Burda Blouse

Happy Monday Everyone! I hope that everyone survived the lack of sleep after the clocks changed for Daylight Savings. The good thing is that it signals Spring! Today’s post is about making Burda blouse 6840.


the smile hides how cold I am

After a rather large fabric shopping event, which included a LOT of blouse weight material, I thought I would try my hand at a pattern that I have had in my stash for awhile.


I used a chiffon print that I purchased on sale at Fabricville. It was obviously more difficult to work with than a more stable fabric, but with a little bit of patience and a lot of Wonder Tape the results were good. The thing to keep in mind with any synthetic fabric is that pressing is very difficult. It just doesn’t want to stay in the shape you desire. So pinning it to the ironing board and trying not to rush things is the best practice.


The pattern was easy to follow, although there were many steps initially to prepare the placket for the hidden buttons, but this was well worth the effort. I love the finished look of a hidden button. I also love the tie neck. I always tie it in a bow but I guess a knot would also work fine, you just might need to shorten the neck tie.


The only modification that I made to the pattern was to shorten the overall length because I wanted it to lie outside my pants. Obviously if you plan on tucking it in, then the original blouse length would be the best. Overall I am pleased with the outcome.

For my next project, I think I will try a pencil skirt. Stay tuned for next Monday for that post. In the meantime, I thought I would give you a sneak peak of what else I have been working on.


Using Suzy Furrer’s book, “The Architecture of Women’s Clothing”, I have begun building a pattern for a 50’s inspired prom dress for my daughter, Bethany. I will keep you updated along this journey and, no doubt, there will be a blog post when the project is complete, but for now I am still in the pattern making stages.


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