Thursday, November 4, 2010

Burda 9/2010 Tuxedo Blouse 109C review

It was 36.9C today if I'm looking hot and bothered!

Description:    Tuxedo blouse with bib insert and cuffed sleeves.
Pattern Sizing:   38-46. I made a 44.   It is quite roomy. 

Were the instructions easy to follow?  
The instructions were ok although a bit skimpy.   They don't mention the need to stay stitch around the curved front and back piece seams (i.e. before you add the bib) but I definitely had to, to get the bib in properly and have it sit flat.

The hem is curved - if anyone hasn't tried a narrow, curved hem there is a useful guide on the BurdaStyle site.

Fabric Used:    Sandwashed silk charmeuse from Potter Textiles Outlet shop in Perth.  Cost - $15 for fabric (plus proportion of cost of Burda Mag) - music to my ears! 

Pattern alterations:
I wouldn't normally have messed with this design - it is perfect in its simplicity.  However, as it's summer here and this is a rather warm top, I added tabs to the sleeves so I can roll them up.   Sleeves up -
Sleeves down -

The tabs are 2 tubes (finished length approx 30cm and width 3cm) with a buttonhole at one end. I put the unbuttonholed end in the inside of the sleeve and sewed a button through the sleeve and it.  
Apart from that I just made a narrow shoulder adjustment and shortened the sleeves, which I always have to do.   Oh and raised the neck split a tad, but maybe I could have left it as it was. 

Conclusion:   This is a really elegant, classic blouse pattern.   


  1. Really nice, I think I'll add this to my list too, it looks great just over pants and I bet it would look hot tucked into a pencil skirt too. Yay for Potters :)

  2. Cute top! This is on my list from this issue, too. I'm so glad I came across your blog. :)

  3. Beautiful, I love it! I was intrigued when I first saw this pattern; your version turned out fantastic!