Cropped Blouse – Burda Easy Pattern

cropped blouse Burda Easy by thisblogisnotforyou.comHello gang! Today I want to share one of my latest makes, a cropped blouse with a studded collar. I hope you guys like it as much as I do! Let’s talk about the pattern first!

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The Pattern:

The blouse pattern is from the Spring/Summer 2014 edition of the Burdastyle Easy magazine, a special edition of the normal Burdastyle mag which comes out only a couple of times a year. Since it’s quite hard to get hold of the patterns later on (they’re not published digitally as the normal Burdastyle pattern are, as far as I know), I always make sure to get my hands on these mags. The patterns are always pretty simple, but pretty and combined they make a beautiful capsule wardrobe collection.

I really love the cropped blouse (pattern 1K in the summer 2014 issue) and since I have never properly tackled shirt collars before, this was the perfect project.

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The blouse has got raglan sleeves which end at the elbow and the hem ends just below the waist.

The Fabric:

Luckily, I had pretty similar fabric in my stash. I got it from the Mr’s granny who recently moved houses and found a massive stash of vintage fabrics and patterns she gave me (yay!). I am not quite sure where it is from and when she bought it, but I will ask her next time I see her.

The fabric has very fine dark blue and white stripes and at first I thought it was linen. It was not. I didn’t notice until the blouse was all sewn together and I was working on the collar. When giving the collar a final press, it actually melted. Yeah. It waited to do that until it was completely finished and then BOO! That mean bastard. It even left an imprint on my ironing board which smiles at me now every time I use it. After that fiasko the collar was also shrunk and absolutely unusable. I cut out a new one (luckily, I had enough fabric) and started again. This time I was super careful and did everything perfectly. Well, it just wasn’t my day. When I finally wanted to attach the collar to the blouse it was about 4cm too short for the neckline. I almost had a nervous breakdown. It was past midnight and I just wanted to get this over with. But there was no way of attaching a collar that wouldn’t match up with the neckline. I went to bed knowing I would have to cut out a third collar without knowing what had gone wrong.

Guess what? Next morning I had the brilliant idea to just try it again, before cutting out a new one. I gave it another good press and started pinning. The seams matched up perfectly. I still don’t know what happened, but I was super happy, that much I can tell you! I still stick to the theory that there is a Tim Gunn living somewhere in my closet, who comes out when I sleep and secretly fixes my sewing mistakes. I so hope that this is true.

cropped blouse Burda Easy by thisblogisnotforyou.comI was so happy that before sewing the collar closed, I had the idea of adding some embellishment. I remembered that I had some studs lying around somewhere and then just gave it a go. cropped blouse Burda Easy by

I interfaced the corners of the collar before adding the studs. Not my best work, as the fabrics wobbles a bit where the studs are, but I am quite happy with the result.cropped blouse Burda Easy by thisblogisnotforyou.comcropped blouse Burda Easy by thisblogisnotforyou.comI am still ot sure whether I like the studs and white buttons together, but darker buttons looked even worse and I had none that would match the studs. Should I ever find some that are the perfect match, I can simply change them.cropped blouse Burda Easy by thisblogisnotforyou.comThe Fit:

I absolutely love the fit of the blouse. I did not make any alterations this time and the pattern came together easily. The blouse is super comfy and quite flattering when you wear it with a tight skirt. I might have to make some pencil skirts now in some plan colours, so I can wear this baby to work.

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Will I make it again? Yes, I think so. I already have fabric and plans for another one. But first I want to make some more fitted, high-waisted skirts to wear with the blouse. I am really really happy with the result. It’s a fantastic pattern and the collar is perfect for embellishing. I’m thinking about contrast-colour, sequing or beads next time!

Happy sewing!


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weekend treats {magazine review}

sewing magazine review by thisblogisnotforyou.comAfter quite a stressful term at uni and before heading home for the Easter weekend I treated myself with three new sewing magazines I’ve never read before. I don’t buy a lot of magazines. They can be quite expensive and end up in the dustbin anyway. The only ones I keep are the Burdastyle magazines since you can reuse the patterns for as many times as you want and combine the different pattern parts of different issues to create new looks.

However, I recently bought three magazines that looked quite promising – Sewstylish, Threads and Cloth. In case you’re looking for new reads for the weekend, I summarised the pros and cons:

#1 Threads

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“threads – for people who love to sew”

YES, that’s me!

