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.
Fantastic! It just screams “Summer!” also “cool” and “drool-worthy”. This is going to be a great addition to your capsule project!
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.
That top is very nice!!! It looks like it will also be perfect for your trip.
Very cute, looks cool and comfy for this weather! You look lovely my dear 😀
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!
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:).
It is a perfect blouse for your trip. It looks fresh for summer time. By the way, the tailoring looks great.
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.
Nice top! Very cool and breezy looking.
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.
A perfect blouse for summer!! Looking great!
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!
Cute top! Nice job, now I need to make myself one.
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.
very cute blouse, I have one just like it and it is a favorite.
It’s great; lucky you, having the perfect fabric for it.
It is perfect, I’m going to have to make it. It looks comfy and chic at the same time.
Perfect for hot humid weather. You look fantastic.
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.
Looks perfect…and comfortable. Good you held on to your tracings.
Girl, you have been sewing up a storm….love this top and need something for the 4th – outside!!!
Absolutely gorgeous! I’ll have to pull that issue out because I need more loose-fitting tops in this sweltering heat.
OMG OMG I have to see if i have that burda and make one.
I really like it. I can see this pattern easily modified for a dress and cinched in the waist.
Cute blouse. Love the pleated back.
I love this on you! Nice work. I love this pattern on everyone who’s made it.
Beautiful! You did an amazing job.
Great job with the blouse! I’m jealous- I’ve been hunting for that issue of Burda myself 🙂
Adorable! It will be perfect for your Far East trip.
Lovely top. Perfect fabric for warm climates.
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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