BurdaStyle 2/2009 120

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It’s taken me a while to finish up this blouse, but I think this is the pattern I’ll be using for my LOL print.

This is a fairly simple pattern, nice and blousy.  I made up my usual size 40 with some silk chiffon from Gorgeous Fabrics. 

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For the placket, I used my TNT method of placket insertion from David  Page Coffin’s book on shirt tailoring.  I eliminated the sleeve placket and just did a gathered cuff, making sure that it would fit over my hand.  For the back yoke, I used two layers.

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French seams everywhere, as well as small rolled hems.  Yes, chiffon is a terribly delicate fabric.  I pre-treated the fabric with a spray stabilizer, Cut each pattern flat, one piece at a time, using stabilizing paper under the fabric, and using my special shears meant for cutting delicate fabrics.  It’s much more time consuming, but the end results are worth it.  The delicate fabric requires delicate treatment. 

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The fit is fairly long and blousy.  The front and back are gathered into the one piece yoke.  My gathers aren’t perfect, you can see a few pleats rather than gathers, but this fabric practically frays when you breath on it.  The less handling of the fabric (i.e., ripping out stitching), the better.

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For my Liberty Fabric, I think I’ll shorten it just a bit, maybe do the button cuffs and add a tab so that I can roll the sleeves up.  Happy Sewing!

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  1. You are so right about extra care resulting in a special garment. I love silk chiffon, even though it is painstakingly fussy to work with and requires so much coaxing and loving to make it cooperate (kinda like a little contrary-minded toddler). Love the fabric.

  2. Nice job sewing the chiffon. It looks lovely!

  3. Wow! You did a magnificent job with this chiffon – beautiful top!

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