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Sneak Peek: Burda 01-2009-108

2012 November 19
by elizabeth_admin

I am probably two days out from finishing this blouse, but I couldn’t resist giving you a sneak peek.  This sleeve placket is hard-won.  It took some fairly exhausting mental gymnastics to figure this construction out.  I went through tutorial after tutorial.  I tore through every sewing book I own looking for enlightenment.  I finally came upon two workable methods.  But more on that later.  Here’s what my sewing room looks like now after the sewing frenzy…


And here is one of my hard-won sleeve plackets.  I made two practice ones and then went for the gusto on my red linen.


I still have to add the front button bands, the collar stand and collar, sew the side seams and sleeve seams, add the cuffs and then hem the bugger.  This after two or three muslins.  I spared you my muslin process.  I have a fitting buddy now, my Mom!  Shes’s great at seeing what the problems are, fit or style wise, and she’s pretty objective about it.

Let me just say though that those Burda instructions are for sh*t.  Now that I know the inside and outs of sleeve plackets, I look back at those Burda instructions and I still don’t get them.  WTH???  Why can’t they get it together?  During my 5 years of sewing, not that I’m an expert at all, I still know enough to know that those instructions are awful.  I also know that people have been complaining about them for at least as long as I’ve been sewing and probably way longer.  Why?

Ok, rant over.

As for the blouse, I love it.  I had to make numerous fit changes, but if the drafting weren’t impeccable, I wouldn’t have been successful with all my changes.  Word.

Can’t wait to show it to you!

Happy sewing.

13 Responses leave one →
  1. November 19, 2012

    Love the colour, looking forward to seeing the finished product 🙂

  2. Wendy permalink
    November 19, 2012

    I don’t believe it! I also spent this weekend creating and inserting my first sleeve placket! I eventually found a great tutorial on the Threads site and even a downloadable placket pattern. It was good brain gymnastics though:). Looking forward to seeing the whole shirt.

  3. M-C permalink
    November 19, 2012

    Burda’s main market isn’t the US beginner, it’s the solid European sewer who already knows how to do all these things and doesn’t care much to change methods anyway. The burdastyle site is their main concession to the existence of beginners. So they’re probably not about to change their MO..

  4. November 19, 2012

    my sewing room ends up in the same state most of the time i’m sewing as well. 😉

  5. annie permalink
    November 19, 2012

    Love the color and the fabric! As for M_C and the directions, I’ve been sewing since I was a child and that was more than 60 years ago. So I am hardly a neophyte. I use lots of Vogue and Butterick. Vogue used to be pretty obtuse. Burda directions remain ultra-obtuse, in other words, sh**.

  6. November 19, 2012

    Gorgeous color and perfect placket.

  7. November 19, 2012

    The color and fabric are quite lovely. The finished product is almost there! 🙂 Your sewing space…the evidence of creativity! 🙂 m.

  8. November 19, 2012

    That placket looks perfect! A book I recommend if you’re going to make shirts with menswear details, is David Coffin’s, “Shirtmaking.” Not sure if you saw this post from my shirt sew-along, which might have helped — or not! 😉

    Burda instructions: blech.

    • elizabeth_admin permalink*
      November 19, 2012

      Peter, I wish I had looked at your post before I started my placket journey. Darn! My plackets don’t look as professional as yours, but I am forging ahead with the shirt despite it. I did try David Coffin’s book, but had difficulties with it — I’m sure all user error of course. I think plackets are like any skill, it takes time and practice to do them right.

  9. November 19, 2012

    I am happy to see another person who wrecks the joint sewing. I don’t feel like I’m so different now.

  10. November 19, 2012

    Your shirt placket is lookin’ good!
    Thanks for the encouragement with my jeans! They’re about 2/3 done now!

  11. November 19, 2012

    I think your placket looks awesome, and your sewing room looks normal!

  12. November 19, 2012

    Awesome job on the placket! I can’t imagine doing this without good instructions. I was proud of the one I made for a men’s shirt (Colette Negroni). The Colette instructions were really good but it was still somewhat origami-like to me.

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