Penguins Forever

#burdachallenge2018 catch-up! These penguins are coming to you from early March.


The fabric is a polyester (alas, but what can you do) crepe (yay) from There’s also a gray version of this print available, but the blue makes the majestic penguins more visible. All in all, the fabric was pretty easy to work with and is on the nicer end of polyesters, so there’s that.ย 6840

The pattern is Burda (runs to get the envelope) 6840. I have complicated feelings about it. I both love the pleats at the front yoke and worry that they’ve time-traveled from the 1980s straight into my wardrobe. And I’m too old to wear this ironically: I remember the 1980s!…

Not much to say about the construction other than that I reversed the pleat (is the one I did the inverted pleat or the one the pattern calls for???) and simplified the button band — I didn’t want a hidden one, so I simplified it. I think the covered buttons look better than a seemingly buttonless band would.

Is it just me or do Burda shirts seem incredibly long in the body? I’m not really petite, just definitely not tall, and I always end up shortening the hem from the suggested length by at least an inch.

Do I recommend the pattern? Oh yes: easy to fit, pretty fun to sew (if you’re not leaning on the instructions too hard because, you know, it’s still Burda even if it comes in an envelope).

Do I have lingering worries about the ’80s vibes? Oh yeah.

Till next time.


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6 thoughts on “Penguins Forever”

  1. I’m pretty sure I wore something similiar in the 80’s, with my mom jeans ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I would wear your blouse in a heart beat, though. It’s lovely.

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    1. Mom jeans are making a comeback, so just wait — I might try that pairing ๐Ÿ˜ I like this shirt pattern a lot, so I might make it again. And I definitely recommend it.


  2. That is so fun – I was born in 1984 so I don’t really remember it, and up until now I never had warm feelings when it comes to ’80s fashion. But lately it started growing on me! ๐Ÿ˜€
    But I don’t think you should worry about your shirt – it really doesn’t scream 1980s to me. I think it’s lovely, and small rounded collar paired with novelty print makes it very modern day looking.


  3. Beautiful blouse!

    Starting with the 80’s I can’t look at a style and tell what decade it’s from. It all sort of blends together and none of it makes any sense to me. Wear what looks good; don’t worry about what decade it belongs in.

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