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Out of my usual color scheme

The absence of spring/summer weather in the past weeks must have had its effect on me. When I was in a shop for a few notions only, I came out with this fabric. Not my usual color scheme, not my usual print. I seldom use flower prints. And yet, it’s a very nice quality, thin cotton which was easy to sew and I made it up in only a few hours. Sometimes it’s nice to make something totally different.

Magazine picture and line drawing. The patterns is no. 114 from the April 2010 issue.
I omitted the pocket and back detail. Of course the picture isn’t showing all details clearly. When reading the instructions for the cuff width, I was surprised that they had a finished with of 8 cm. Too wide for what I wanted, so I made the cuff only 4 cm wide and lengthened the sleeve with 4 cm. On the top I used a size 40, tapering down to size 42 at bust level for the front only. No real fba, but worked like a charm. This pattern definitely is my new tnt for a basic blouse.

A few detail shots of collar and sleeve slit. I cut the collar in one piece, as described in this post.
The sleeve slit was made as described in this post.

The pattern has a double yoke, I didn’t follow Burda’s instructions how to construct this, a neat way to do this is described in this post by Summerset, and I used the instructions as found in the book Easy guide to sewing blouses by Conny Long.


  1. I love the print! The blouse is so pretty on you.

  2. Gorgeous shirt! I love the summery floral print.

  3. Love the print, the colors and the pairing with white jeans...really nice!

  4. The fabric makes the blouse very current and with your white jeans a great look on you.

  5. This looks lovely Sigrid - bright and say's the sunshine is just around the corner.

  6. Lovely fabric. It is very flattering look on you.

  7. Beautiful Sigrid, lovely fabric and it.

  8. So pretty and beautiful craftsmanship, as always.

  9. Very pretty and a breath of spring!

  10. This spring print looks great on you!

  11. You look great in these colors! The blouse is beautifully done, as usual.

  12. It is a very pretty print, and the classic shirt pattern suits it very well. What a nice outfit with the pale trousers.

  13. Lovely! It is nice to have something different.

  14. Your floral selections are just a beautiful garden.

  15. That's a very pretty shirt. It looks fab with your white jeans.


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