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I ordered the Burdastyle Sewing handbook about three months ago, putting the blouse project in my to do pile. Do you ever buy a sewing or craft book, not use it, and then look at it on your shelf and feel guilty if you haven’t made something from it ? I have a large pile of these sewing books and I’m trying to work my way through them. I figure I have to make at least two or three projects from each one to make them worth the money I spent on them.
Good luck to me!
So what do I think of the Burdastyle handbook?
It’s OK and I would like to try making the handbag and coat projects. The photography is great and the variations sewn by fellow bloggers on the basic patterns included are very inspiring indeed.
But I was very annoyed that the pattern pieces didn’t include notches so I ended up sewing the yokes on upside down twice! Also, what’s the deal with not including seam allowances, Burdastyle? I understand not including them in the magazine because there are like, 30 patterns on one large sheet and they need every inch of paper but this is an expensive sewing book that only has two patterns per fold out sheet. I hate adding seam allowances! And I hate tracing patterns.
This blouse was almost bordering on frumpy, especially with the really high neckline which doesn’t flatter someone busty like me. The blouse was too short waisted and I probably should have lengthened the bodice a little to lower the waist but never made a muslin. I am am pretty happy with it anyway.
I do love this vintage fabric I bought at The Rose Bowl Flea market .The blouse was supposed to have cuffs but I was down to my last inch of fabric and could not squeeze them out!
This will be the first of a few spring tops this month since i am participating in Made by Rae’s Spring Top Sew-A-along which starts today.
If you haven’t stopped by the Emmaline Bags PDF pattern giveaway and signed up for it , it’s still open so stop by please!
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