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Birdie Heidi with pink pockets!

Added Apr 18, 2011

by The Tropical...

Singapore, Singa...






I was looking for a dress to hide my post-baby jelly belly, and fell in love with the Heidi pattern on adressaday.com.

As with all Burdastyle patterns there were major fit issues, even for my size. I was diligent and made a newspaper version and a muslin, but still ended up having to fit the dress after I was done – a real pain since the lining went in so early.

I’m 158cm and 50kg.

- raised neckline 2 inches and narrowed it 2 inches (tried to hide it with contrast pink stitching – can you spot it?). Narrowed back correspondingly too.
- chopped sleeves off 1 inch, since my shoulders are broad and I look like a military tank in regular cap sleeves
- dropped waistline to exactly where my tummy is :) it makes the dress look less fitted of course, but I found it hides the bulge!

The dress came together fairly quickly for all that. I love the little curve where the pocket attaches to the dress.

Considering this is only my second dress and fourth wearable garment, I’m fairly pleased with the result. I’ve worn it to work a couple of times already!

Next time round I will also raise the armholes an inch.

Material Notes

I used quilting cotton (Erin McMorris’ Park Slope), lined with some silky synthetic stuff (don’t know the material – it was $1.50/metre). The pockets are pink corduroy – love love love, though they fray terribly!




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    Jun 9, 2011, 04.18 PMby emilief

    love the contrasting pockets! really nice dress!

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    Apr 18, 2011, 09.59 PMby lizah

    that fabric is the cutest I’ve seen in a very long time, and I love the pockets.

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    Apr 18, 2011, 11.45 AMby Priscilla Folley

    I love your dress, from the fabric choice to the shape on you to the bright pink pockets. Way to go!

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    Apr 18, 2011, 11.28 AMby sokkenmonster

    I love the birdie fabric, and the pink pockets are such a nice touch!

    I know there are burdastyle members who are small and thin who print out their patterns on a much smaller scale (example: http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/the-most-awesome-coat-i-ever-own), if you work out the proportions that work for you it might save you a lot of altering and fitting pains.

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      Apr 19, 2011, 12.27 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      Oh thank you! I must check that out. Then I’ll only have to alter the waist part :) yay!

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    Apr 18, 2011, 09.06 AMby u120418

    PS what size did you cut out?

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    Apr 18, 2011, 09.05 AMby u120418

    Would you have been able to change the shoulder seam rather than take the neckline up? That would fix the problem with the armholes too… That said, I love it! Wanna make me one?!

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      Apr 19, 2011, 12.28 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      that’s a good idea. Seems a bit daunting – I’ll make a muslin and try it out. I cut a size 36, which my actual measurements indicated. No such luck on the fit, though!

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    Apr 18, 2011, 06.58 AMby tilshmil

    It looks lovely on you. I don’t think anyone would know you had a baby even if you were wearing a bikini, you are tiny! But great job on the dress. I am close to your size and am learning that I need to alter everything before I sew it up, not just taking 3 inches from the hem. Thanks for posting all the mods you did, they will help me in my sewing I think. Also, my youngest daughter is named Birdie, so I had to check out your dress for such a cute name!

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      Apr 19, 2011, 12.30 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      What a cute name! We should meet up :) if I ever get to Hungary! It took me one disastrous lesson to learn that just shortening the hem isn’t enough!

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      Apr 19, 2011, 11.05 AMby tilshmil

      I would love to meet another BurdaStyle member and have a visit! That would be so great. However, our days in Hungary are numbered, 25 to be exact! We are moving home to Washington State back in the US. It’s been a great experiance for our family but we’re ready to be home again.
      So where do you get your amazing fabrics? I looked at your blog and saw all the wonderful things you make for your little girl. I have a couple of the books that you use too. You have a good eye for combining fabrics and I just love what you make!

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