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My Simplicity and Burda dress

Added Aug 15, 2010

by smurfette2010

Vancouver, Canada






The bodice of the dress is from Simplicity’s Cynthia Rowley 2497 and the skirt is from Burda’s Marie pattern. Sorry, the dress is a bit wrinkly but I was too excited to iron/steam the dress before taking pictures of the final product.

I’ve been wanting to make this dress ever since I saw the pattern online. I’m not really into the neckline ruffles, but I liked one of the options for the plain neckline with the super cute puffy sleeves (I love puffy sleeves, have you noticed?).

I used a cheaper crepe material as I have never successfully sewn with a slinky material. I finally figured out that it had to do with the machine needle, which made a world of difference. Cutting is still a pain because the material frays so easily, so lots of zigzag stitching and pinking around the edges, and a lot of vacuuming around my sewing area.

I decided to use the Marie skirt pattern instead because I thought the skirt portion of the pattern was a bit plain and because the sleeves were pleated, I thought a pleated skirt would look more appropriate. I used the waist yoke from the Marie pattern as well rather than from the Simplicity pattern, with pretty good success. I had to use the front waist yoke for both the front and the facing, I cannot understand why the waist yoke facing is larger than the waist yoke for the skirt, it doesn’t make sense and makes for unnecessary easing, which I absolutely detest.

Speaking of easing, I had to do A LOT of easing for the collar portion to the bodice portion again. So much that I did it over three days, and stitch ripping at least twice, which totally sucks. The sleeves were very easy to put together with a lining. I also added a lining to the skirt because it was a bit see-through for me, but the bodice was fine.

Even though this dress took me a bit longer to finish than I would have liked, I still love it. The pattern is very versatile, you can change the feel of the dress simply by fabric choice and colour of the fabric. I can’t wait to wear it to a friend’s wedding party next weekend!

Material Notes

Crepe (polyester)




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear

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    Aug 16, 2010, 02.20 PMby skyturtle

    Lovely! Love the colors and the shape!

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    Aug 16, 2010, 08.48 AMby candicej

    So cute, and I LOVE the sleeves!

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    Aug 16, 2010, 05.51 AMby smallone

    Cute!…love the color combo, and the sleeves are really nice shape. I am half way through a dress using the Marie skirt as the bottom part so great to see how well yours turned out :)

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    Aug 16, 2010, 04.07 AMby tamie

    Cute dress :). I love the color combo. Great job!

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    Aug 16, 2010, 12.17 AMby nikkishell

    Love the colour combination and how you combined the two patterns.

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    Aug 15, 2010, 11.40 PMby smurfette2010

    Thanks, ladies! I’m too lazy to get my hubby to take pictures of me in my projects, but will try to do that one day :) .

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    Aug 15, 2010, 11.07 PMby sewenggirl88

    I also love the color combination. I would love to see a picture of you in it!

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    Aug 15, 2010, 10.24 PMby littlebutton

    Wow – I love the colours you’ve used. It looks fantastic and is a very flattering style. I also detest easing in sleeves but the result was totally worth it. :)

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