If you’ve been looking for your new go-to top, something that is easy to wear but still packs a stylish punch, we’ve got the pattern for you! The wrapped silhouette and wide boat neckline of the Wrap Blouse by BurdaStyle makes your soon-to-be favorite top elegant and suitable for both the office and going out. Want to know what’s even better? You can now make this blouse and five other BurdaStyle patterns using Sprout Patterns’ cut & sew technology thanks to an exciting Sprout Patterns + BurdaStyle collaboration! To kick things off, we’re unwrapping the Wrap Blouse with Sharadha R, the talented DIY enthusiast behind the blog Sweet Shard.
Sharadha: I’m so excited to be reviewing the Wrap Blouse from BurdaStyle on Sprout Patterns. The wrap blouse is a loose fitting top that can either be a casual everyday option or a dressy piece, making it a versatile shirt to have in your wardrobe. It’s got two front asymmetrical layers and ¾ length sleeves, which is perfect to show off some pretty jewelry you’ve got lying around!
Cut & Sew
This is my first time using a Spoonflower design on a Sprout Pattern project, so I’m a complete newbie to this way of sewing. For those of you who don’t know about Sprout’s cut & sew process, the absolute coolest thing about this method is that the pattern is printed right onto the fabric, which is a MAJOR time saver.
One of my initial concerns was that I wouldn’t have control of where the pattern would be positioned on the fabric. This is something I like to do because then I can pattern match the fabric to my liking. Fortunately, Sprout gives you a mockup of the fabric with the pattern on it plus a visual of what the shirt will look like. You can even shift the pattern around to help with pattern matching.
Pattern & Construction
I choose the size 38 and didn’t have to make any adjustments. Phew!
While this is a simple blouse to make, I found the instructions to miter the front corners a bit tricky to understand. But, Sprout + BurdaStyle have some fantastic videos to help you out along the way which really clarified everything! When you purchase a BurdaStyle project on Sprout, you’ll gain access to these helpful videos.
For this blouse, you’ll need to print page 15 of the print-at-home pattern so you can mark & transfer the darts. There is no seam allowance on the pattern, so it’s important to remember that you’ll have to compensate for that when marking your fabric.
Fabric & Design
Despite being a millennial, I’m still pretty old school as far as shopping is concerned because I like to go to the fabric store to really see and feel fabrics first hand…so I’ll admit, I was a bit nervous to choose a design and fabric online. Luckily, you can order any design in the Spoonflower Marketplace or your own custom design as an 8″x8″ sample swatch on any of their available fabrics for just $5 or start with a sample pack before you order your Sprout Patterns project.
Spoonflower has so many designs to choose from that it took me hours to narrow down what I wanted. I opted for Navajo in Off White Mint and Gold by Kimsa in Poly Crepe de Chine. With so many designs in the Marketplace, there are definitely some great gems to pick from!
As I mentioned above, this was my first time using Sprout Patterns and looking back at my experience, this is definitely a great way to lessen the workload and get straight to my favourite part of sewing, which is…SEWING!
And the wrap blouse? I’m a fan of it! It’s an easy shirt to make and even easier to wear! I love fashion just as much as the next girl out there, but give me something cute and comfortable? Sold!
See what other Sprout Patterns + BurdaStyle patterns you can make below!
Photography by Sabrina Ramnarain
Sharadha is a television producer, host, content creator, stylist and DIY influencer. She has produced fun and compelling content for networks such as CMT and CosmopolitanTV, working with the likes of Taylor Swift, The Property Brothers and more. Cool projects to her name include Big Brother Canada and Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them! Learning mainly from Youtube, Sharadha is a self-taught sewist. You can find her creations on her sewing & style blog, Sweet Shard, and on Instagram and Facebook.