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Burda 5/2010 #128
We bought the fabric for this blouse at Paron's Annex in NYC last winter, and decided to keep it for this fall's wardrobe. I think the color is most definitely scrubs green, but I'd never tell her that. She could have chosen ivory or pink, but she wanted the green. I hope she still likes it! I had her chose a blouse from one of this year's Burda magazines. It could be whatever she wanted, but it had to be from this year's Burdas. She chose #128 from 5/2010:
She wanted only one fitting change: to make it a little longer in the waist. That was easy. So far this is what I've done:
I constructed the blouse differently that the instructions. I sewed the shoulder seams, then set in the sleeves, then sewed the side seams and underarm seams as one long seam. I've done this frequently with men's shirts and my own shirts, and since the pattern was well drafted, it wasn't a problem. I then added the peplum.
It still needs hems, a collar, and a facing/placket, and I think I'm going to depart from the instructions for the collar/facing part, too. I should be able to finish this one up in time to show it you tomorrow, but I'm not 100% sure she's going to like it. I may only finish it part way and then see what she thinks. No point wasting time finishing something she'll hate and never wear. Ask me how I know!
The good news is that I already have buttons if she wants me to finish it:
I then need to get going on her birthday dress - which she hasn't decided on yet (let's hope she like what she picks and tells me she loves once she sees it made up!). She'll be home tonight from being away all week, so I'll ask her tonight or tomorrow!
Q/A: A few days ago, Carolyn asked, "You are making your daughter such pretty pieces, does her school have a dress code? Because my dd's lived in jeans and...so it is really interesting to see you make such a different wardrobe for your daughter. " Yes, her school (private, Christian) does have a dress code. She has to wear skirts/tops or dresses that meet a certain length and neckline standard. This has not changed since she was in kindergarten. There are certain days where the students may wear jeans/pants and other casual clothes; usually this is for outdoors activities or activities where skirts/dresses are just not appropriate. Believe me, it would be much easier to buy 5 pairs of jeans, some cute tops, a hoodie, tennis shoes and be done with school shopping!
Parting Shot: Sparkly. While in Salt Lake City, I could not resist a few trips to Decades, a vintage clothing/accessory shop. I will have to say that I have visited quite a few vintage clothing shops in my travels and this is one of the largest and most complete for both men and women. There was so much neat stuff, but I had very little space in my suitcase to bring anything large home. I settled for some nice sparkly jewelry which I think will work well with my sweaters and other clothes for the fall.