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Burdastyle eyelet blouse

Here is one of my latest makes

A fitted white cotton eyelet blouse. I bought the fabric last year when fellow sewing blogger Esther took me to some Barcelona fabric stores. I only ended up buying one fabric (I try to be a picky buyer!) a gorgeous eyelet fabric in what feels like a really good quality.

Eyelet Fabrics

Now eyelet fabrics can be many things, and sometimes they border on being too delicate and cute for my taste. I prefer eyelet fabrics that look a more modern and grown-up and less like a christening gown. And this eyelet fabric fits that brief exactly, so I simply had to buy it. Plus I really wanted to make another eyelet blouse since I last made one about 10 years ago and it was long worn-down and retired.

I decided to use a tried and true shirt pattern since I wanted to make sure the fit was spot-on. This eyelet fabric is pretty rigid compared to regular shirting and thus not very forgiving for fitting issues. I used a Burdastyle blouse pattern from the May 2012 issue which is the same pattern as I used for my Liberty lawn blouse last year. What I particularly like about this pattern is that it has darts that are open at the hem.

I’ve used that kind of dart construction a couple of times before and really like how they look. Plus having visually appealing darts was especially important on this project since as the eyelet fabric is quite transparent. That also meant I couldn’t be sloppy with my seaming!

The collar and placket

Both are interfaced with silk organza, since using a fusible on eyelet fabrics seems like a really bad idea. In hindsight, I should have used cotton organdy instead, as it’s never a good idea to mix fabrics that have different washing properties. But alas, I didn’t have any cotton interfacing in my stash, so silk was what I ended up using. That said, I’ve machine washed the blouse on a regular delicate cycle and no issues luckily!

The buttons

I’m like putting statement buttons on my makes. It can be a slippery slope using statements buttons since I don’t want my makes to look all crafty class gone wild, but I do have a weakness for contrasting buttons and put a lot of effort into choosing them—I have a pretty big collection of buttons that I have amassed over the years, including a lot of vintage ones.

I also added cuffs to the sleeves, I think they make the blouse look more crisp and put-together.

Now, I have yet to wear this blouse properly since we have had a really stubborn cold winter here. Normally at this time of the year spring has arrived in the south of Sweden, but yesterday it snowed and this morning it’s even colder. We are heading into Easter here and often that means cardigan weather, but now I still have to wear winter jackets, mittens and a beanie each day. So I can’t wait for warmer days so that I can enjoy this blouse!

My review of the pattern


  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    March 27, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    We’re cold too! Much colder than usual for this time of year in Victoria BC Canada – normally we’re around 15C by now and we’re hovering around 6! The whole northern hemisphere seems to be in a freeze. Love your blouse Johanna 😉 I’m not big on eyelet normally either except maybe for a girl’s dress 🙂 but your’s doesn’t really look like eyelet. It’s dressy and a great fit.

    • Johanna
      March 30, 2018 at 10:06 am

      Yes totally! I’ve heard similar stories from many countries, that we are having a very stubborn winter this year. And I really did luck out with the eyelet, so hard to find them in a grown-up fashion!

    March 28, 2018 at 3:02 am

    You did a very nice job on the construction. I would have ditched the darts and chosen a shirt pattern that had no darts. The material doesn’t led itself to those kind of details. I also think I would have gone with long sleeves and maybe a silk organza underlining. The material is a tough call for a shirt since you can see thru to your under garments.

    • Johanna
      March 30, 2018 at 10:11 am

      Yes, that is would probably have made the most sense, but I like construction details, plus the fabric is so rigid it does need some shaping I think, at least on my body. Don’t mind the see-through actually, it looks way more in the photo, due to the lighting.

  • Jan Brown
    March 28, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Really classy and great fit. A garment to be proud of. Well Done.

  • Adrianne
    March 28, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Your blouse is gorgeous! I love the statement buttons; they really “finish” the garment. I WAS complaining to my husband while doing farm chores this morning about our “cold” weather in Florida, but after reading about your Swedish weather I’ll keep my complaints to myself!

    • Johanna
      March 30, 2018 at 10:13 am

      Yes it does seem like you in North America has had an unusually cold winter too, I just saw pics from a snowstorm in New York the other week too,

  • Esther
    March 28, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    You did such a good job with the fabric! Pity you can’t wear the blouse yet! Here in the Barcelona area it is sunny and I have been sunbathing in bikini this morning 😉
    I am trying to learn from you and buy just one piece of fabric at a time, since I made that resolution in New year I have succeeded!
    Happy Easter! God Paask!

    • Johanna
      March 30, 2018 at 10:16 am

      Wow, Esther, do we even live on the same continent? That sounds fabulous 🙂 And yay for keeping your resolution! I’ve found that when I go bananas with the fabric shopping I feel kinda overwhelmed and don’t know where to start since I have so many fabrics to choose from! Glad Påsk till dig också!

  • Raj
    November 7, 2022 at 2:49 am

    So beautiful & great fit. Nice look. Very helpful information sharing you. I like.


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