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Burda 7808

Added Jan 7, 2013

by freyastark

Melbourne, Austr...






A dress with a front and back panels, gathered below the panel in front – below the bust and above the waist, and with optional back ties and front pockets, and two possible collars. I omitted the front pockets but added a pocket to the side seam; omitted the zipper because I found I did not need it; and omitted the back ties. Getting the front panel to sit properly and look good is tricky, and the most difficult thing about making this dress. Take care! The front gathers can make the dress look frumpy if the fabric is stiff and does not drape – choose a fabric that drapes. This dress is a good choice for a middle-aged woman whose figure has seen better days.

Material Notes

My fabric is a cotton sateen with a stylized flower print; purchased from Kim Anh Fabrics, Oakleigh.




Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual

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    May 2, 2013, 05.18 AMby jennyrecorder

    Yep, I am a middle-aged woman whose figure has seen better days, so eloquently put! Lovely fabric, need to have a look at the pattern :)

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    Jan 10, 2013, 03.45 AMby nouvellegamine

    I think it’s lovely, fun, and very fresh!

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    Jan 8, 2013, 11.14 PMby jacquipardue

    Your dress looks great! Beautiful print.

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    Jan 7, 2013, 12.02 PMby Mary Athey

    This is lovely.on you and tbe fabrics fab x

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    Jan 7, 2013, 04.46 AMby Kaye Leatherbarrow

    Looks nice and cool for this hot aussie weather we are having at the moment!

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      Jan 7, 2013, 07.08 AMby freyastark

      Yep! I’ve just returned from Sri Lanka where I wore it on hot days, and it was cool and comfortable.

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    Jan 7, 2013, 03.25 AMby freyastark

    Dear Burda, Next time you reprint this pattern, please extend the size range. It stops at size 20 but going up another size or two would be useful. Respectfully yours, (Dame) Freya Stark.

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