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Added Apr 13, 2014

by Brahdelt

Warsaw, Poland






This time I made a Spring-Summer dress 120 from the March Burda 2014. I didn’t like the original’s fabric and I wasn’t sure about the pleated sleeves.

My issues were resolved by the coice of fabrics – I used a pieces of cotton lawn for the top part and thick blue jersey for the skirt part. I only had a small piece of that cotton lawn, I barely managed to cut the fronts and back pieces, there was no way I squeezed out a pair of sleeves from it. Same goes for jersey – I bought 1 m on-line, it turned out much later that I was given 90 cm by mistake but it was way too late to complain to the seller, but it was just perfect for a skirt. I decided to leave the dress with short sleeves only, as per the pattern pieces, but I had to alter it later during sewing.

I really liked how it looked like, the short cap sleeves, unfortunately I couldn’t move my arms – the fabric almost tore and I think that’s some kind of a mistake in the construction of this dress (my sewing friend recently wrote about the problems with another dress from some 2014 Burda issue’s…), the dress fits perfectly in any other point but the sleeves.

If I could change one thing now I’d fix one error I made during sewing – I thought that the jersey skirt doesn’t really need a zipper since it’s so stretchy, so after I added the zipper into the cotton blouse part, I only left a 6 cm piece of it in the skirt part. Definitely not a good idea, my waist is relatively small compared to the rest of me and now putting the dress on and off is a really delicate operation because the circumference of the opening in the dress is almost the same as a circumference of my shoulders or bust line…

Apart from removing the sleeves my only alteration was cutting the pattern in different sizes – I started with size 40 at the shoulders and bust, went down to 38 in waist, went up to 40 in hips and 42 in the thighs, that’s how funny I’m built. ^^~~
The jersey part has been sewn using the yersey needle size 90, and I hemmed it with a good old zig zag stitch because the double needle refused to cooperate (btw, I managed to find the perfect length of the dress! *^o^

Material Notes

cotton lawn, cotton jersey




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Romantic, Vintage
Cotton, Knits/Jersey

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    Apr 27, 2014, 10.39 AMby kelerabeus

    It was the right choice to combine these two fabrics, looks way much better then the original one!

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      Apr 27, 2014, 11.40 AMby Brahdelt

      Thank you very much!

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    Apr 17, 2014, 01.27 AMby nrobson

    very stylee! x

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      Apr 17, 2014, 07.56 AMby Brahdelt

      Thank you! :-)

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    Apr 14, 2014, 01.57 PMby kisses

    Lovely Brahdelt….like the contrast of the fabric and it looks so flattering on you

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      Apr 14, 2014, 09.04 PMby Brahdelt

      Thank you very much! :-)

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    Apr 14, 2014, 01.52 AMby rita61

    Your dress looks nice on you. Great mix of colours, and I like the sleeveless.

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      Apr 14, 2014, 01.22 PMby Brahdelt

      Thank you very much! :-)

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    Apr 13, 2014, 08.08 PMby Oksana Starzhynska

    I like this dress very much and am planning to make it sleeveless as well. And I like how you use this modern tendecy to combine the self-colored and printed fabrics in a dress to make an illusion of the ensemble. Very beautiful.

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      Apr 14, 2014, 01.23 PMby Brahdelt

      Thank you so much! I want to make another version with flared short sleeves.

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    Apr 13, 2014, 03.38 PMby cchristie

    Good result. Love the cotton lawn fabric on top half. The sleeves in the pattern are very fussy, so looks great sleeveless.

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      Apr 14, 2014, 01.23 PMby Brahdelt

      Thank you very much! :-}

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    Apr 13, 2014, 02.19 PMby liliv-1

    It’s colorful and lovely and flatters your tiny waist-I like it a lot!

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      Apr 14, 2014, 01.24 PMby Brahdelt

      Thank you so much! :-)

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