Monday, May 19, 2014

New Version of Burdastyle Pleated Blouse

 
Hello everyone!
I made a new blouse yesterday! This is my third pleated blouse based on Burdastyle pattern 04/2013 size 36 with variation, I inserted the elastic in the hemline.
I make the experiment on my second blouse that I didn't blog about it and I love how it turned-out. I wore it last Friday to match with my 3/4 pants to participate MMM'14 day 16.

The picture below is old version of my second blouse, taken in the local market last year when I participated MMM'13 day 18. The blouse is exactly like the original pattern :)

The picture below is a new version of my second blouse with elastic inserted in the hemline. This picture taken in Old Taipa Village - Macau last Friday for MMM'14 day 16.
 
And here is the picture of my two blouses, I used printed viscose in yellow with small flowers for the old blouse and silk polyester in fuchsia for the new blouse.



More details of the new blouse, I used 1.5 yards of silk polyester fabric in fuchsia color - it's a leftover lining fabric from my Mad Men Dress. In the beginning I am not sure if the fabric is perfect for hot summer day but I am so in love with the color and can not resist to make a blouse with it :)
And today I am testing the blouse, I am wearing it the whole day and I like it. I didn't sweat so much even it was a very hot day.

The sewing process:
  • It is very easy and fast. After I cut all the fabric pieces and fuse the fusible interfacing on the wrong side of the facing, I pleated and pin the front piece exactly on the mark of pattern instruction then stitch it, so the pleated will stay in place.
  • Then I sew the front and back piece right sides together at the shoulder. I sew the front and back facing right sides together. Iron it and sew the raw edge using my overlocker machine.  After that, I sew the facing on to the neckline right side together. Clips the edges, turn it inside the blouse and topstitching the way around the neckline
  • After the neckline done, I sew the front and back blouse at the sides. But don't forget to stop the stitching in the mark of the armhole ( I hope you understand what I mean ). Then stitch around the armhole.
  • The last work is insert the elastic in the blouse bottom. I sew the hem allowance 1.5 cm and leave 3 cm open to insert the elastic. I used 1 cm wide elastic x 78 cm long ( my waist measurement). Then I inserted the elastic inside the hemline, tight them in the end and sew the opening area. Done! I hope you understand what I mean :) Here are the two pictures of how I inserted the elastic and the result,


And more pictures of the new blouse,


The last picture was taken this morning in front of my son school. I am wearing me-made outfit for MMM'14 day 19 - my new blouse and an old self-drafted shorts :)
Happy sewing and wishing you all a great week!! :-)


17 comments:

  1. Lovely tops, I like the elastic hem, will have to borrow your idea one of these days :)

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    1. Hi Erin, thank you for commenting and yes, you are welcome to borrow the idea :)

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  2. Those are really nice tops; you look beautiful.

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    1. Thank you very much for lovely comments :-))

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  3. Hana, I love both your tops.. SO pretty,, and they look so pretty on you Happy sewing.

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    1. Hi Judy, I love to hear that! Thank you so much for sweet comment ;)

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  4. This is a lovely top - no wonder you have made it a few times. Both with and without elastic, it is lovely. Maybe more in the future - it's nice to be able to quickly make something that you know works.

    Soon we will both be starting our Burda pants - that will be fun :)

    Macau looks a very pretty place, lovely buildings and greenery.

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    1. Hello SarahLiz, thank you for sweet compliment for the blouses :)

      I have done the Burdastyle pants muslin last week and planning to cut the real fabric this morning but I was busy the whole day. So, for sure tomorrow morning I will cut my pants fabric :)

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  5. The elastic is a great idea! You live in such a gorgeous place -- I love seeing the pictures of you in your handmade out and about!

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    1. Thank you Annie for nice comment ;) And yes, Macau is a pretty place :)

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  6. Very cute tops you look lovely in both. I love the elastic at the waist

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    1. Thank you, Tracy. I love it too very much :)

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  7. Lovely Hana! I really like the red on you, it goes well with your complexion!

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  8. Thanks for this post. I was making this pattern and couldn't figure out the neckline instructions. So I saw your link on the BurdaStyle site and clicked over here. I think I will use your method for the neckline! It makes more sense to me than the pattern instructions.

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