Well, this outfit has been one of my biggest challenges so far, and I am happy to have completed the look. Here is a reminder of what inspired me to create this ensemble. I've already blogged about the construction details of the vest here. Although I am showing the vest with a sleeveless blouse, I am thrilled to be able to pair it with long sleeve tops too. I will share with you my thoughts on the Burda 7746 pants and Burda 8218 blouse. I have made significant design changes to the blouse. Here is the completed ensemble:
Burda 7746 is rated easy, and if you have experience with pants, I would agree. The fabric is mid-weight rayon, with a flowing drape, that is at least 10 years old. I did make one design change. The pattern uses a rectangle for the waistband, and I wanted mine to curve around my waist, so I used the waistband from Vogue 1204, which is one piece and curved. I also added one inch total to the waist at the side seams, tapering back into the original side seam about 5 inches down, and took up a 3/8" seam from the waist through the hips to give me a little extra room. This caused a tiny bit of wrinkling around the center back seam, but I can still take that area in just a smidge if I want to. However, my inclination is to leave it alone since I will only be wearing untucked blouses or knit tops with these. I originally hemmed these at a 7/8 length with a cuff, but agreed with so many fashion experts out there regarding this particular length, that it is unflattering. It shortens the look of your leg. I am much happier with keeping my legs looking long. These pants are going to be a versatile addition to my wardrobe for sure! Here are some close-ups.
Burda 8218 is also rated easy. I'm not sure I would call this easy with trying to fit the under-collar to the front and back, but the drafting was good, because it did come together nicely. You must also hand-stitch the facing of the collar to the neck back and shoulder seam allowances. I liked the idea of having a shawl collar with my vest and this is why I chose this pattern. The blouse is semi-fitted. I am okay with this, because I intend to wear it with the vest. However, if I wear it separately the looser fit also keeps it cool. My fabric is pima-cotton broadcloth, which I found out tends to wrinkle quite a bit, but feels cool next to the skin.
The design of the blouse has been altered in that I cut in the sleeves like the vest. To do this I laid the vest pattern piece over the blouse pattern piece and cut the armholes following the vest lines. I did the same thing with the bottom points on the front of the blouse. The armholes are finished with self-fabric bias strips. Here are some pictures of the blouse: