Remember my discouraging post about overthinking? How elusive and brain-numbing playing with a patterned fabric can be? Well, I got over the hurdle and jumped into this blouse from Burda’s January 2016 issue.
The gorgeous silk is from EOS, and when she first posted it I started drooling. She’d suggested the purple denim as a coordinating fabric, and, since I needed new jeans, thought I would happily splurge on the combo. I am so happy with the colours in these fabrics. So gorgeous!!
I cut the sleeves out first, because I wanted them to be symmetrical. They don’t get in the way even though they are incredibly full.
The next cutting challenge was the back. The design is printed in a slowly squiggling line, so centering the design took some effort. One of the yokes was cut slightly off centre, so I used it as the yoke lining.
The front of the blouse has a slit opening. I disregarded Burda’s suggestions and used a strip of fabric cut on the straight instead of the bias and finished it by hand. And for the life of me I couldn’t find a button I liked, so I made one using a strip of bias tubing and the instructions from Vogue 1107.
The neckline and the sleeves are bound in a narrow bias binding.
And the yoke has little interesting bias ties that serve no purpose whatsoever. I don’t even think you notice them much in this fabric, but they’re a unique decorative touch.
Did I mention I really love this fabric? I had a little less than 1m combined of various-sized pieces left over after cutting and matching, and I just couldn’t bear to see it sitting in my trash bin. So I pieced together a tank top using Burda 4/2015 #103.
In order to make some sense of the fabric design and to accommodate an FBA, there’s a seam down the centre front, one side front, and the left shoulder is pieced to the depth of about 8cm.
I wasn’t sure when I made it if I would ever wear it – I just wanted to use the gorgeous fabric for something! But, as summer is around the corner, who knows? I’m sure it will get worn.