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02/2011 Burda Dress

Added Aug 9, 2012

by BuckinghamRoad

New South Wales,...






This was a very interesting sewing experience for me. Firstly, the pattern only includes the pieces for the bodice, which allows the sewer to make the skirt how they wish. I liked this idea, but felt a bit uneasy about doing anything too tricky due to my pear shaped body and lack of pattern-drafting skills. I decided as the fabric was light I would make a simple gathered skirt.

The most interesting thing for me however, was that I actually got the dress finished! No, not because I might have procrastinated slightly, but because almost to the very last stitch I just did not like it. If this had been a project I was making on my own, there is a very good chance it would never have been completed. But being part of a sew-along really made me stick with it. About 1 hour into the sewing I decided I hated the fabric pattern. About 1 hour and 30 minutes into the sewing I decided I hated the pattern. What I had in front of me looked like a pinky-red, funny shaped pile of yuck.

But I persevered and when I put it on I thought “that actually doesn’t look too bad”. Granted it is not a dress I would wear out to dinner, but in the warmer weather later this year it might get a few trips to the beach or park. I am yet to decide if I want to make a belt for this dress, if I do decide to I will post a tutorial.


Did not use a lot of paper to print on the home printer.
The bodice was very easy to construct.
I like that the skirt is not included.
The bodice is simple and I didn’t need instructions.

The neckline is low – so would not suit everyone.
I changed my zipper to a centre back one.

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Material Notes

fabric, zipper.




Garment Type


Buckingham Road

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    Aug 11, 2012, 08.17 PMby cosmoblue

    This looks lovely on you. The fit looks fantastic.

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      Aug 12, 2012, 05.46 AMby BuckinghamRoad

      Thanks! It fits great but very snug :-)

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    Aug 9, 2012, 10.57 PMby Mary Athey

    I think its got a vintage feel to it and its fab on you. i love the bodice and the fit xx

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    Aug 9, 2012, 09.06 PMby SassyT

    I love the bodice on that dress.

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      Aug 10, 2012, 12.41 AMby BuckinghamRoad

      I agree! I think this pattern is a perfect basic that could be altered to create many different styles.

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    Aug 9, 2012, 07.52 PMby BeYou TiFul

    The dress is beautiful and it fits you perfectly. I think you did a great job, I wouldn’t choose that fabric myself but still it looks beautiful, I guess it’s a happy ending anyhow ;-)!

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