Last night was kind of a big deal for my husband. He’s on a couple of the local boards, and last night was one of the annual meetings. The attire was to be somewhere around business dress. Being a stay at home mom doesn’t tend to require business dress clothing, so I had none. Well, aside from my black slacks, but those were originally intended for something else entirely. So began the saga of the Burda JJ blouse.
Knowing that I didn’t want to tape pages together, I decided to download the “copyshop” version, and take it to the nearby printing store. Apparently it was going to be in the vicinity of $40 to print off this pattern, and I figured I could have Burda print and ship it from Germany for less than that. Then I remembered the plotter at my husband’s work. Yes! I shall take it in and they will print it for me! And they did! 🙂 But, being the procrastination professional that I am, I didn’t start working on it until Tuesday afternoon. So I traced off the pieces, cut out my muslin (I’d never made a non-jersey Burda for the top half before), and prayed that a 38 with a hefty FBA would fit pretty close to right. Meanwhile though, the hooks pull out of my bra….so Wednesday morning I flew to the city to purchase a couple of extra bras, since I don’t have time to make one up, and didn’t want to fiddle with the odd sized hooks/eyes on the back of that one. BTW, if you are looking for bras that are bigger than DD, I recommend Dillard’s–I bought two there for the price of one at Victoria’s Secret–and they actually fit instead of playing around with the band size to “make it work”. They even had a pretty decent selection, of brands/colors/styles.
Sorry, I’m digressing again. Anyway, I get home with my new bras just after noon on Wednesday, stitch together my muslin, and make fitting adjustments but run out of time to do the actual garment. So yesterday (the day of said event), I cut out, stitched together, washed/dried, and wore the Burda JJ blouse. I still can’t believe I took it from a sheet of fabric to a finished collar and 6 handsewn buttons (and my machine even made fuss-free buttonholes!! Six of them!!) in less than a day. My version is kind of plain this time, it’s sleeveless and lacking ruffles because of time constraints, but I kind of like it that way because it’s less frilly, and seems to really showcase the fabric.
Wait, you expect pictures?! OK. Here’s a couple then. The actual color is somewhere between the two pictures.