Pattern Review: Burda Magazine 1-2008-122 Poet Blouse

1 Jul

I love this Poet Blouse from the January 2008 Burda! It’s soft, comfortable and just says ‘artist’. I asked my roommate to take my photos this morning because I couldn’t find my tripod for the life of me. I felt so vain telling her that I was going to need about 20 snapshots before I would have a few useable ones. But, she indulged me and did a great job!

It’s hard to see the details of the blouse since my camera had a fit with my skin contrasting with the bright blouse in the glaring sun. I finished this blouse well over a month ago and just got around to photos today. This, is actually going to be a part of my China, East Coast to Far East capsule. Please click on photos to enlarge (slightly).

The fabric is Egyptian cotton from Alexandria, Egypt (a sister city of Baltimore I might add). Despite fabric shopping in Egypt a few years ago, this is actually a gift from an Egyptian friend. The fabric is fantastic. My one qualm is that it is a super tight and dense weave. Pinning it proved a challenge with my needles sometimes bending!

This blouse was all the rage on PatternReview.com when it first came out. I luckily traced it, but never got around to making it.

The only pattern change I made to leave the sleeve cuffs open. Only after sewing did I get the brilliant idea to measure the wrist opening. My forearms are larger than the pattern draft and I decided I just didn’t want to open it back up again.

I could have stood to make a FBA. But, sigh. I’m still learning to remember those. The fabric is a little stiff (and starched) so it can look pregnant without a lot of drape.


Perfect for summer and perfect for my trip!

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36 Responses to “Pattern Review: Burda Magazine 1-2008-122 Poet Blouse”

  1. Darci July 1, 2010 at 11:33 #

    Fantastic! It just screams “Summer!” also “cool” and “drool-worthy”. This is going to be a great addition to your capsule project!

  2. Elizabeth July 1, 2010 at 11:50 #

    LOVE. IT. That is all. ;)

    Super cute blouse. And fyi… I not only got the email that you had posted right away, but it showed up in google reader right away. So I think you solved your posting problem.

  3. DD July 1, 2010 at 11:51 #

    That top is very nice!!! It looks like it will also be perfect for your trip.

  4. rmcandlelight July 1, 2010 at 12:08 #

    Very cute, looks cool and comfy for this weather! You look lovely my dear :D

  5. Fran G July 1, 2010 at 12:17 #

    I have always loved this blouse; looks so fashionable and chic on everyone who has made it. Some had issues with the placket instructions as I recall but nothing major. I really like the sleeves . Nice work!

  6. Jali July 1, 2010 at 12:20 #

    Looks really nice and with that fabric its going to be a piece you are going to love and keep for a long time. I’m sure of it.

    On a side note, I think Burda magazine should hire your room-mate as photographer and you as the model. You look absolutely lovely in these photos:).

  7. Cindy July 1, 2010 at 12:46 #

    It is a perfect blouse for your trip. It looks fresh for summer time. By the way, the tailoring looks great.

  8. Nancy Karpen July 1, 2010 at 13:07 #

    It’s such a pretty blouse and perfect for hot weather. You could use a loop and button on the cuff if you really want to close it.
    I make a lot of alterations to patterns, particularly non knits and often find I’ve left one out so I have a list of everything I need to do.

  9. Erica B. July 1, 2010 at 13:13 #

    Nice top! Very cool and breezy looking.

  10. Rebecca July 1, 2010 at 13:28 #

    You’ve been talking about this blouse for so long. I’m happy to finally see it. You did a great job! I think it looks much better on you than the Burda pic.

  11. Rosie July 1, 2010 at 13:46 #

    A perfect blouse for summer!! Looking great!

  12. Carolyn July 1, 2010 at 14:18 #

    I love the last picture of you…it so reflects your personality! The blouse is pretty and thanks for including detail shots of it. It will be a hardworking part of the China wardrobe!

  13. Sewmodest July 1, 2010 at 14:43 #

    Cute top! Nice job, now I need to make myself one.

  14. Edris July 1, 2010 at 14:46 #

    Looks cute and comfy! As someone noted above I also like the last photo of you – looks like you were having fun! I also really like your hair color.

  15. Lori July 1, 2010 at 15:11 #

    very cute blouse, I have one just like it and it is a favorite.

  16. Marjie July 1, 2010 at 16:15 #

    It’s great; lucky you, having the perfect fabric for it.

  17. Lisette July 1, 2010 at 18:07 #

    It is perfect, I’m going to have to make it. It looks comfy and chic at the same time.

  18. Carol July 1, 2010 at 18:32 #

    Perfect for hot humid weather. You look fantastic.

  19. Nancy W July 1, 2010 at 21:14 #

    This turned out great! I used a crisp cotton when I made mine too and it is still one of my favorite blouses. In fact, I’ve been thinking about making it again in some darker blue cotton that I have. You will love this to death.

  20. Dei July 1, 2010 at 22:37 #

    Looks perfect…and comfortable. Good you held on to your tracings.

  21. ClaireOKC July 2, 2010 at 07:46 #

    Girl, you have been sewing up a storm….love this top and need something for the 4th – outside!!!

  22. Gigi July 2, 2010 at 08:01 #

    Absolutely gorgeous! I’ll have to pull that issue out because I need more loose-fitting tops in this sweltering heat.

  23. sara July 2, 2010 at 08:57 #

    OMG OMG I have to see if i have that burda and make one.

  24. Adriana July 2, 2010 at 10:57 #

    I really like it. I can see this pattern easily modified for a dress and cinched in the waist.

  25. Cennetta July 2, 2010 at 11:15 #

    Cute blouse. Love the pleated back.

  26. Lindsay T July 2, 2010 at 12:25 #

    I love this on you! Nice work. I love this pattern on everyone who’s made it.

  27. kathleen July 2, 2010 at 17:24 #

    beautiful blouse!

  28. Shelley July 3, 2010 at 00:41 #

    Beautiful! You did an amazing job.

  29. selfishseamstress July 3, 2010 at 01:40 #

    Great job with the blouse! I’m jealous- I’ve been hunting for that issue of Burda myself :)

  30. Jean July 3, 2010 at 09:18 #

    Adorable! It will be perfect for your Far East trip.

  31. Jacqui July 4, 2010 at 13:46 #

    Lovely top. Perfect fabric for warm climates.

  32. Gail July 5, 2010 at 21:26 #

    I’ve also had a big circle around this blouse. Love your version and will probably make up my own for spring down-under.

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