Thursday, February 04, 2016

Burda Style Pleated Blouse compared to Archer


I had a couple of comments on Instagram asking to compare these two shirts.  So let's do it here

Grainline Archer Shirt - made several times

1.  Not fitted but not oversized - you could say just right!


2.  Pleat detail and yoke in the back but a standard size pleat ( I added the tab)

3.  Front placket

or see the plaid bias one

4.  Standard size cuff


Now to the Burda Pleated Pocket Blouse 

1.  Very full blouse, think oversized and tunic if left untucked

2.  Has a yoke but a deep pleat and full back

3.  The front is folded back to make a facing - not front band or any topstitching

4.  The cuff is thin and the sleeve is full.  Cropped a photo to see the cuff, details a bit lost.



Similarities.

1.  They both are great patterns
2.  They have pockets
3. They have buttons


I think the pattern to pick is the look you want.  More traditional then the Archer, I think a bit dressier using silk, challis, etc then the Pleated Blouse.

I hope that helps

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25 comments:

  1. thank for the review. its nice to see comparison between patterns

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    1. Thanks, Rachel, both are great patterns, hard to pick just one.

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  2. Lori how do you finish the seams on the archer? I like to flat fell finish but find the smaller seam allowance annoying.

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    1. I am a serger person, I serge all the seams after stitching on my blouses. One exception - french seams on sleeves if I am going to roll up my sleeves.

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  3. Thanks you must have read my mind as I also wondered how they compared. Great tips - thanks

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  4. You've done a beautiful job of both. Thanks for the comparison.

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    1. thanks so much. They are two great patterns.

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  5. Thanks for the comparison. I've been wanting to make a button-up but haven't picked the pattern yet. This helps!

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    1. Jennifer, I would go with the Archer for your first shirt. It is a great pattern plus Grainline has a nice sewalong for the pattern on their blog.

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  6. Thank you for taking time to share your experiences. Your sewing skills are just fantastic, as is your ability to match up patterns and fabrics and fitting techniques.

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    1. Oh, you are too kind. I am getting much better at matching fabric with a pattern.

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  7. Thank you for taking time to share your experiences. Your sewing skills are just fantastic, as is your ability to match up patterns and fabrics and fitting techniques.

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  8. Thank you for your comparison.

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    1. You are welcome, Anne

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  9. Thank you for your comparison.

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  10. fun comparison. I still love the Burda blouse - the collar and pockets are so elegant. And as you point out, it works well with a soft fabric, my favorite.

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    1. The Burda blouse is very classic styling.

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  11. Great post Lori! Thanks for comparing the two...so helpful. Both look great on you!

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    1. Thanks, Margo, I have a hard time picking just one. I think they are different enough to make both! LOL

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  12. I think you made the Burda shirt too large, so perhaps the comparison is unfair. Love your Archer shirts.

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    1. You might be right Gail. My first Archer was too big also. Sew and learn.

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  13. Nice comparison! Both have great features.

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    1. Thanks, Linda, I like them both very much.

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  14. I love your style. Very nice. Expecting more creative works :) Keep sharing :)

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