Sunday, June 10, 2012
Burdastyle 09-2011-128 Blouse
In other words, it's 90 degrees out there, and what's better than white linen? Full review here.
Pattern Description: From the magazine: Clean chic at its best! This simple sleeveless blouse makes a good impression, thanks to fine details like forward shoulder seams and two pleats at the fronts.
Pattern Sizing: Burda sizes 36-44; I made a size 40, which is my usual deal in Burda with woven fabrics.
I really like how the pleats tuck up into the collar. It snugs up nicely at the neck.
Fabric Used: White 100% linen, pre-washed and dried on hot, so it's a little thicker than it started out, but also a lot less prone to wrinkle like tissues. I tend to abuse my linen this way to make it wear better. Glass buttons from stash.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: There wasn't a lot to change with this pattern; I cut about 2.5" off the hem (I'm 5' 3" and it was a little too tunic-length). I calculated the new length by whether or not I could sit on the tails; since I spend most of my day stuck in a cubicle, stuck in a chair, I didn't want to stand up and have an accordion behind me. I also tapered the side seams so that the blouse wasn't so boxy.
Conclusion: My mojo took some unscheduled vacation this month and this is my first attempt at forcing it to come back. More or less successful, though of all the projects I had in mind, this wouldn't have been the one I would have chosen to work on.
In other news, Max is doing well, other than objecting to the sudden heat, but no more than the rest of us. There are deflated furry bodies sprawled all over the house, under furniture, under ceiling fans, wherever they think they can catch a breeze.
The garden, however, is loving it. The tomatoes are sprinting - they're already as tall as their cages, so obviously I need to find taller cages. The beans are growing up the trellis, the lettuces are scorching, and every time I think I've adequately hilled the potatoes, they grow another 2".
The chickens are grumpy; Bonnie's still laying but Gilda's on strike again. It's cold, she stops laying. It's raining, she stops laying. It's hot, guess what? Well, guess what, Gilda? I've got a crockpot and I'm not afraid to use it. Think about that while you're not in the nest box.
That's all the news from the sewing room, the farmyard and the garden. Work again tomorrow. Seems like I was just there. . .