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Vintage Paola Plus

Added Aug 17, 2011

by kanamithedre...

Murfreesboro, Te...




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I wanted a quick, casual dress to take with me on a trip to Canada, so I decided to try my first Burda pattern. I’ll never do that again. The list goes on and on as to why I won’t, but that’s not the point here. The dress is made of a medium weight cotton with a vintage lace look. This was my first time doing a proper collar in almost a year, so I was happy with how it turned out. I am on quite a time crunch, so I finished this dress in approx. two days.

Material Notes

10 buttons, cotton




Garment Type
Business, Vintage

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    Mar 14, 2012, 05.50 AMby rochelle49

    The dress is lovely! I hope after your frustration you can wear it! Technical problems can make any sewing adventure disappointing. You appear to have overcome your problems!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 12.59 AMby karne144

    I have this patterns saved, as one I want to make. Yours turned out lovely. But now I’m a bit reluctant after reading what you said about the pattern. :( Was there more problems than the printer? Altho I know sometimes I’d like to boot my own printer across the room, but then I also could not get along without it!

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      Dec 23, 2011, 11.46 PMby kanamithedreamer

      The only problem I can remember now (months later) is that darn printer. I did not like the way the closers were designed, but it’s simple enough to put together and alter things if you know construction. I also wasn’t overly fond of the instructions. But if you like it, I would say “Go for it”. I think I cut my size one too big, so it turned out a little boxy, but a waist-cinching belt really did the trick :)

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    Aug 17, 2011, 03.12 PMby kanamithedreamer

    Thanks for the comments! Half of the reason I wouldn’t use a burda pattern again has to do with my printer. I could write a chapter about how terribly my printer messed up the print-at-home option, as well as how it messes up most things. So I had to spend an extra $25 to get it printed at the copy shop, and I really didn’t want to spend too much money. Also, I had to finish this in a couple of days, and the fabric measurement on the page was a yard off, and I didn’t figure it out until 10:00 at night, and the fabric store didn’t open until noon the next day. There was just more frustration than there really should have been. I could have found a similar dress at a $1 pattern sale and saved myself a lot of headache.

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      Aug 24, 2011, 09.24 PMby flowergirl22

      oh that ssound so sad,, my printing company charged me pennies, printing out the patterns,, its so not nice,, to have to spend so much money,,

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    Aug 17, 2011, 12.16 PMby Douli Bee

    The dress is lovely! Excellent job! I’m curious about the burda pattern thing too!!!

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    Aug 17, 2011, 05.41 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    what a lovely result……… i would be so curious to hear, why you would not do a burda pattern again???and i would love to see a few more pics, if possible, as the dress is so pretty!

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