Welcome to the Minerva Crafts blogger network! This month I am back with a project for my mum. I thought it would be fun to get her to pick a project for me to make for her. It took us about three days to decide what to go for. In the end, on my suggestion she picked a Peachskin Fabric that I tested before (here is the link if you want to see what else I made with this fabric) and a Burda Sewing Pattern for a blouse.

We decided to go for view B because we felt it is more versatile and easier to wear than view A. As the fabric is quite light and has the feel of silk, I thought that for the neckline, cuffs and facing pieces it is better to use some black cotton (already in my scrap/leftover stash) to give them a bit of structure and make it easier to work with.

For the front and neckline I tried to use the instructions that come with the pattern, but they did not make sense to me because some of it did not match as the diagrams in the instructions or the pieces were not drafted property and they are shorter. It might as well be that the problem was with me and not with the instructions.

The corner of the centre from is supposed to come out of the neck band as a continuous line. Therefore, after adding the neckband I free styled it to get a good finish. The centre band is showing on the inside, when it’s supposed the end to be hidden under the neck facing.

The good news about this is that you cannot tell, by looking at the outside of the garment, that I had trouble with this part of the construction.

The neckline was the only part of construction that gave me issues. The rest of it went along without a hitch. It helped that I worked with this fabric before so I was ready for the issues that it might have posed.

My mum did not fancy being a model so I’ve modelled the blouse for this post. Although, I have done a size smaller for my mum than I would for myself and did not shorten the sleeves to match her hight (155 cm or 5ft1) I feel that the top fits me, and quite well.

You cannot really tell that the neckline is a bit wonky while the top is being worn. Which pleases me greatly.

Because I like this top on myself so much, I’ll add another version for myself to my TO DO list. Not quite sure when it will be made again, but it will. I want one too.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Burda Style 6633 – view B

Fabric: 1.65 m of black multi John Kaldor Leaf Print Peachskin Dress, black cotton scrap fabric for cuffs and neckline cuffs

Notions: none needed

Sewing time: in total approx 3-4h (including tracing the pattern)

Modifications: made a straight size 36 (UK 10)

Fit: good

Difficulty: advanced beginner

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?: Yes.

Watch out for: I found that the instructions and pieces for the front opening did not really make sense. Which means at some point I free styled the construction.

Make Again?: Yes. I like my mum’s top so much that I will for sure make one for myself.

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