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Added Jun 12, 2011

by sewingfan1

Stourbridge, Uni...






Another go at making 2 different styles from the same pattern, with a bit of adapting going on.
Neither of these was 100% successful I don’t think. I LOVE the grey dress, especially the fabric (from Barry’s Fabric Superstore Birmingham) and the neckline is really flattering. It does look good on but when I take it off of an evening my poor arms are red raw in the crook of the elbow where it’s rubbed and it’s a struggle reaching round to zip it up without help (but that’s one of things we have partner’s for anyway isn’t it?) so I’ve done something wrong there but haven’t been able to bring myself to take it apart and re-work it as yet.

The green fabric looked great on the website but was a lot thinner and cheapo looking than I expected when it arrived. Figured I ought to make use of it though so used the same pattern, removing the sleeves and putting a V-back on it so I can use it for casual wear in the Summer.

Pattern = Burda Magazine August 2009 no.128. That edition had soooo many nice designs in it!

Material Notes

Grey one is some kind of wool blend I think. Not sure, it might be cotton.
Green one is a linen cotton blend I think.




Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Business, Casual, Classic, Vintage

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    Jun 13, 2011, 11.52 AMby jimsalmon

    Both dresses are amazing. The v back is a great choice. Flowers and tweed and checks, work beautifully together. Are the sleeves lined? Silk or rayon lining may fix the elbow issues.

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      Jun 13, 2011, 01.23 PMby sewingfan1

      Thanx for the compliments :-) Never thought of lining the sleeves, I may well try it!

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    Jun 12, 2011, 04.24 PMby ruthw

    They are both great. Well-made and unique. Why does the grey one rub? Is it the fabric or are the sleeves too tight? I am asking because I keep eying that pattern too (though I would have to make some adjustments to it too).

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      Jun 12, 2011, 04.34 PMby sewingfan1

      Thanks for the compliments.
      It’s a great pattern and nice and simple to make (I actually get compliments from strangers when I’m out and about in it!) but I’m not sure quite why it rubs so much.
      There’s no ‘give’ in the fabric at all and it is a bit scratchy so that’s probably a big part of it as I’ve not had that problem with other long sleeved items I’ve made. I’d have to make this pattern up again with long sleeves and different fabric just to be sure though. It pulls and is tight if I try to raise my arms (eg when reaching for the zip).

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    Jun 12, 2011, 02.53 PMby abicairns

    wow! finally found someone who uses burda patterns, AND buys their fabric from birmingham like me! :D i love the grey dress, the decoration looks really nice :) x

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      Jun 12, 2011, 04.27 PMby sewingfan1

      Thanx, i appreciate it! Brum is great for fabric shopping isn’t it? So much choice!

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    Jun 12, 2011, 10.34 AMby Debby H

    Both are lovely

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