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Sheath dress #109, 09/2012, with dotted fabric

Added Oct 30, 2012

by senouna

Tokyo, Japan






This is a dress based on Sheath Dress 09/2012 #102, and I like both of this style and fabric so much!
(I can’t upload this project as “My project is based on an existing project or pattern on BurdaStyle”. So, let me describe the situation clearly!.)

This is the second dress I have sewn from this pattern, and I found size 38 was too roomy from the first one, which I sewn as a kind of muslin and used a little stretchy wool/cotton from my stash. I also wrongly widened the sleeves for the first version then. (I traced wrong line for the back shoulder line. Silly of me!)

So, for this 2nd version, I used size 36 and correct shoulder line, then found that this fabric is not stretch type and it was rather tight around waist.
So, at last, I used size 36 for the upper body, and size 38 below the breast.
Also, I think I added just 2-3cm to the dress and sleeve lengths, and moved up the shoulder point (around 5mm) for my square shoulders.

This pattern fits me well, and the silhouette of shoulder is so pretty. Since I have square shoulder, to make it pretty (=not manly!) is of very high priority for me.

However, if I pick up one issue here, it should be shoulder eases.
This pattern has no shoulder eases, i.e., lengths of sleeve seam and body seam are almost equal. Therefore, it is very easy to sew up shoulder lines. You don’t need to worry about shirring shoulder seams a little to ease the sleeve seam into the body’s one. However, it also means there are less room for shoulder to move around.
My shoulders and arms are not slim, so I will consider this point in the next project.
(This is not a pattern problem, but a fitting problem to my body.)

The fabric is polyester 100%, and this stripe-like pattern was structured by multi-colored dots as shown in the last picture. I purchased this one as the last 2-meters of a roll, so I was lucky that I can get enough fabric for this dress. And I am sad that I can’t get additional yardages!

Since I found this style is so good on me and easy to sew, I have already prepared another fabrics for the 3rd version. Next one will be a dress for a little colder weather ahead.

Material Notes

polyester 100%




Garment Type
Business, Casual, Classic

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    Sep 2, 2013, 11.59 AMby 1sewingprincess

    Nice dress. I am making this pattern right now. Usually I am a 38 too but I found the top part to run very big or at least not as fitted as I would like it to be. I will take it in at the sided…but next time I think I should use a 36.

  • Mee_large

    Nov 4, 2012, 06.11 PMby tejka


    only this pattern was a bit bigger. I use all the time size 38 and generally size fits me. Maybe the pattern is suppouse to be a bit bigger and not fitted as the others.

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    Nov 3, 2012, 02.10 PMby jasmari

    Lovely dress and very nice fabrics!

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    Oct 30, 2012, 04.06 PMby tejka

    Hi, great fabric and dress. I also tested this pattern, but I used some fat winter jersey. I also found size 38 big ( my regular size) but had no trouble with fitting it as the material was so simple. And also the back. DO u find it ok? I think there is no need for the back line to be shaped.

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      Nov 1, 2012, 11.08 PMby senouna

      Hy tejka, thank you for the comment.
      I think the shaped back line could be eliminated, though I think the line also gives us “a feeling of well-drafted dress”.
      Do you think Size 38 of this dress is bigger than other Burda pattern? Since this is my first usage of Burda dress pattern, I am wondering …..

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    Oct 30, 2012, 01.52 PMby BurdaStyle Support

    Hello senouna,

    I was able to link your project to the pattern. I ended up typing the date in first, for some reason that helped pull up the correct pattern.

    This is a beautiful variation. It was interesting and helpful to read about the details of your project.

    Thank you for sharing!


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      Nov 1, 2012, 10.58 PMby senouna

      Hi BBS, Thank you for linking my project to the pattern.
      I love your site!

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      Nov 2, 2012, 06.56 PMby BurdaStyle Support

      And we love having you on our site! Let me know if you run into anymore trouble.


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    Oct 30, 2012, 08.07 AMby byVA

    Great dress. I did too as my 3rd project and as you said, easy to sew and great result. Your fabric I like a lot.

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      Nov 1, 2012, 11.00 PMby senouna

      Thank you byVA, and I am really looking forward to seeing your dress on this site!

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    Oct 30, 2012, 07.49 AMby Mary Athey

    Fab dress and the fabrics lovely. its great on you x

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      Nov 1, 2012, 10.56 PMby senouna

      Thank you Mary Athey!
      I haven’t used pattern fabrics a lot, but this project changed my attitude toward patterns.

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    Oct 30, 2012, 07.03 AMby cathysews

    Hello, I really like this fabric. It’s a great dress. Great job.

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      Nov 1, 2012, 10.53 PMby senouna

      Thank you, cathysews!
      I am still a beginner, but trying to keep going!

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