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Summer Sewing Challenge - Peacock silk

Added Aug 5, 2012

by heatherlou

Montreal, Canada






The sewing challenge on Burda came at the perfect time. I had exactly 2 yards of this BEAUTIFUL silk peacock print and wanted to make a dress that would really challenge my skills while I discovered how to work with silk. I envisioned a simple silhouette with some dramatic details to highlight the beautiful (almost neon!) pattern. After hunting around for a good pattern fit, i decided to mix a few favourite Burda designs. I love the soft draping around the neck of the Gathered Blouse, and the sweet gathered back panels of the Peplum Blouse.

I made a Frankenstein.

I cut the opening of the gathered blouse to the small of my back to up the sexy factor, and added darts so it was more form fitting. I made a skirt from the Peplum blouse pattern by eliminating the buttons in the front and lengthening it a a few inches. I made a muslin and worked hard to create a perfect fit. This was also the first time I sewed with bias tape. I love the graphic way it pops against the print. I think it keeps it from being too “sweet”.

I am over the moon happy with the results (there could not be a more breezy summer dress) and think it’s a great example of what you can do when you decide to mashup and reinterpret Burda patterns to create the exact image you had in your head.

Material Notes

silk crepe




Garment Type
Bohemian, Other, Romantic

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    Aug 10, 2013, 06.57 PMby Debbo

    Love the open back!

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    Aug 7, 2012, 10.01 PMby lirimuni

    Me encantó!, simple y encantador… Love it!, simple and charming!

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    Aug 6, 2012, 01.21 AMby wildcatspow

    Love it! The peacocky print is fabulous!

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    Aug 5, 2012, 11.29 AMby SassyT


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    Aug 5, 2012, 10.40 AMby Mary Athey

    Gorgeous dress xx

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