Recently, I decided to relax my "All Burda, All the time" policy and reacquaint myself with the Big Four. Big Four offered classic designs I liked that were perhaps too boring for Burda, whose designs are more contemporary and trendy. I came to a realization during this process. The problem is not the Big Four patterns; the problem is me. I don't like fitting and I refuse to make muslins. If I'd made a muslin, I would have known the size I selected for this blouse was too big.
This is a classic camp shirt. The pattern can be used for both men and women.
SM to XXL
I used a linen blend. I love sewing linen and this blend behaved very much like real linen. It was easy to press and make neat corners on the pockets. The only thing missing was the wrinkles!
Most sewers may be familiar with the method of attaching a standard style yoke entirely by machine. With the standard style yoke, the fronts and back of the blouse are rolled up inside the yoke and the yoke facing can be sewn entirely by machine. The collar is sewn on after the yokes are attached. M6932 is a blouse type yoke. The method is different because the collar is attached to the neck seam before attaching the front facing and yoke facing units. The blouse unit and inside unit are constructed separately, the collar is sandwiched between the two units; then the units are sewn together at the neckline. The front and back are rolled up into the yoke and the shoulder and back yoke seams are sewn, much like the procedure in the standard yoke. I found directions for the blouse type yoke in Easy Guide to Sewing Blouses (Long, 1997), part of the Sewing Companion Library (which is a great collection of books, though out of print). I love the result, a very neat looking inside.
When I sew a Burda magazine pattern, I trace it and then I sew it. I rarely make any pattern changes and, in most cases, I'm satisfied with the fit. I can't follow the same procedure with McCall's, Butterick or Vogue. Some pattern work is usually needed and I usually choose to not do it. The resulting fit can be horrible and I don't wear the garment.
I have decisions to make. Do I hang on to my stubborn refusal to make muslins and end up with garments made from McVougericks that don't fit well? I'm much happier with Burda garments that I can sew with minimal, if any alterations. Do I resign myself to making muslins if I want to sew Big Four patterns? Sometimes Big Four's
boring classic designs are just what I want. I have fabric for another blouse. Do I make M6932 again in a smaller size? Do I try another McVoguerick pattern? Or do I return to old faithful Burda? So many questions! The immediate solution is not quite as bad as making a muslin. For now, I'll just have to take in the sides of this blouse.