10.10.2012

front pleat top

::sigh::... Back on the sewing machine...

I scored some GOOD fabric in the Pacific Northwest.  What is not to love about that place?


Pattern:  Burdastyle Front Pleat Blouse #103 A weird burdastyle pattern as usual, and I cursed the neck for awhile and then I got it.  (Warning, no pictures on the pattern instructions).  I did the pockets differently, as I learned to on the Chloe dress, attaching each of the four separate pocket pieces to the four edges of the seams prior to sewing the side seams, then sewing one continuous side seam and around the pockets, french seam style.  When all was said and done, I stitched another 2 1/2" up the side to shorten the armholes.

Fabric:   Awesome cotton fabric for, like, $2.50 from this AWESOME shop in Seattle (ohmygod they have a sewing studio sewing classes fabric store I died when I went in there please I wish there was one in Baltimore).


I like this shirt a lot!  It is a little baggy and you can look really funny at the right angle - it would be a good second trimester top (Kim - I think you're too far along for this one, but you can borrow it when you're ready for Round 2!!!)


And, uh, I actually did not have enough fabric to do it the right way, but I cut the back pieces separately and added a center seam allowance.  The opposing directions of the fabric are, in fact, not a creative design element, but no one has to know, right?!


Not enough fabric for the pockets either, so I used some leftover linen from this quilt.


 I swear to you I ironed it this time.


20 comments:

  1. Nice! I always use contrast (often scrap) fabric for pockets. It's a nice *secret* detail. I like the fit of this. And the fabric makes it look way more wearable than what they had in the mag..

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  2. Tamsin11.10.12

    I love this top! I was looking at the burda mag this was in the other day and didn't feel very inspired. As usual it takes someone else's version to make me see the potential! The fabric is v cool too!

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  3. I never gave this top a second thought when I first saw it but it's really great on you! The fabric is perfect; I may have to add this to my "make me already" list.

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  4. smunch11.10.12

    I didn't realize that people would like this top better than Burda's! That's so cool! I can't wait to see it if you make one.

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  5. smunch11.10.12

    Thank you so much!

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  6. smunch11.10.12

    Yeah, you know I agree, I think I prefer the fabric I used for the pockets. I shouldn't even tell people I ran out! Thank you!

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  7. Twinnie11.10.12

    Ooooh I loove shirts with pockets! Another fabulous shirt twinnie. :)

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  8. smunch11.10.12

    Thanks twinnie!

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  9. Kristina13.10.12

    I have to say I'd never have looked twice at that pattern but I really like what you did with it! Lovely fabric too :) That's what I love about sewing, it involves so much imagination and looking at patterns and fabric in different ways :)

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  10. this is so super cool! i'm honored you thought of me and i'm hoping YOU need a second trimester top sooner than i will, friend!

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  11. smunch13.10.12

    thanks! well, i'm not so sure about that!

    it was great to see you today and it got me so excited for baby corn to come!

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  12. smunch13.10.12

    Do you know how many people have said that? I had no idea. I'm not sure if that makes me have bad taste + good luck, or if I just have, uh, a good creativity imagination. I'll take the latter ;) You are right about that part of sewing, and that part has taken just as much practice for me as the rest.

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  13. Also, time for a disqus profile pic. XD doitdoit!

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  14. smunch14.10.12

    Oh, I guess you're right. I love that you're my blogging coach. I need some serious help! :)

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  15. I loove this! Looks so carefree and comfy! you are my sewing inspiration! xoxo Jenn

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  16. smunch23.10.12

    Wow, thanks! It's nice to hear from you!

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  17. I love your fabric, this is such a gorgeous blouse. I've bought some chiffon to give this a try with, but now that I have the pattern laid out I'm so confused about what size I would be. I wonder what size you made yours? I am usually about a UK 10 sometimes a 12 (my bust is at times a squeeze in the 10) depending on the cut. Could you make any recommendations? Your advice would be much appreciated!
    Lee

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  18. smunch10.11.12

    I made the smallest size since the top is a bit oversized - my upper body is rather small (a US 4 usually). It is loose in the top, but it is a little tight around the hips because of the way it tapers to balance out the pleat. Since it's pretty loose in the bust you might be ok with the smaller size, just watch out for the hips! If you want more drape and a loose fit, maybe the larger size? Sorry if that's confusing - I hope it helps. I did not want it to be as loose and baggy it is on the model, so that's why I went with the smallest size.

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  19. That's a great help, thank you!

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  20. Eva Mitchell Knox22.7.14

    I have a version of this all cut out, and I have to say I'm cursing the neck too! The directions are so pithy with burda. I messed with it for an hour tonight and put it up without starting the sewing .

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