And the magazine’s title holds its promise. It’s perfect for me!
Although there are actually no patterns included (compared to Burdastyle’s 30-40 patterns for the same price), I would say it was worth the money. This magazine was really surprising. Here’s what I liked most:

  •  I love haute couture. I love looking at it, reading about it and this magazine had quite a few articles adressing haute couture techniques. Burdastyle magazine is nice, but patterns are often quite simple. Threads has some pretty good ideas and inspiration for working with lace or sculpted tucks.
  • What I love about threads is that it’s a reader-written magazine. There are many very useful ideas and tips from other hobby seamstresses! Gosh, people can be so creative sometimes…! (Another pro: You can actually send in tips and get paid for it!)
  • The curved tucks tutorial (see picture) was one of my favorites. The pattern in the tutorial is horrible – totally dated, but it has very great instructions – definitely going to try this! (with a different pattern!)
  •  Threads has some pattern reviews (Vogue, Marfy, McCall’s, Collette, Burda) and a quite comprehensive preview of what is to come fashionwise this spring. I really liked the preview, because it’s different from those rather unsubstantial runway picture galleries you normally see in magazines. Threads also looks at fibers and fabric types used, not only colours and cuts.
  • There are also quite a few tutorials and techniques explained, an article about vintage presser feet and a series about seam finishes.

What I really didn’t like was that everything about this magazine, the models, patterns, fabrics, looks a bit outdated and old-fashioned. Definitely not outdated enough to be vintage, which is a bit weird.

 #2 Sewstylish

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Sewstylish – Spring 2013 Fashion Sewing Guide.

Well, well, well. I was very disappointed when I flicked through the issue. For me, it was definitely not worth the money and I regret buying it. Although it’s the same price as Burdastyle, it has not much to offer in comparison.

For whom? Definitely not for me 🙁

However, there were a few things I liked.

  • really simple tutorial on cutwork
  •  tutorial on how to get rid of side seams – quite interesting but very basic
  •  I loved a tutorial on how to customize a peplum pattern with nicely explained instructions
  • an article about serger basics (basics, again)
  • What I liked best was a “project rescue” article that had helpful tips on how to deal with scorches, snags, spills etc and how to get rid of them.

All in all this magazine seemed to not go beyond basics. The “sewing school” basically just explained terms like seam allowance, stitching line, cutting line etc.

The advertised free pattern of a “designer clutch” was far from being a “designer clutch” (rather a “pretty ordinary clutch”) but the step-for-step tutorial was ok with many pictures and instructions. The pattern however was just a mini scale version you’d would have to copy and enlarge before being able to use it.

There were many styles in this magazine that had nothing to do with a “fashion sewing guide”. Some ideas  like the lace appliqué were nice but realized very poorly. The fit of the dresses overall wasn’t good and everything looked slightly outdated. Many ideas weren’t innovatice, look dated or showed a questionable fashion taste.


What really surprised me was that this magazine is made by the editors of threads. I really loved threads, but this one was far from being close to it.

It’s really for the very first beginner, it’s very basic and simple and contains slightly dated fashion. Definitely not made for me 🙁

This was the only style I really really loved. Assymetrical peplum:

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#3 Cloth

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“Cloth – Make it you own”

I really enjoyed reading Cloth. It contained a whole lot of ideas I wanted to “make my own”.

Here’s what I liked best:

  • The magazine included a free personal sizing guide. Not totally smashing but it can be helpful to keep track of your measurements and to have them handy while sewing..
  • Cloth is full of sooo soo many nice innovative, creative ideas that immediately inspired me. Nothing “ready-made” like when sewing with burdastyle and nothing I’d copy completely, but many bits and pieces that inspired me to try to step out of my comfort zone and create something myself, without a ready-made pattern.
  • There were quite a few helpful tutorials: a head band, a chiffon overskirt. a bow-belt, painted/stenciled fabric, an upcycled bag – nothing great, but quite inspiring to adapt. I loved the idea of the sewn on chiffon overskirt and will definitely try to combine this with a assymmetrical dress.
  • I love the article about “trash to couture”. One of my favorite blogs in Cloth  – whoop whoop! (Too bad they did not really pick her best DIYs)

What I didn’t like:

  • templates and paper patterns – they come with nice tutorials + pictures, but are nothing compared to burdastyle. A very simple skirt is the only dress pattern of the five patterns that come with the magazine. Not fully satisfying but still better than the pattern in Sewstylish.
  • There were a bit too many craft and accessory tutorials and ideas. I’d love to have more fashion and sewing inspiration!

But overall, worth the money.


I really enjoyed trying some new magazines, but I’ll probably stick to Burdastyle. Although a  Threads or Cloth will be a nice treat every once in a while.

What are the sewing magazines you like to read? Any recommendations? What are the ones you really wouldn’t recommend to buy?