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Plaid sun dress

Added Jul 19, 2011

by SewingBeauti...

London, United K...






Mmm so I made this version of the Burda day dress with a slit down the front from the last magazine. I made it in a cheap plaid cotton which I got for £3.50 and just thought it would be perfect to see whether I liked this style or not. Admittedly its probably not as floaty as it should be and the softer fabric used by Burda is much better for this dress. I am glad I didnt spend money on the fabric because whilst I like it in some respects I dont think its me at all. It seems too short and a little unflattering, especially from the back! What do you think? One good thing is I practised basic cutting of plaid and matching lines which worked well and with a very small amount of fabric!

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Garment Type
Beach, Casual

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    Aug 2, 2011, 12.09 AMby amberelayne

    I love this pattern and it’s great to see it made up and “real” on someone with a body like my own… :) I think it’s cute and looks fine from the back. I’m sure you’ve had more flattering clothes but are they fun summer playsuit dresses or more tailored items? I think that if you were to lengthen it, it would change the silhouette into one you’re happy with. I personally, hate my back and side views regardless of what I am wearing!

    I really like the idea of the plaid and think this is ok. As a fellow sewer, we’ve all had a few (many…. in my case) wadders and this is nowhere near that category! I’m going to get this pattern but will a) thin the shoulders slightly to include a bit more arm, b) add some length so I can sit down, especially on a picnic blanket c) pull the slit in by shortening the bottom a little bit. It looks great on the model but with my womanly figure, I think it’ll slim me a bit.

    Now to play the devil’s advocate, I think the cotton is fine because after a wash or 2, it’ll soften and drape better and breath better than a knit :) Cotton also hides bumps better than knits…

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      Aug 5, 2011, 03.49 PMby SewingBeautifully

      Thanks for your comments. I love the fact that this dress has provoked some discussion! I agree its not the worst thing I could have made and I also dont always like the back of things on me! I equally have made many mistakes on things and having taken a break from sewing for a little while feel like I am learning some things all over again.

      I think you are right about the alterations and hope that yours works out and looks lovely from all angles :) I will look out for it.

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    Jul 23, 2011, 02.27 AMby nehozack

    Ok, here’s my take - 1) The shoulder are too broad, I noticed this in the pattern picture taken on the dress form. For those of us with broad strong shoulders, it gives a bit of a linebacker appearance.

    2) the legnth is to short for the type of material (and if you are over the age of 30) – leggings and/or tights will make this dress good for bending over, but for future dresses, I would add a bit more legnth, and if using a non-flowy fabric, a bit more gathering.

    3) I hate to disagree with Nerja2007, but I you can play with fabric, being comfortable and good with it just takes experience and maybe a few messy projects along the way. I think that this dress could be good in a cotton with a few alterations – cut in the shoulders a bit, lengthen and widen the skirt a little and I think you would be good to go. That being said, yes, patterns are made for specific fabrics, and its better to use the recommended the first go around.

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    Jul 21, 2011, 03.16 PMby Sewing And Style

    I think this dress should be a few inches longer, definitely from jersey or another similar soft fabric. It is wrong to take a different type of fabric to see how the style works- you won’t get any good result. My advice- use this fabric to make a cute pleaded skirt and try this dress in a jersey fabric, make the slit a tad shorter and longer length. Wear with heels. Obi-style belt could work well too I was thinking about making one of them for the summer myself. But I just made a similar type from a lycra, that looks good, so don’t want to repeat myself here

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      Jul 22, 2011, 02.53 PMby SewingBeautifully

      Thanks for the advice. I actually wanted it in a cotton which is why I was trying it in this fabric. I just think afterwards that it didnt really look as good as I had imagined which is a shame but not the end of the world – everything is a learning curve. I like the top bit of it just not the bottom and I agree it needs lengthening. I may try making it again in jersey but not sure that its me anyway :)

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    Jul 20, 2011, 05.40 AMby kangell50

    I liked this pattern too. I agree with MJ that a higher waist line and leggings would make your’s look better. I’ll have to rethink the cotton I had planned to use for it, and maybe add a back yoke and a sq. pleat to the back to add interest.

    Thanks for posting.

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    Jul 20, 2011, 02.06 AMby mojo elgin

    I think it’s super-cute! Maybe moving the belt up a bit would give you the silhouette you’re looking for? If the shortness bothers you, try wearing it as a tunic with leggings…

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      Jul 23, 2011, 02.27 AMby nehozack

      Great idea, except it has an built -in low elastic waist, which means it would be even shorter if she pulled it up!

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