I was drawn to this pattern because of all the interesting details: the unusual faux waistband (it's just a flap stitched onto the waist); welt pockets with flaps; inverted pleat in the back; waist pleats; a funnel neck; and the front zipper.
The inverted pleat sticks out a bit, probably because of the lighter weight shirting I used. Because of the pleat, the bottom half of the blouse is plenty roomy.
This is my 4th set of welt pockets. My first were pretty funny. The next two pairs were on the boys' trench coats and easily done because of Ottobre's nice pictorial instructions. Burda's welt pocket instructions leave much to be desired.
I finished this blouse, moderately pleased with the details, tried it on and immediately got that familiar suffocating feeling I always get from RTW blouses. (Does that sound melodramatic or what?) What did I do wrong? I thought I had my Burda alterations pretty well figured out. I dug out the pattern pieces and, sure enough, I'd forgotten to alter the sleeves. I altered the shoulders, and even the collar and facings, but not the sleeves. Those pesky shoulder knobs were pulling all the fabric out of whack. Yes, I plan to cut new sleeves with shoulder knob ease.
Plaid shirting: I looked through my pictorial fabric swatch file (on the computer) and can't find this fabric. This one slipped through the cracks and is probably from fabric.com or Mill End.
Pattern: Burda 5-2009-112