- Final fit: 4
- Overall rating: 3.5
Overall, I really like this blouse, and I’m glad I resurrected it from the catacombs and look forward to wearing it. I have few button-down blouses, so it’s most definitely something that I needed to add to my wardrobe. This is something I would wear with a cardigan and it might be a blouse that will look good with jeans.