Falling Leaves Dress

Added Nov 22, 2013

by caireen

Heidelberg, Germany

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This is the second fabric I bought in Budapest. Usually I take much longer to get around to a project, but a fabric with autumn leaves on them naturally had to be used up before the end of autumn. I knew pretty much from the start that I wanted to use this pattern, but I’m also a complete idiot and forgot that as a patchwork fabric, it did not, in fact, have enough yardage for the very wide skirt pattern. The longer I’ve been sewing, the more I’ve been feeling that improvisational talent is the skill you need to develop most to succeed. I cut out the top as intended, but dug up a basic skirt pattern from my stash. Then, with a little help from my mom (patience and accuracy isn’t my strong suit), I made three box pleats in the front and two in the back to mimic my original plan.

As a sidenote, the sizing on this is whack! According to my measurements I’d have had to cut size 42, but since that just felt wrong (size 38, okay, makes sense, but 42? Come on!) I chose to make size 36. It fits perfectly – sometimes you just have to follow your instincts. After these initial difficulties, sewing up this dress was a breeze. I had to shorten the hemline by 4cm and cut off a couple of centimetres of the sleeves, but otherwise not even setting in the sleeves posed any problems. I’m very pleased with this dress. It’s my first dress with long sleeves for colder temperatures! Basically I want to wear it all the time.

For more pictures and other projects, go to my blog!

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    Nov 24, 2013, 05.10 AMby rita61

    Nice dress on you.

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      Nov 24, 2013, 08.30 AMby caireen

      Thank you!

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    Nov 23, 2013, 12.59 AMby barmaglot

    Love the fabric you chose! Cute and comfortable dress!

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      Nov 24, 2013, 08.30 AMby caireen

      Thank you! Technically, it wasn’t even me but a friend who discovered the fabric (he seems to have an eye for that).

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    Nov 22, 2013, 09.26 PMby liliv-1

    Beautiful dress, this fabric is perfect for the season! You look so sweet at these photos!!

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      Nov 24, 2013, 08.31 AMby caireen

      Thank you very much! :)

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    Nov 22, 2013, 08.26 PMby nookie

    There is a lot of ease in Burda patterns – often they have a finished size (how wide it will be once made up) so you can decide how much ease you really want and go for the size you want based on that. Lovely dress BTW, and good improvising.

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      Nov 24, 2013, 08.32 AMby caireen

      Yes, that’s true. It’s just that I got very hesitant about choosing my “normal” size ever since a dress turned out to be too small for me…

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    Nov 22, 2013, 08.04 PMby Inga 888

    Very nice version of the Burda pleated dress. It is on my to do list too :)

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      Nov 24, 2013, 08.33 AMby caireen

      Thank you! I can just recommend it, it’s a wonderful pattern (eh, well the top part is, at least, dunno about the skirt :D).

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    Nov 22, 2013, 07.53 PMby Mary Athey

    This is lovely on you and what great fabric you used. I agree about sizing. The amount of things i have had tontake in and in lol x

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      Nov 24, 2013, 12.08 PMby caireen

      Thank you! With this and the dress that ended up too small for me, I don’t even know anymore which size to choose.

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      Nov 24, 2013, 12.08 PMby caireen

      Thank you! With this and the dress that ended up too small for me, I don’t even know anymore which size to choose.

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    Nov 22, 2013, 07.24 PMby kihli

    A beautiful dress and the skirt is absolutely wide enough as it is! And yes, Burda sizing is sometimes strange…

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      Nov 24, 2013, 12.10 PMby caireen

      Thank you! I love the skirt, it’s full but not too full (which can be annoying if you want to wear something daily).

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