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Burdastyle voile blouse

So here is my finished cotton voile blouse, that I sewed as part of my winter plan. The pattern is from Burdastyle’s 2013 June issue and it is the fourth time I sew this pattern, but this pattern has so many variations (including a shirt dress) so you would never guess it’s the same pattern. This time I did the mandarin collar version and now I ask myself why I don’t sew standing collars more often, they are are stylish and are easy to sew too!

The blouse has such simple details, just bust darts and the placket is just a folded facing, no separate pattern piece. The only alteration I did is to remove ease from the sleeves since Burdastyle used to add an insane amount of ease to their set-in sleeves, even on knits! And unwanted gathers around the sleeve head is a look that screams homemade, and not in a good way! If you are curious how to remove excess ease from the sleeves I highly recommend the method Sandra Betzina uses in her book Fast fit (affiliate link).




I bought the fabric in a great little fabric shop in Helsinki last year. It was labeled Italian style cotton voile on the selvedge so in my twisted fantasy I assumed that the fabric was actually made in Italy, lol! Talk about deceptive marketing, but the fabric is great nevertheless.


As you can see the collar is a very simple, just hidden behind the placket facing  in the front, and in the back the seam is covered with a bias strip (the stitching in the back). Neat and easy.


This must be one of favorite blouses currently and I have made a bunch in the last year, since I had to retire a bunch of my old favorites.  So nice to have found a base blouse pattern that I can just re-make over and over, but it still feels unique each time.

Previous makes using this pattern

Seersucker shirt dress

Silk blouse with piping

Sateen blouse with puff sleeves


And the hem has a nice rounded front, so it looks equally nice when not tucked in.  If you haven’t checked out my tutorial How to sew a narrow hem, you should. It’s the method I used for this blouse and it makes it so easy to sew a narrow hem that is even and doesn’t twist.



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  • Karey
    March 13, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    Your various makes of this pattern demonstrate its versatility. #120 has been in my ‘to make’ list, but I hadn’t looked properly at the blouses. When I pulled the magazine out of my stash I could see why – both versions unbuttoned to the waist/below bust give no idea what they’d look like as you’d actually wear them. Your versions made me take another look and realise what a useful TNT this pattern can be.

    • Johanna
      March 15, 2018 at 3:10 pm

      Agree. Burda makes it hard sometimes to access the actual garment with their styled “fashiony” photos. Sometimes they even only show garments where the model is lying down, not very helpful! You should totally give ti another look, I especially like the version without waist darts because it has the perfect amount of ease for a casual blouse!

    March 15, 2018 at 2:27 am

    The fabric is wonderful. It is amazing how the right choice of fabric, makes or breaks a project. You should do a post on that topic, since I think so many home sewers, pick the wrong fabric for a project and for them personally. This makes the garment look horrible and home made. I also am going thru your book in detail applying the techniques to my knit projects.

    • Johanna
      March 15, 2018 at 3:11 pm

      Couldn’t agree more. Fabric is everything, and in fact my next liveshow on YouTube will be about this particular topic and I might condensed that content to a blog post too, I really like your suggestion!


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