Monday, 3 July 2017

Stay Calm and Sew Ruffles - Burdastyle 08/2012 Blouse 130

Actually that is not really correct - about the ruffles I mean. The description in Burda is as follows - The casual jersey blouse narrows over the hips and has soft appeal. An angled ruffle , lovely bateau neckline and raglan sleeves are all flattering details. Quite a contentious statement in more ways than one  :)  So I know I have really sewn a flouncy top but I liked my post heading :)

Burda lists this pattern as easy to sew and initially I was skeptical about that but it really was. It is  essentially a raglan sleeve top with two extra flounces. 

Above shows the front piece which consists of a lower and upper front .The lower large flounce is laid on top of the lower front piece and basted together and then sewn to the upper front. 

The flounce is then folded so the wrong side shows and the edge basted to the side seam. 

The smaller upper flounce is laid over the lower flounce and basted to the neckline and armscye . The rest of the construction is just like a normal raglan sleeved top so pretty easy. The back is totally plain.  The raglan sleeves consist of two pieces . The neckline is finished with a facing and the flounce edges and hems are left unfinished. The instructions also have the sleeve hems left raw but I couldn`t help but hem at least those ones. 

I had trouble finding reviews for this top. Sharonsews made one and found it to be oversized . This made me a little bit nervous but as I was using a non-sentimental piece of cheap jersey from the op shop I just went for it. I do like to sew using different fabrics and to experiment with different styles . I cut out my usual size 40 but did not add seam allowances to the sides. I found the top to be comfortable but not oversized. However I was surprised by how long the top was. Burda drafts for heights of 168cm and I am just slightly taller than that. My top seems longer than what the modelled shot shows. 
Overall this is a very nicely drafted top with clever details that came together really well. 


  1. This is lovely. I was curious about this top when the magazine came out but didn't get around to making it. Now I'm thinking I should. Yours is a gorgeous colour too.

  2. Cute top! Love the flounces! And this color is very pretty on you. :)

  3. Love it. I like your version better than the magazine version.

  4. It's a very sophisticated top. I agree, sometimes with cheap fabrics, it is just a good idea to make a pattern up as is - so much waste doing a toile first - and I am not sure I agree with that as far as the environment is concerned.

  5. I really like this top - I love the flounces. It does look tunic length and you are not short (I'm only 163 cm) I loved the look and also thought it looked difficult but you've inspired me I think I'll check it out from the library! (put it on the list!)


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