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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Burda Challenge: 2/2017 #110



I'd planned on making the wide-legged pants from February but when I went to look through the mag again I was all OHEMGEE I forgot about this dress!


I was considering making the 6/2017 dress from denim but thought those side inserts on the skirt wouldn't work well with the weight of denim I had and then I thought A+B should = Awesome!

I've never made a dress from denim. I've always felt a little weird about a dress from denim. But so many awesome sewers make denim dresses that look awesome and well, I like awesome dresses so why not?! Whew!

I got this denim from SR Harris and there's a lot of it! I traced the pattern in a size 40 neckline/shoulders and 42 for the rest.

Pattern Description:

Burda's description is weird. It's a shift dress. Fitted through the bust. It's not as A-line as I thought it would be; it is straight from the waist down. And it is short!

Pattern Sizing:

Burda regular 34-42

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes! Although Meg from the Burda blog added grommets and so I wanted grommets! Or eyelets. Or whatever.

I went to JA and was uncertain of the choices. I almost went with the large ones, but I chose these because of the color. They are some new fangled kind that doesn't require interfacing or a second layer of fabric. But I knew I would be facing my dress because of that front V (which, I hate V's when they are cut on the fold. They always end up a little 'soft'). I decided to use the lighter weight fabric vs using the denim.


The second one on the left and the third one on the right are slightly out of line.


My facing doesn't sit perfectly flat at the bottom :/

I'd never done them before and I've been SO SCARED! But I did it! Hopefully everything won't have eyelets/grommets now. lol!


No smug satisfaction today! Just wonderment! :-D

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Burda? I didn't look at them. No real need for the version I made. Now, if you make this, PLEASE BEWARE. Those pattern pieces look *very* rectangular and you should mark either the seam attachment numbers that Burda includes or something.

And then I cut them out in order and pinned them right away so I wouldn't get confused.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

It's so cute! I love the tie front, the mini length, and of course, the pockets.


Fabric Used:

Denim and polka-dot shirting from stash scraps.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I used an exposed zipper. I know people don't like them. Good thing they don't have to wear this dress! Har, har...

I went with what I had in stash and its way longer than the pattern intends. On the tech drawing, the zipper ends right below that first horizontal seam.



I was going to scrap it and do an invisible; but IMO it turned out okay.


I didn't add hem allowances, as per usual with Burda. I used a 1 1/4" hem (5/8" double turned)



<3 I like neatness


I wasn't sure if I was going to like the finished dress and just went with packaged bias tape instead of making some from the polka-dot as I planned.

I could have used an FBA (I swear my b00bs are getting bigger. I haven't gained weight but I've gone from a 34E to 34F. BOOOOO!)


And I always do a 40 armhole but this one isn't fitting so well. I'm not sure if the armhole is too small or if it's the small bust that's making it wrinkle up. (see the 1st photo I posted)

This whole weekend was very overcast and the house was too dark for photos. 


Selfie Stick + Photobomb by Wilson the Cat

 So I went outside! This park is down the street from my house. I figured there would be something I could set my mini tripod up on. 

I don't want to learn photography...blergh...but I know the issue with using the phone is that, when lighting is sub-optimal, you can't focus. Most of the photos were so dark because the camera was focused on the sky.


You can see the bust pulling here, and the shorty-short length!

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I do like it more than I expected. It's the kind of simple, easy-to-wear thing that's perfect for summer. I probably won't sew it again but I do recommend it if it caught your eye.


The sky was just beautiful <3

52 comments:

  1. I love this on you including the length! You have great legs!

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    1. Thank you and THANK YOU! I get 'em from my Mama! :-D

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  2. Cute! You look like you are having fun wearing it, too!

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  3. This is super cute on you! Burdastyle should hire you to do photo shoots for the magazine. Their layout didn't tempt me, but now I want to make this dress!

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    1. Aww, thanks Nancy!

      I often feel like that after seeing a review. The pattern companies need to step their game up a bit!

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  4. Great dress, I love that you added the grommets!

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  5. I am a fan too! Looks wonderful!

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  6. You look so cute! It's a great dress on you and not at all too short. Love it.. and your hair looks great!

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  7. Now this is really a nice dress. Great review. I love grommets too.

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  8. Very cute - loving that fabric. I think you can wear that length. You are young and have cute legs.
    I would make it a couple inches longer for me. At my age people would laugh - if I wore my dress that short.

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    1. Thank you! Oh, I love the length!! I don't mind short; as long as it isn't short+fitted. This loose silhouette works.

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  9. What a sweet dress! I completely overlooked this one in February's issue... hmm...

    On the subject of grommets: YES! My partner's grandmother recently gave me a lot of her old sewing notions, and in the bag was a grommet setter and a box containing a whole range of different sized eyelets/grommets (seriously, what's the difference?) and I've been in love with putting them on everything. Up to 3 garments so far: A mini dress, a romper, and the midriff front of 50s style dress.

    Put them on everything, I say.

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    1. YES!!!! Haha! That's going to be me. Grommets! More grommets!! MOARRRRRR grommets!!! LOL!

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  10. Love this. Maybe one day I'll graduate to grommets.

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  11. This so beyond cute! Love those grommets.

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  12. So cute! Great combo of fabric, pattern, and notions. I love the color of the eylets, and the cording you chose. What a fun summer dress!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! At first I was worried that it was all mismatched, but it works.

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  13. You are talented. It worked out great.

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  14. super cute! can't believe you've never made a denim dress before, the perfect combo of denim + dress = wardrobe happiness :)

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    1. Thanks Beth! I look forward to it softening a bit with wear/washing, but I like it! I feel "cool" in it! Haha!

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  15. Love it and it looks great on you! The inside looks just as great as the outside. Better than rtw!

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  16. So cute! I feel like you said you were in Minneapolis/Edina before (I might be wrong on that? I'm an Edina girl myself) and this just looks perfect for a walk around Lake Calhoun... :)

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    1. Thank you! I am! Though I moved 3 miles away to St Louis Park last year :-p

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  17. That dress is awesome!! I have that pattern traced, fabric picked out (chambray) and grommets purchased. Just have to chose the tie to use.... I was thinking a very small diameter leather cord but I like yours with the white lace so maybe I'll go with that.
    I was going to join the pattern pieces to avoid those horizontal seams, do you think that would work?

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    1. Hi Cathy!

      You could. There's no shaping in those horizontal seams. I almost purchased the leather cording too!

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  18. Your legs!! And, the lighting and weather are 👌

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  19. So nice!!!!! You are too hard on yourself, I think your work looks great! I met Meg at the sewing expo and she said she wanted to put grommets on everything too, lol!

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    1. Thanks Vanessa!

      Haha! ALL THE GROMMETS!!!! :)

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  20. It's a cute dress - love the eyelets/grommets you added.

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  21. This is sooo cute! Great summer dress!

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    1. Thanks! And now we're back into the upper 60s. Sigh. Tundra life.

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  22. Those clouds are pretty cool! The eyelets add so much to this dress! Good call making the zipper longer. There's nothing that kills a dress faster than having to do weird yoga to get in and out of it!

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth! I've totally made the mistake of using a too-short zipper. Oy!

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  23. It's really nice! Now I might give the pattern a go as well, after seeing your version of it :D

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  24. It's lovely! And don't worry about ur facing-we always see the mistakes but no one else does. Plus do t forget-for a picture ur standing still. But we're always moving so none of that will show.

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    1. Omg-I'm going to throttle my son when he gets home. I just saw that picture he posted. We were goofing off and he took it. His days on this earth are numbered...

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