Burdastyle 06/2017 102
A bell sleeved blouse had been part of my summer plan since the northern hemisphere summer. I was drawn to the floaty sleeves and the classic shape of the bodice. My Stylebook App tells me that this type of blouse is a real workhorse in my wardrobe so I knew it would fit in well.
The pattern I chose is Burdastyle 06/2017 102. This is one of several patterns in this particular issue of Burdastyle that I am keen to make up. I am loving Burdastyle patterns at the moment!
I drew my pattern up to size 38 but graded out to size 40 at the hips. This is something I normally do with Burdastyle. To make my life as easy as possible I use a Sharpie on plastic. This way it is nice and easy to see the correct lines. I always add my seam allowances to my pattern as I go.
The fabric I chose is a mystery crepe that I bought from Fabric Vision's sale table. The yoke I lined with some cream lining from my stash and I also used this for the neck facing.
Despite making my usual sz38, I found this top to be very wide in the shoulders. It took quite a bit of adjusting to get it fitting nicely and I think I may have slightly over fit it.
To hem the sleeves, I folded them under 1cm and stitched them down using large basting stitches. I then folded them again and stitched my hem. Once I had them sitting nicely I removed the basting stitches.
To finish the blouse I overlocked the hem and folded it up by 2.5cm before stitching it. If I were to make it again, I would probably turn the hem up twice.
My only real regret is I didn't take the time to french seam the bell part of the sleeve. I know the overlocked seam is not really noticeable to anyone else but I know it is there. Despite this, I really love the resulting blouse. I love the way the blouse floats in the spring breeze. What I don't like is the way the sleeves catch on door handles and the like so I really have to be careful when wearing it.