Pattern: BWOF 7/2009 128 & Loes Hinse Hepburn Pants (view B)
Unfortunately, Burda does not have the line drawing for this blouse on the website.
Size: Blouse - size 36; pants - size S
Fabric: Blouse - floral polyester chiffon; pants - straw linen
Comments: I knew going in that the silhouette of this blouse was not going to be one of my best. I typically stick to tops that have some waist shaping as find them to be more flattering on my figure. However, this blouse spoke to me and I figured I'd give it a go.
Let me start by saying that working with ravelly poly chiffon is always an adventure. There were a few moments that I questioned my sanity in working with a PITA fabric for a blouse I wasn't even sure would look good on me.
Due to the rapid fraying of this fabric, every seam is a french seam. I didn't want to go to all the trouble of making this blouse and then have it fall apart in the wash.
The only other issue with this blouse is the insertion of the elastic in the sleeve cuffs and the hip band. I'm fairly certain I was fishing elastic through those small channels for over an hour. Yikes! When I first decided to make this pattern, I thought the shirring was created using elastic thread - a quick and easy method. It was only when I got into making the blouse I noticed that thin elastic is run through small channels. Maybe I should actually read the instructions prior to making things from now on. Regardless, everything ended well and I ended up with a blouse that may not be the most flattering thing I own, but it is quite cute. I even received some compliments while wearing it, despite my misgivings.
In the photo, I am wearing the blouse over a RTW sweater shell. It was too cold that day to wear just a simple tank top underneath.
The pants are my TNT Hepburns that I have made about a bajillion times before, so not much new to say about them. Although, I am very pleased with how they look in a medium weight linen. I was concerned that a heavier weight fabric, with less drape than the fabrics I've used in the past would not suit this pattern. However, I like the look.
Conclusion: I will not be making this blouse again, as I don't think it's flattering enough to have multiple versions. However, I saw many blouses in this same silhouette in the stores the last time I went snoop shopping, so at least I'm in on the trend.