I recently finished this light and airy JCrew silk cotton voile from Fabric Mart. I adore the way this fabric feels – it’s like wearing air. And this style is so feminine, I thoroughly enjoyed wearing it! Because of the silk, it has a little warmth and will be comfortable going into spring.
The pattern is from Burda Magazine 9-2013 #134. It is a plus sized garment. I could not find a pattern like this in regular sizes and since the design was boho and oversized, I thought it would require less adjusting than a fitted garment. I normally trace a Burda 38 and this was a 44. The hip and waist measurements are fairly close to mine, but the bust on the 44 was much bigger. There is a reason they say to select blouse size by bust measurement…
Alterations on this top:
- Decreased the bust darts
- Cut 1.25″ off the shoulder at the armhole
- Cut the back on fold to decrease some of the fullness
- Lowered front armholes by about 1.25″
- Added 1″ to the top of the sleeve cap
- Shortened the total blouse length by 2″
I don’t know how anyone with a 39.5″ chest (as a size 44 states) would fit their arms into those TINY armhole openings! Because of these changes, there wasn’t as much to ease in the sleeve cap, but that is fine with me because easing isn’t my favorite thing to do when sewing. I will still modify a few more things when I make it next time – like raise the neckline just a tad.
I used french seams throughout. I’m not a big fan of pink, but I like this blouse. As I began to put it together, I noticed the toile pattern was upside-down. Yep, I cut the entire pattern out upside down. Arghh! Well if I didn’t notice it while cutting, perhaps no one will notice while wearing…
Ever cut a design completely upside down? Did you wear it anyway?
Happy Creating everyone!