I really love the design details of Burda Style plus size patterns. Big Four plus patterns are usually more bland and if you want unique details, you have to add them yourself. This long sleeved blouse has a cuff, but no placket, which I think is an interesting detail. I also liked the pleated frill, even though I didn't use it.
I can't explain why I am so determined to conquer Burda magazine instructions. I want to be able to read the instructions, use Burda's methods as presented, and sew the garment without consulting any outside source and without scratching my head in confusion. It's a neurotic compulsion, I guess. There were no particularly puzzling parts in the directions for 02-10-137. There was a major omission, though. After reading these instructions several times and I never saw an instruction that said, "sew the side seams." Of course, anyone would know to sew the side seams, but an omission of that magnitude might make a BurdaNewbie a little nervous.
I was drawn to this pattern because of the pleated trim around the front band and sleeve. I never assumed I would have found pleated trim to match any fabric I might buy or already own. I also never considered pleating strips of fabric myself. Burda recommends having the fashion fabric "commercially pleated: triple pleats, pleat width 1 cm." I imagine the commercial pleater would know what all of that means. I don't. I liked the detail even though I knew I couldn't produce it. My daughter brought back this fabric from Morocco, along with the matching trim. I really wanted to include the trim in whatever project I chose for the fabric, so I put the braided trim where the pleated trim would have been.
The fabric is light and breathable crinkled cotton – perfect for warm weather in spite of the long sleeves. Whenever I get the opportunity to sew natural fibers, I swear I will never sew man-made fibers again. I really enjoy working with fabrics that press easily and are stable.
This blouse was made to be a knock-around-the-house blouse so I don't have to be concerned about coordinating pants.