Style 114 from the July 2016 issue of Burda Style Magazine features a wonderful blouse with an embellishment technique commonly referred to as the weaving of fabric strips. Burda Magazine refers to the front inset as a "plastron" which is a trimming, like a bib, for a woman's dress. In the late 18th century, a plastron typically featured lace or embroidery.
My version is made from red cotton oxford purchased at Vogue Fabrics in Evanston, Illinois.
The buttonholes are hidden to not detract from the plastron. The fabric strip weaving is not difficult to do but requires accuracy in sewing.
I added an elastic thread loop and button at the top of the buttonhole band to keep the top edge flat against the garment front neckline.
The blouse back is simple with a standard tailoring pleat at center back. Fit is loose and comfortable. Since the fit was loose, I made just one sleeve for the muslin. On a fitted garment, I would add both sleeves to check fit across the shoulders, chest, and back.
|No pattern changes, not even the addition of a bust dart!|
|Mark stitching lines so that decorative strips are uniform width. I mark the width of the finished fabric strip rather than the seam allowance. That way if the seam allowance is cut unevenly, the finished fabric strip will be accurate.|
|Stitching line are marked in blue.|
|Strip has been stitched and seam allowance pressed open. One seam allowance is ungraded (1/2" wide) while the other seam allowance is trimmed to 1/4". This makes the seam allowances less noticeable from the right side.|
|I prefer the look of the fabric strip on the left. It has no top-stitching. I decided to top-stitch the strips because I wanted the blouse to launder well and not require complicated pressing.|
|View of inside of the plastron|
|If you mark and stitch accurately, the right and left sides of the plastron will match nicely.|