Salvaged Burda lace blouse


This blouse had been malingering in my cupboard as a UFO. It’s the lace shirt 116 from Burda Style 3/2013.

Burda lace top

I love many of the clothes in this particular issue, but the minute I saw this top I knew I had to make it. Coincidentally, some lovely heavy cotton lace that I had been coveting in Spotlight went on sale, and I was in business.

Please note the “heavy” cotton lace. I did not really factor in that this is a drop shoulder pattern made from what looks to be fairly drapey lace. When I put my top together I couldn’t actually put my arms down at my sides, the fabric was so stiff.

The head of the sleeve was almost flat, which made changing the pattern a little difficult as it wasn’t really wide enough further down the sleeve to accommodate the width of the new sleeve.


I searched my pattern stash for a pattern that I could use for the armscye and sleeve head and came upon Vogue 1366, which has been lurking there for quite a few months, unused.

Simplicity 1366

It still has a slight drop shoulder, but it’s not as drastic and the sleeve and armscye do have a proper shape. All I did was cut a new armscye using this pattern, and then cut the top of the sleeve to match. This was all a bit dodgy as my fabric was now the wrong shape, but the bottom line? It worked, after a fashion, and I could now get my arms down by my sides.


It’s still a bit too hot to be wearing this blouse, but I can see that it will be perfect for autumn.


I have enough lace left over to make a skirt, but I couldn’t possibly wear them together – it would be far too “mother of the bride”. I am considering my options on this. I thought I might line the skirt with some cinnamon coloured lining, or purple, or… something. I also need to find coordinating clothes.


I didn’t take photos of the inside of this top, but I did Hong Kong binding seam finishes, using some coordinating bias binding from my stash. It took a satisfying amount of bias binding. As I write this I am about three hours away from the top, so you will have to take my word for this, but the inside is very neat.


In a nutshell: Blouse is 116 from Burda Style 3/2013, made from heavy cotton lace from Spotlight and rescued from my fabric cupboard. The skirt is Champagne from Capital Chic patterns.


19 thoughts on “Salvaged Burda lace blouse

  1. You look so lovely in this outfit! I had not looked at the top before in my Burda magazine, so I will definitely have to revisit that issue.

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    1. I think it’s a lovely issue, so yes, you should revisit. I must make more things from it; I was a bit put off when this blouse didn’t work, but I’m back in the game now! Thank you for the comment Elizabeth.


  2. Everyone around me has germs so socialising has been curtailed………but I got a maccies out of it!

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  3. Love it! Good learnings too.
    I think a contrasting lined skirt sounds great- you’re right, if you make a coordinating outfit you’ll look like you’re on your way to your son’s wedding!


    1. I think you may have put in a comment about my Lotus Blossom hat and called it a toque? I managed to lose the comment, but if it was yours, you are right, a toque is a good description. I have now shrunk it to fit me 🙂


  4. Wonderful top! You’ve chosen the perfect pattern for this beautiful lace. I’m almost tempted to try sewing this dreadful fabric. If you make a skirt with the rest of it (not to be worn with the top, I agree with you about the mother-of-the-bride look), you’ll take up the last challenge on GBSB. I’m sure your skirt will turn out awsome.

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  5. Coincidentally, last week’s episode of the Great British Sewing Bee had them sewing pencil skirts out of lace (with lining of course). Some gorgeous results. Right up your alley!


  6. A classic and beautiful top! I remember noticing this Burda pattern, and the Vogue 1366 that you borrowed from is one of my favorite tops ever, though it was hard to see at first because of the skirt on the pattern envelope. I’m envious of your frangipani/plumeria blossoms (what do you call them in Australia?)


    1. Thank you Patricia. We call the flowers “frangipani” and my garden is full of the trees, which is a pain when they drop their leaves. I am so happy to finally have this top in my wardrobe.


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