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October 7

Burda Tie-Front Blouse and High Waisted Trousers

While these aren’t the first pieces I started sewing for the fall, they are the first (& second) completed ones at any rate.

I’m quite embarrassed that I started sewing Burda’s High-Waisted Trousers as part of A Fashionable Stitch’s Trouser Sewalong back in February.  The only post I made regarding them was a quick tutorial about matching the pocket grainline up with the trouser shell piece.

I made a perfect muslin, sewed the pants up in their entirely, sans hem, tried them on only to notice they did not fit well on my backside.  Since I was so deflated after having made all the necessary adjustments on the muslin to get a perfect fit, and have these not fit the same way, they were left on my sewing pile ever since.

I finally decided that while the fit isn’t perfect, it’s probably much better than I’d be buying in the store, not to mention that mine would be a much better quality, that even include a lining.  So they were placed into my fall rotation and all I had to do to finish these puppies up was to complete the hem on the shell and lining.

While I can’t argue that these wide-legged trousers probably are suited for a much taller woman than I, I’m in love with them.  They’re so comfortable; they feel like butter with the bemberg lining in them.  They reinforce the fact that everything feels better with a little lining in them.  Who wouldn’t like to walk around feeling something close to satin all day?!

I followed Sunni’s trouser sew-along to a T; her sewalongs are always thoughtfully prepared and comprehensive.  I end up learning so much about fit, and I continually reference them whenever I’m working on new projects.  I can’t wait for another one!

On my top half, I’m also wearing my newly finished Tie Front Blouse (aka the Bow Blouse) also by Burda.

This is my first blouse-success and I couldn’t be happier with it.  *hip hip*

I feel so feminine in this bow blouse; it’s the perfect mix between menswear and Emma Pillsbury (ie Kate Spade).  I wish I could make 3 of these, but I think people would start to get suspicious that I’m wearing the same shirt all the time.  It’s such a distinct look, that I fear one is enough for the wardrobe in this exact cut.

Alterations: My bow is a tad bit narrower than the original, but not by much.  I think mine is only 3/4-1.5 inches narrower than Burda’s.  I have a short waist, yet this pattern conformed to my waist perfectly.  Other than that, it fits pretty perfectly and very blouse-like.

Eeep! I nearly forgot to mention my materials…

For the trousers, I used a wool suiting material in a medium gray with some light gray and taupe pinstripes along with a slate gray bemberg lining.  The blouse is dark blue and black herringbone weave, made of 100% cotton with pinstripes of mustard and white.  It’s so light and silky, I still have a hard time beliving its only made of cotton.  I may have to venture out to see if I can find some more in a different colorway.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend & happy stitching.

  1. Kerry / Oct 7 2011

    You did a great job with both items and I love the blouse fabric in particular. I really must make more separates – I’m sure both the trousers and blouse will be really useful wardrobe items too.

  2. Freddie / Oct 7 2011

    Great outfit! I’ve had the Bella pattern for wide-legged trousers from Burda cut out and ready to go for nearly a year now, but I’m always thinking what on earth would I wear them with? I love the material you chose for yours, and the lining sounds great. You’ve convinced me to take the plunge and attempt my first pair of trousers (eep!).

  3. Suzie / Oct 7 2011

    GORGEOUS! I love both of these – no wonder you love wearing them. You always pick patterns that I have plans on making…we must have very similar tastes :)

  4. gail / Oct 7 2011

    Adorable! You look absolutely perfect in this outfit. I especially love the blouse – I might have to check out that pattern myself!

  5. Casey / Oct 7 2011

    I love this ensemble! The pants are darling (as someone who prefers wide leg pants–I think they look lovely!) and that blouse is a knock-out. It seems everyone I know lately has been making and wearing bow blouses, so I’m thinking this is a sign from the sewing gods I need to join in. ;) lol. I really love the fabric you used for yours!

  6. Emilie / Oct 7 2011

    The blouse does look really silky! Great style! I’m going to try my hand at pants soon with the new Clover pants by Colette… we’ll see how it goes. I might take a look at Sunni’s sew-along for some extra help if needed!

  7. Tasha / Oct 7 2011

    Awesome! I’m glad you were finally happy enough with the trousers to finish them. I think I’ll have to learn how to line trousers once I finish my first pair and feel confident enough to give that a try, seems great for our weather.

    Love the bow blouse, too. I think if you modified the bow somehow, like made it more narrow and in a completely different color/fabric, you could totally get away with another one in your wardrobe!

  8. Lauren / Oct 7 2011

    well *i* think the trousers look great! and ooh, you better be glad i don’t know where you live bc i’d totally bc stealing that bow blouse lol :)

  9. Karen / Oct 7 2011

    The whole look is fabulous, I am feeling a tinsy bit, okay HUGELY, jealous! I love that whole style but my stay at home mom life style doesn’t really work with wool trousers. I guess I just will have to be happy knowing that my fellow sewists out there get to rock it, which you do :)

  10. Amanda / Oct 7 2011

    Great job! I know exactly what you mean about the Bemberg lining feeling oh so yummy, the most comfortable thing ever. Glad you got the trousers done (I still haven’t finished my swing dress from Casey’s sew-along, gah!).

  11. Annabelle / Oct 7 2011

    Liz- I am in love with this outfit! It is so perfect and on trend. I hope you put it on BurdaStyle, so I can go favorite it :)

  12. Meredith / Oct 9 2011

    Your outfit is amazing! I love that huge bow and that blouse looks so perfect that I’d be tempted to make lots more though I think your restraint is probably the wiser choice. :) The trousers look fantastic too… it would be hard not to wear them every day!

  13. Ljolja / Oct 9 2011

    You look great in your new outfit. I especially like the blouse. The fabric works so well with this pattern.

  14. Geri / Oct 10 2011

    Found your blog via Burdastyle – Such a fabulous outfit. Just love love love the blouse. I have this magazine, and you have completely inspired me to make it!

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