Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Burda 128 sleeveless Blouse-Fern Cotton

Welcome Fern Cotton.  I ruddy love this blouse so much!  It's Burda 128 sleeveless blouse.

The fabric is from Sew Over It.  It's a really light cotton, I think cotton lawn.  I did mark when unpicked so there wasn't a great amount of room for error! Great to work with though!  The blouse itself I went for the size 10.  Burda produce their patterns in cup size C which seems to fit me fine so no need for that pesky FBA!  

The blouse is very long but that's great for me as I always lengthen by a good couple of inches anyway so no lengthening needed with this!  I did take out a good inch at the side seems - well graded it in as it's fitted at the hip for me.

The arms are made with bias binding.  It did take me a while to follow the instructions with the finish for this but got there in the end.  There are very few diagrams in the instructions to follow - be warned!  However I found it pretty straight forward to follow-I did make a muslim first though!

The buttons I got from the local market-cute!

I love this blouse and I'm now making a second one!

Friday, 10 April 2015


I am in love with what our French sewcialists are producing at the moment.  My IG feed is just full of French sewers and when I spotted Republique du Chiffon's Marthe pattern I just had to have a go.

I made it out of a cotton jersey so didn't feel I needed (or wanted!) the button back fastening.  This has to be about the most funniest pattern I've ever worked with, mostly due to google translate.  My favourite being "electroplate" = press.  The instructions made no sense whatsoever once translated but fortunately the pattern was pretty simple and the diagrams helped.

My French is very very beginners-in-an-allo-allo styleee so I picked up a few new words -

Dos = back
Devant = front
Manche = sleeve (google translates this as"handle"- you can imagine the confusion).  I love the translations of the imperatives for instructing - "perform, realize and mount" if only all pattern instructions were like this...

As usual I added an additional 2" for ma looooong bod-ay but other than that no other alterations.  I love working with jersey so easy to whack under the overlocker.  I did mess up the neck (there's an additional set of instructions on Republique du Chiffon's website of how to administer the neck band.  I messed up on the cover stitching and had to unpick and picked a hole in the fabric - eek!

Fortunately it's not noticeable to the naked eye! Phew!