The “Carmen Miranda” Blouse

The Facts

Fabric: 1.5 meter red cotton, half meter of cotton from the Alexander Henry “folklorico” collection
Pattern: JJ Blouse, BurdaStyle
Year: 2010
Notions: 4 buttons, small amount of interfacing
Time to complete: ~4 days
First worn: this week
Wear again? yes!
Total price: less than 5 EUR for the cotton, and about $5 for the cotton.  So, the total price is somewhere around $12 or $13 depending on the value of currency.

BurdaStyle released this free pattern a few years ago, and it’s been on my “to do” list for a while.  Empowered by cheap cotton I purchased at an open air market, I felt it was time to tackle it.  Upon reading the instructions, I realized quickly why not so many people had completed it.  The translation of the instructions is pretty difficult to decipher.  So, I took a lot of photos and will post a tutorial on this pattern this week on my blog.

In the meantime, here’s my Carmen Miranda blouse (named for it’s festiveness) for the Valentine’s Day Red Challenge!  At first, I just attached just one ruffle on each side.  After trying it on with just two ruffles, I found it a bit plain, so I attached two more.  The resulting blouse is a really festive blouse that I’m sure I’ll wear often.  I finished most seams as flat-felled seams which left such a lovely finish!  The inside is just as pretty as the outside… almost.

A note on the sleeve cuffs, though.  If you have thick upper arms as I do, be sure to test the cuff around your arms before finishing.

Once I deciphered the instructions, the project was a whole lot of fun!

 

 

Author

adriprints

Adriprints is an illustrator and designer by trade; a knitter, crocheter, and pseudo-seamstress by craft. You can find her work in typo-phile calendars, online knitting mags, and on random people's business cards, greeting cards, and websites. She currently lives in Munich.

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  1. Oh, what fun. I love all the ruffles, look forward to trying this pattern in the future.

  2. Cute! It’s so fun and colorful, just what we need to get through February.

  3. I love the colours, it’s such a happy blouse. The red really suits you. I’ll keep an eye out for your hints on making this pattern because it looks a fun one to try.

  4. I love all of the colors! It’s such a fun, vibrant piece!

  5. Ruffle idea is great – as are the toning buttons!

  6. Very Carmen, it will brighten up any day :)

  7. Oh what fun! There are so many great possibilities for this pattern. Love it!

  8. I really like the ruffle detail. Did you piece different colors together or was the fabric already like that? It looks so cute on you.

  9. so bright and cheery – adding the multicolours is a great detailing (and the tip about the cuffs is very handy – the bane of my life!)

  10. So sassy! I absolutely adore this!

  11. Cuteness. Makes me think of recess.

  12. So fun! I love the JJ, and plan on making more (though my first is sans ruffles).

  13. Lots of fun I’m guessing Carmen Miranda would wear this in a heart beat.