Friday, June 15, 2018

In Progress: Burda Off-The-Shoulder Blouse 05/2018 #110

Can it really be the middle of June already? I feel as if I've barely begun sewing the items I have planned for the summer, including the multiple designs I've marked in my BurdaStyle magazines. I've subscribed to Burda Style magazine for nearly ten years, and every month I mark the ones I want to sew, but find that I don't always take time to trace, alter, and sew the designs I've chosen. Until now. One of the 2018 goals I set for myself  is to sew at least one item from every magazine issue.

At the moment I'm working on the Off-The-Shoulder Blouse #110 from the May 2018 magazine. It's also available as a downloadable pattern on the BurdaStyle website.  I choose this beautiful floral rayon challis as my fabric.

I found the fabric at my favorite local fabric store, SR Harris. It was only $6/yard (because all fabric at SR Harris is 50% off the price marked on the bolt).
I knew I wanted a floral print for the top, but was originally envisioning a fabric with less drape than this rayon challis.  However, as I near completion of this blouse, I really like the softness of the fabric with this design.

The only negative about using this fabric is the need to iron it after laundering.  I knew that before I purchased the fabric, but the design of the Burda blouse is simple enough that I'll be able to iron it easily.  Plus I really like ironing :-)

 As I was preparing to lay out my pattern pieces, I noticed "Jams World" written on the selvage.  I didn't know if it was a designer or manufacturer, but a quick Google search provided my answer. Apparently Jams World has been making and selling clothing in Hawaii since 1964. 

The only alteration I made to the pattern was to do full bust adjustment (FBA), which is one of my usual alterations.

I like the shoulder ties as it covers my bra straps (or will once I'm done).  I ended up bringing the shoulder ties in closer to the center front and back of the top than what was marked on the pattern. If you sew this I would try the blouse on and adjust the placement of the ties before permanently stitching them in place.
Here's a pic of the *almost* finished blouse - I just need to do a little hand stitching and add the snap closures.
I'm really liking it!  In fact, if I can find more of this fabric at SR Harris, I plan on sewing a pair of wide leg pants and wear the two pieces together.

BurdaStyle Influencer
As I mentioned above, one of my 2018 goals is to sew at least one garment from my BurdaStyle magazines.  That's why when I was contacted by BurdaStyle to see if I was interested in being one of their  Influencers, I didn't hesitate to say yes!  You can read more about it, and meet the other Influencers, on this BurdaStyle blog post.   As an Influencer, I do receive one downloadable pattern per month at no cost, and this was the pattern I choose for June.

Stay tuned as I hope to finish the top, and sew matching pants yet this week!

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1 comment:

  1. What a really gorgeous fabric Sharon and not at all surprising to discover it's tropical! It's sophisticated tropical I think!
    Can't wait to see the pants and whole ensemble. Also, congratulations on your deal with Burda!! Love, Jude



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