Tuesday, August 2, 2011

June Burda Magazine tunic blouse

At long last, I finally got around to having Tim to snap some pictures of the June Burda top that I made.


This is the kind of garment that I just luuurve.  My office is pretty casual, I work at a computer most of the day, so I wear it just like this both to work and on my days off.


Fabric
I used a cotton chambray that I bought from the Britex remnant table during their 2009 Black Friday sale when I was with my sewing BFFs Cindy and Leslie.  It's heavenly, like something you'd expect too see in a nice men's shirt.

Notes on construction/alterations
It's your standard woven shirt construction, nothing that'll surprise you.



The front bodice has both a pleat and gathers where it meets the front yoke.  The design is very similar to  the Anthropologie Puckered Pocket Blouse, which has a pleat at the front yoke and also has pleated sleeves (and, interestingly, no pocket mentioned in the online description).


You are supposed to cut 2 back pieces, stitch them together at the CB line and topstitch along that seam. This is a straight seam and I accidentally cut it on the fold.  I thought the back might look too plain, so I cut a 1" strip of my fashion fabric, tucked the raw edges under and topstitched it along what would have been the CB seam.  It's kinda straight.  Kinda.

Baby's in bed and mama's off to Trader Joe's


I guess I should also mention that the top 2 buttons are on the v-neck and not intended to be buttoned, I just included one of those.


Conclusion
Like I said, I love this shirt.  Before I made this, I was all set to make the dress version too (style 105).  Now I'm not so sure that'd I'd love it as a dress.  We'll see.

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I have several other new pieces to share with you. Swimwear(!) for me, and clothes for the kiddo. Stay tuned.

24 comments:

Lisa said...

What a great shirt , I can imagine you wearing this alot it looks so versatile.

Gail said...

Love it and I want one just like it. I'm a big fan of the Funkis clogs too.

senaSews said...

Beautiful shirt! It looks so comfy and casual. Something you will wear a lot!

Sew-4-Fun said...

I love your shirt! I never would have looked twice at this pattern.

Claire (aka Seemane) said...

Lurve this shirt on you!
I overlooked this pattern in the magazine bfore - I will go back home after work tonight & post-it-note it ASAP :)

Jane M said...

Fantastic tunic top with some ease but not overwhelming you. Beautiful!

Amy said...

I'm so glad you posted on this shirt! I love it too and bought it last week with hopes of using a plaid gauze. Of course in rethinking my decision, like 10 times since then, I was doubting my gut. Your shirt has helped push me again to trust my gut. Thanks

Little Hunting Creek said...

Great shirt!

Amanda S. said...

I love it and need one in my closet now!

Curry Made said...

I love it too! It looks fantastic on you!

molly said...

I've been wanting to make this shirt too, it looks great on you!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

What a cute and comfy top!

Amy said...

You look great! Love the shirt!

Dawn said...

Golly, I love this. This would be great with skinny jeans and boots too. That's how I would wear it here. We are headed into chilly weather.

Надежда said...

Your shirt though also simple enough, but interesting. Following your example I look for a fabric on it.

cidell said...

How are you so incredibly cute?! I love this look. I wouldn't think of it for myself but it's just right for your style. Skinny jeans and clogs too!

Katie said...

Love the shirt and LOVE the clogs- I've been dying to make a shirt dress out of chambray, but I'm skeered of the buttons.

AllisonC said...

This whole outfit is great! There are just enough details on the shirt to make it stand out, I'm always much more inspired by real versions of Burda's patterns than I am by their magazines.

Andrea said...

Love this look very much, and the top looks great. I'm a big fan of the clogs as well.

Leslie said...

This shirt looks so good on you! You are looking rather skinny too, motherhood must be agreeing with you. :-) It's been so long I don't even remember you buying that fabric, maybe you should come down for another trip.

loopylulu said...

This is super cute on you and the pattern actually seems pretty versatile. You make me wish I still ordered Burda.

Gabrielle said...

This looks so useful a shirt... I had hardly noticed the pattern in Burda before your post, but it looks like a good one!

nikkishell said...

Oh this is a great shirt! That issue is the next to come out over here in Australia so i'm waiting very patiently ;)

Vireya said...

I just bought this issue in Australia today, and found your shirt while checking out the reviews. Like many others have said, I would have overlooked this pattern, but yours looks so great! I can definitely see myself making this one.