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

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 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!


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

  2. LOVE. IT. That is all. πŸ˜‰

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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:).

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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

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

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

  15. 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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