I had a curse. The Liberty curse. Like many intermediate sewists, I found myself drawn to Liberty’s gorgeous, distinctive prints and fine fabric. It’s hard to resist, even at $45-odd dollars a yard. Yet somehow, every blouse I tried to make from Liberty fabric failed. Big fat wadder. I guess I got the yips and forgot how to sew. Speaking of forgetting how to sew, check out the in-progress shot. What’s wrong with that picture?
I sewed the back on inside out. This comes from Burda 01-2011-107. It’s a gem of a blouse, easy to overlook. Someone made a black and white version in class and was kind enough to loan me her copy. (It’s coming right back your way, C, I promise!) This pattern doesn’t have an inner yoke, but I put one in the traditional shirt making way. Twice, on this one.
This blouse calls for exterior darts, but I made mine the usual way. I have another exterior dart blouse on the make. Also note the french seams, and the brown buttonhole bobbin thread because I couldn’t be bothered to stop working to wind a black one.
I used black satin binding on the neck seam.
This collar has an odd shape- I ended up lapping the seams which join the collar to the stand. I also cut the undercollar in two pieces on the bias, like a coat collar. Because I could.
Kbenco made this, and wrote a double yoke tutorial. She also noted that she made no FBA. I was shocked, she and I are similarly shaped. I even wrote to her to confirm it. She used her normal Burda size. I decided to err on the side of caution and go up a size, so now I have a biggish shirt.
I usually wear closely fitted clothing, but I think this will be a go-to summer shirt. Curse broken.
The back has a cool pleat- I love back interest. I wore this all day before taking photos, and will probably never wear it un-tucked.
Mmm, clipper ships. I finally found the courage to cut this shirt because I wanted to use the scraps in my Storm at Sea quilt, which I have now put on the back burner to allow me to indulge in a serious blouse fixation.
By the way, Australians, did you hear that Pattern Review is hosting a get together in Sydney? I’m thinking about going, it’s not that far and Sydney is beautiful.
Also, I miss the Selfish Seamstress.