Sunday, April 16, 2017

Burda Challenge 4/2017

Sigh. All good things must come to an end.

I made the Kwik Sew dress, the J.Crew knock-off, I just finished M7577 (review to come-it's hanging up in the pic above!) and figured this knit t-shirt dress from the April issue of Burda would be an easy and quick make.

Back in the summer of 2015 I made a fitted knit dress with ruching from Burda

There are things to love - the underarm gussets - but the ruching down CF and CB, I didn't love.

Why I thought I would get a 'love' from the 4/2017 dress is anyone's guess.

Pattern Description:
Gathers along with the side and back seams let this dress sewn in jersey sit beautifully on the hips. A cutout in back is a sexy peek-a-boo, though it is placed so that a bra can still be worn underneath.

Pattern Sizing:
36-44. I cut my normal Burda size. I use a 40 neckline and shoulder, 42 for the rest, and graded the back skirt to a 44.

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

Were the instructions easy to follow?
They were. It is easy to put together. I did end up serging my seams first and gathering them after. I brought the threads to one side and tied them off to secure.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the IDEA of it. The scoop neck is gorgeous and the cutout is cool. I dislike the ruching. I disliked the original length

Fabric Used:
Rayon/poly jersey from Fabric Mart

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1" bicep adjustment straight through the hem, which was just barely enough! Burda and their super skinny sleeves.

Added 1" to sleeve length and it was still hitting at an awkward place so I added sleeve bands.

Cut 4" from the bottom after it was assembled. I don't usually add hem allowance to the straight sized Burda and used a 1.25" hem.

Based on my fabric, I cut the neck binding about an inch shorter than they suggested.

That's my favorite part! The scoop neck is so perfect for me!

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
No. It's cute but not for me.

Meh. This one didn't even rate a full-on photo session.

I was on a roll and was excited about this one. It didn't turn out but could be cute for someone else.

It needs to be VERY fitted to get the ruching to sit properly...but then you have on a skintight jersey dress!

Because I can't get this Thakoon piece I scooped from FM off the brain, I'm going to knock out my project with it before moving on to anything else.

Plus faux leather! :-D


  1. I think it's better than you feel about it right now. It's hard to tell from the picture (I have the same problem with the long mirror in my closet and weak lighting) but I bet with confidence you could rock it. Maybe not to work, but out with friends - yes.

    1. By the time I post that something is a fail, it's pretty much done! Things that I'm in the fence over can grow on me. Things I'm like NOPE about, they're done.

      It's okay. I'm rarely ever too broken up about "fails". On to the next!

  2. Well it's different maybe a lounge dress if you don't want to wear it out
    I made a burda dress 6616 with the ruching up the middle
    I haven't worn it yet
    I can't decide if I like it or not plus I did not do a bicep adjustment so the arms are tight

    1. I would never lounge in it! Lol!!! It will have a new home!

      I think the hard part is that a snug fit is needed plus a jersey is needed so it isn't too bulky...and then things get interesting! Lol!

  3. Cut it off and make a top. You will get more use out of it and I understand why you were disappointed with it.

    1. It's a cute dress for someone else. I plan to give it to a friend.

      But I could see making it without the ruching!!

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    1. Thanks, me too!! I think it's going on another dress pattern!

  5. If it's not your style, it is not your style. Out...

  6. I like that you tried something based on aspects that you liked about another style. It is hard to tell from a line drawing if a garment will look great on you (at least for me it is). I am that same person who goes shopping, hates a garment's hanger appeal, but find out it is just the thing that looks cute on me!!

    Your upcoming fabrics look AWESOME!!!

  7. Speaking on that first dress, I can totally understand and relate when you are not truly "feeling" something you made! Even though I think the dress looks pretty good on you, if you're not comfortable, you'll probably never wear it again! I can't wait to see what you do with that beautiful fabric and faux leather, both are just gorgeous!


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