Wednesday, April 28, 2010

BWOF 02/2009-125

I've been on a bit of a blouse kick lately.  After all of the easy fit knit tops of earlier this month, I've felt more up to the fitting challenge of an actual woven top.  This one is from BWOF, from the famous 02/2009 issue, which I only recently was able to get my hands on.  You'll be seeing more from this issue.  It's awesome!  This  will be my fifth entry for Spring Top week.  I know I haven't a prayer of winning, but it sure has been fun to see all of the creative and beautiful tops coming in.  Check them out here.
I chose this blouse because of all the unique style details.  It isn't often that you see a raglan sleeve with a collar/stand.  I also really like the pleated sleeve with the buttoned band.  It's a nice variation from the usual puff.  The fabric was an impulse purchase from FFC.  It is cotton lawn with a nice soft hand.  I wasn't sure about the print when it arrived, but I think it is perfect for this blouse.
You can see the sleeve better in this view.  As was noted by several reviewers on PR, the bands are snug.  I find them to be just perfect for me, but I wanted them to be fitted.  You can also see that I probably should have done a full FBA instead of just adding a smidge at the side seams.  There is zero ease at the bust. 
Yes, I definitely need to start doing a sway back adjustment!  Otherwise I love the fit in the back.  The contour darts are very nice.

Well, for a first attempt at a fitted blouse from BWOF I am very happy.  I'll be making more, although maybe not this exact one.  The fit is pretty good even with minimal adjustments, which is pretty nice and I love the styling.

26 comments:

  1. It's lovely Katie, very flattering and cute!

    So that issue is really wonderful you say? I unfortunately don't have it, but now I'll keep my eyes open!

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  2. Very pretty blouse! Looks good on you :)

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  3. Wow that came out great! I'm curious why that issue is so famous. (And if I'd known you wanted something out of it, I probably could have traced it out for you. Not that I plan on making a habit of it or anything, because I firmly believe in the Selfish Seamstress' dogma. Just saying.)

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  4. I like that combination with the raglan sleeves and collar/band. I followed your link to that BURDA issue and I agree - nice issue! I have a subscription, but it started too late for that one - bummer. I'll have to troll eBay...

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  5. Great top! I desperately need more tops for work, I love this pattern, and have this issue. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  6. This is really lovely and it does look great on you! The fabric looks so nice and light and Spring-y.

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  7. So cute! The fabric was a good choice -- you have good impulses. :)

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  8. I have been wanting to make this one myself - it's such a lovely style. Your version is so wonderful and looks beautifully made. You're absolutely right - that fabric is perfect for this pattern!

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  9. Very nice fit! Especially on a first woven BWOF blouse.

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  10. The fabric really does suit that blouse. Cute!

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  11. Love the fabric and the fit looks great!

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  12. Beautiful! I've been considering that pattern, and I really like it. And, you're so fast!

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  13. What pretty blouse - the fabric works so nicely with that style. I think you have a winner!

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  14. That's a very pretty blouse. Love the print!

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  15. I love the fabric - and great fit on this blouse!!

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  16. it looks really great! I wish I had this issue, since I see so many things ort of it!
    I think this last May issue is also great!

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  17. I liked that blouse when I saw it in the magazine, so love to see your version. Great job - you really impress me with the quality and quantity of your sewing!

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  18. It looks great! Nice work!

    I have a weekly Thursday blog party especially for people to share things they've made to be worn. Stop by if you'd like!

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  19. I LOVE this!! Especially, do I like the sleeves! I wonder if rendering this design in a narrow stripe, plaid, or soft-colored solid would highlight the detail in the sleeves more??

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  20. Beautiful job!!! I have been wanting to make this blouse for a while, thank you for reminding me of it. It looks fantastic on you.

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  21. it is totally gorgeous on you - definitely worthy of a revisit. Nice job on the sleeves - I remember this top from that issue and those sleeves are a great detail.

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  22. That's a beautiful blouse!! I lvoe the print!

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  23. Very pretty!! We were working on items from the same issue!

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  24. Very pretty! I love the fabric!

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  25. It is a lovely blouse and it fits great. I passed on the pretty cotton lawn prints from FFC thinking they would be too thin for a blouse, but yours is not too sheer, and I'll bet the lawn fabic will be cooler than a heavier cotton. Hmm, wonder if there is still some for sale.

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  26. I love all the details and that print is really pretty. Nice work!

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