Burda Silk Blouse 04/2011 #105

In my summer planning post, I mentioned I had some stretch woven shirt fabric that I intended to make up into Burda Three Quarter Sleeve Blouse 06/2013 #119. Well, that post must have been great motivation, because I went on a Burda shirt muslin frenzy! As well as the three quarter sleeve blouse, I muslined a stack of other shirt patterns – one of which was this Burda Silk Blouse 04/2011 #105.

A woman stands against a garden fence. She wears a white button up shirt and black coated jeans.

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Another Archer

When I wrote about my cotton/linen Grainline Archer Shirt, I mentioned it would look elegant in a fabric with more drape. So, here is my second iteration of the pattern, sewn in a lightweight cotton with a fantastic watermelon print.

A woman stands in a garden archway. She wears a watermelon print button up shirt, jeans and ankle boots.

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Vado Semi-Fitted Women’s Blouse muslin

I feel it’s important to document my sewing failures as well as successes, so here is my latest flop: the Vado Custom-Fit Sewing Pattern – Semi-Fitted Women’s Blouse. An offering from Bootstrap Patterns, the Vado blouse is drafted to fit from your own measurements. You’d think that would be a sure bet for a great fit, but that was unfortunately not the case.

Pattern image and line drawing of a button up shirt.
Does anyone else find the left picture terrifying?

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What I talk about when I talk about shirtmaking

This week I shared my linen Archer shirt with you. I’m always curious about how others sew things – not the finished results, but the techniques they use to get there. So this is a catalogue of the techniques I use when shirt-making, as featured in my Archer shirt and others. If you hate detail, turn away now!

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Late to the party: Grainline Archer Shirt

Being typically late to catch up on trends, it’s no surprise that I sewed a Grainline Archer Shirt several years after the rest of the sewing world fell in love with it. I actually did purchase this pattern and make a muslin a year or two back, but was so stumped by fit issues that I let it sit in my wardrobe. With the confidence and experience I’ve gained since then, I was ready to revisit my muslin and make a finished garment.

A woman wears a cream hand-knitted beret, geometric print button up shirt, skinny blue jeans and brown ankle boots.
Wearing my old faithful Brambles Beret, knitted in now discontinued Ton of Wool Cormo 10ply, undyed.

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A Dalek Outfit, and 10 Things I Hate About Spoonflower

Apologies to those who read the title and thought this would be a “listicle” post- I’m not Buzzfeed, nor The Warrnambool Standard*, and I think we can all agree writing lists requires a certain brevity which I do not possess.

This Spoonflower review is a long time coming – almost so long as to make it redundant! (Sorry, guys.) But I figured if I was going to share the garments I made from my Spoonflower purchase, I may as well share some thoughts on the quality of their fabric.

A tweet from Tim Brunero. Tweet reads, Mrs Dr Karl makes all his shirts. Today was the first outing for this number, a dalek/classic Obama poster hybrid. Picture is of two men. Dr Karl on the left wears a shirt with a Dalek print on it. Man on right wears plain tee.

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A casual summer outfit: Burda short sleeve shirt and altered RTW pants

I’m really behind on blogging some garments – this shirt was made way back at the beginning of December. At the time, the weather was warming up and I decided I needed some new short sleeve shirts. So, armed with yet another fabric order from The Remnant Warehouse, I got to work.

A woman wearing a short sleeve white shirt and loose, floral print pants.
Apologies for the terrible indoor photos – I couldn’t get this shirt to photograph well outside. Custom necklace from Demeter Studio, marble bangle Country Road from a BSS page, Diana Ferrari gold leather flats from op shop.

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