Friday, August 23, 2013

Silk Voile and Datura Blouse



First I ordered Mood Fabrics' Silk Floral Voile in June, isn't it soooo pretty?  The flowers are very large scale, just wait until you see my top.




Also, in June I ordered Deer and Doe's Datura Blouse, which comes from France and the pattern arrived the first week of August.
Picture from deer and doe site

We have had a lot going on here the first few weeks in August.  Erin, her hubby and the grandbaby moved in with us, they are building a house. Paige and her hubby bought a house that needs work and I have gone up a couple of times to paint.  Then last week we moved the twins into college. Yes, there were tears shed and I still catch myself with some watery eyes.  The good thing, they are not far away.

Back to sewing and the blouse, this week I cut it out and got started.  The pattern comes with two instruction booklets, one in French and one in English.  I was very impressed with the instructions and the top was easy to construct. I only had one time to unsew and it was all my fault, forgot to turn the front bodice right sides out.  I did find their method of constructing the bodice and lining to be amazingly easy with fantastic results.

So here is the top, see what I mean about the scale?  I love the size and tried to be careful not to have the middle of the flower in any bulls-eye area.


I can wear it with jeans and shorts with the sleeveless look or I can wear it with a cardigan or jacket.



I am thrilled to get this top done before the end of August.  I did change the hemline.  The instructions have you hem with a bias self-fabric facing.  I just serged the bottom and turned up the hem.

Let's talk sizing, I chose my size by the measurements on the chart, which was a 42.  Usually with Burda I make a 38 or a 40.  I ended up taking the top in at the side seams. Next time it will be a 40 at the bust and 38 for the rest of the top.

I really like the back with the bodice and the buttoned lower back, just a little extra detail.  I did baste the side seams, sewed the buttonholes and buttons on the top.  This helped with the fitting but was a bit different than their order.



A fun top from some really unique fabric and I will enjoy wearing it for the rest of summer.


40 comments:

  1. This is really very cute, and very flattering. Great job!

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  2. Love this fabric & your new top!
    Sounds like you are doing well with the
    changes in your family.....and you get to have
    your grand baby nice & close!

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    1. Thanks, Patty, I am thrilled with the top. I am doing better, the first few days after the twins went to school were very rough! I spoiled the little guy all day today

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  3. What a cute top! I really like the large scale print. You made great use of it. It's darling on you.

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    1. Thanks,Lisa,I was a little nervous about the large scale but couldn't be happier with the results.

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  4. loooooove this top and the large scale print.

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    1. thanks, Cidell, it is a great top and fabric.

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  5. Really, really, really cute! I love this!

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    1. thank you, it was worth the wait for the pattern so I could combine the top and fabric.

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  6. Pretty! And I'm impressed you got any sewing done with everything else going on;)

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    1. Thank you, Angela, I really wanted to get this top done, so I made sure to get into my sewing room.

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  7. It's beautiful, Lori! Good choice of matching the fabric with the pattern. I just love those Deer & Doe patterns, aren't they so satisfying to put together? :)

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    1. Thanks, Lauren, I really liked the Deer&Doe patterns, I have a blouse to try,too.

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  8. Wow - you have been busy! I love the scale of the print on this and it seems like the blouse would be so versatile too. I may need to add this to my ever growing sewing queue!

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    1. Thanks, Shar, yes you do need to add it to your queue.

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  9. Love the fabric and the style! I probably would have serged the hem too. Gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks, Robin, the facing just seemed like too much work and serging made it so easy.

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  10. Your life sounds busy indeed, Lori. But you still find time to whip up amazing garments. I adore your fabric choice for this. I'm not familiar with the pattern but will have to check it out!

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    1. Thanks, Cissie, the fabric is luscious, check out their cute patterns at Deer & Doe, there are some cute ones.

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  11. The top and the fabric are both very stunning. Good job!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa, I love them both.

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  12. I love this blouse so much, I wish it was hanging in my closet right now! Thanks for the warning on Deer and Doe patterns taking so long to arrive. I don't think I will be able to copy this lovely piece before the end of our short Seattle summer *sob*

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    1. Thank you, maybe Deer and Doe will come out with pdf for their patterns.

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  13. Beautiful fabric, and well suited to this little top!

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    1. Thank you, Judith, I was a bit nervous with the scale but I am thrilled with the results.

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  14. This is a cute top! I love, love, love the fabric. The pink sweater with top is a very nice look as well.

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    1. Thank you, Linda, the fabric is amazing. It was a joy to sew and those large scale flowers just put it over the top.

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  15. Beautiful! Good luck with all of the changes going on with your family. Our house feels like a train station too, with daughters moving in and then out again. It's great that you are able to find some time to sew with so much going on!

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    1. Thank you, Ann. It is busy/crazy here. My sewing room is a nice place to land sometimes!

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  16. Pretty top! I love the unique detailing in the back.

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    1. Thank you, Levone, the back is fun.

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  17. Love it, its adorable. Also your shoes look cute :)

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    1. Thank you, for the top compliments and shoes. I bought them early spring and love them.

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  18. I love, love, this top and paired with the cardigan especially! Such an investment when you can transition a wardrobe from warmer to cooler months!

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    1. Thank you, that is my favorite look also.

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