Burda 2.2007 Model 102

Added Aug 30, 2007

by elainemay

Aachen, Germany

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##When I decided to learn to sew “for real,” this was the first project I picked to make. It’s dress #102 from the February 2007 issue of Burda minus the pleats in the skirt and the belt. The most important lesson that I learned from making this is that if I don’t attend a lot of events for which an elegant white sundress is appropriate, it doesn’t really make much sense to sew one :) This dress has hung in my closet unworn for the 5 months since i made it! Because the smallest size for this dress was 34 and I needed it in a 32, I learned how to size the pattern down and it was surprisingly easy- see my how-to on making a pattern larger or smaller to learn how to do it too.

Material Notes

ivory crinkled batiste, ivory light taffeta lining

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Novice

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Burda

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    Mar 20, 2010, 05.23 PMby tallykay

    very very cute!

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    Jan 26, 2009, 03.53 PMby justmica

    Lovely…!!

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    Jan 2, 2008, 06.37 AMby hcbouma

    I made the same dress in blue. It’s as pretty as yours but I didn’t wear it once! It was a lousy summer in Europe and I feel a bit overdressed (nice word, in this case) in it. I look as if I walked out of a Dior add in the fifties.

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    Sep 3, 2007, 08.52 AMby elainemay

    Hi Jj- I posted it over the weekend— if you click on “How-To’s” at the top of the page, it should be there. Enjoy!

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    Sep 2, 2007, 09.30 PMby jj1

    Big thanks for tips on vintage pattern. I have never worked on vintage patterns before… As for the how-to altering pattern, please post it since you have already made it. I would love to see it and I’am sure that it will be very useful for many sewers.

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    Sep 2, 2007, 05.35 AMby elainemay

    Thanks for the compliments :) I guess the freezing Aachen summer also hasn’t been conducive to wearing this dress! LILO: I made a how-to on altering pattern sizes, but it sounds to me like you don’t need it :) JJ: Unfortunately I also don’t know how to resize a pattern if it’s not multisized. As for vintage patterns- be sure to go by the measurements on the envelope and not the numerical size. I wear a size 0 or 00 in commercial clothing, but in vintage patterns from the 50’s, I wear a size 12. In patterns from the early 60’s, I wear a size 10. Depending on what year your pattern is from, size 16 might actually be quite close to a modern 8-10. Good luck, and if you figure out how to resize a single-size pattern, let us know how to do it!

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    Aug 31, 2007, 02.03 PMby mirela

    Very beautiful, simple and elegant at the same time. You do not need an event for this dress, every day should be a good enough reason to wear it! I love it!

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    Aug 31, 2007, 08.50 AMby nikkishell

    This is fabulous! Very pretty.

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    Aug 31, 2007, 07.20 AMby jj1

    I love it! I like the design around the bust area alot. I don’t have this issue as well. I will try to buy in Ebay. I’m between size 34-36 so it is easy for me to cut in the middle of the line but I hate 5/8" seam allowance so I measure and cut to get 1/2 s.a.

    I have a size 16 shirtdress (vintage) pattern that I like to resize it down to 8-10 but I have no clue how to do it yet. I got the Thread magazine that show how it works, may be I will take a look.

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    Aug 31, 2007, 03.03 AMby lilo

    This looks gorgious! Exquisite simplicity, classy ‘n feminine. Looks great on you, the colour of the dress looks great on your skin. I actually bought 2 nice fabrics to make this dress from, I also like it a lot, but I didn’t get there yet.

    I will also have to up-size it for myself (46/48), as with many other patterns that i like; it’s not that difficult as you say, I’m looking forward to see your ‘how-to’ (i’m too busy/lazy to make one myself). In principle I draw a line through the corners of the multi-size pattern and go one ‘step’(=size) further (to get the corners right); then I make a line around size 44 (when 44 is the largest size) symmetric to size 42 (if I want to enlarge to size 46). (Is this understandable?) When enlarging to size 48 though (I can vary a lot, 44-48) I can run into trouble with the pattern getting too big in the length, so I add little in length and more on the sides.

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    Aug 30, 2007, 06.56 PMby emilykate

    NICE! I love the neckline. I’d make it but I didn’t buy that issue, doh!

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