Tuesday, April 26, 2011

My Burdastyle dress...

As promised, here are some photos of the Burdastyle dress I made.  I used Burda 02/2011 #101 for the pattern.
This was my first time sewing a Burda pattern.  I did struggle a bit with the different style of instructions.  I've been getting Burda magazines for awhile (I don't have a subscription but I buy them from the newstand when I can find them) so I really want to learn how to make their patterns.  This was a good first try.  The dress was somewhat difficult to fit in the bodice.  I think this may be because I have fairly narrow shoulders.  Despite fitting it in the bust area, the shoulders and the back, there was still a bit of gaping in the bust area.  I decided one way to remedy this (without making a new dress) and to add an interesting feature would be to do piping in the same polka dot fabric as my apron.

The cord I used was the only thing we had around the house and that was a cord used to wrap presents.  I put the cord in the polka dot fabric and wrapped it up and sewed it up as piping to add to the neckline and armholes of the dress.  I really like how it turned out. 


Here's a close-up of the piping on the sleeve and neckline:

Here's some outside photos:
I know it's cheesy but I absolutely love the red telephone booths!


I ended up finding some perfect red polka dot ribbon at Edinburgh Fabrics that matches the piping perfectly:

I wore this dress out to celebrate David's birthday last Friday! We went to a wonderful restaurant, had a lovely dinner and champagne!

28 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous Debi, thanks for posting some detailed pics. I've yet to venture into the world of Burda...I think I'm missing out!

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  2. i think this bodice was trouble for EVERYONE. i have broad shoulders and it gaped on me, go figure.

    i just love this dress all over again, especially seeing how the lining peeks out.

    never cheesy: red telephone booths, and shots big ass glasses of bubbly.

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  3. Mmmmmeeeee-yow! So you can rock the bombshell look, too. :)

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  4. So pretty Debi. Perfect Little black dress :-)

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  5. Perfect! You did a great job on that dress!

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  6. Beautiful! It's fun making your own piping. I love the shape of the dress, looks wonderful on your frame. I also love the photos around the telephone booth, very cute touch.

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  7. I love how the polka dots show! I was tickled pink when I saw that on the apron post! Yay!

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  8. This is darling!! I love the polka dot piping. Adds such fun!

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  9. Love the polka dot bindings.

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  10. Gorgeous. Love the piping and the shape of the dress.

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  11. I love the piping (for which I've been developing quite the soft spot lately) and the matching facing. Wonderful small details that really make the dress. So cool. :)

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  12. I love this dress so much that I think I am going to have to break my rule of only getting thrifted patterns.You made it look really special.

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  13. Wonderful use of piping, Debi. Just lovely!

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  14. I LOVE it!! Thank you for motivating me!!

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  15. Gorgeous dress Debi and I love the polka dot piping and matching ribbon! I've just bought my first Burda pattern and am a bit terrified, thanks for motivating me. x
    PS. So funny that your husband and I are almost twins by one day!

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  16. Another beeuoooootiful dress. Are you going to wear that on your 14 May outing?!

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  17. I really love it, and the piping was a great touch!

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  18. SO cute! I just love that you added the polka dot piping and ribbon belt--it really adds some flair and character to a LBD! :) If it makes you feel any better, I have had issues with fitting BurdaStyle patterns on myself in the past too. I think it might be the fit model? Or maybe it's just me. ;) hehe!

    ♥ Casey

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  19. That's so cute on! I have this on a mental "to sew" list, but also have narrow shoulders :-(. The other thing you may have noticed is that Burda magazine patterns are usually lower cut than expected, which can also cause problems!

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  20. It's lovely. I want to make this burda dress too, it's such a classic style.

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  21. Great job! I think you look really at home in vintage styles. It doesn't look costumey at all - just like something you'd wear every day.

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  22. Very Cute! I liked this Burda dress when I saw it in the magazine! good job! x

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  23. Really lovely - dig the idea of the interesting inner/piping bit and it looks really sexy and elegant on you!

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  24. You are a wonderful inspiration! If you have time check out the dress I made for my 21 year old daughter for Easter http://rozyhomemaker.blogspot.com/2011/04/easter-dress-for-noble.html
    I've been sewing for about 40 years and this is the first time I've made something without a complete pattern. What an adventure! But like I said you are an inspiration. Keep up the great work!

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  25. Lovely! I adore the matching ribbon - the red just adds so much to the dress! And yay for champagne!

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  26. I was considering making this pattern and it looks so lovely now I will definitely try it.

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  27. ummmmm how much do I LOVE THIS DRESS ?! You did a wonderful job and it looks great on you. I love Burda style - but feel too frightened to make anything from it yet. Which is a shame as I absolutely LOVE a skirt from October 2011 ! :-))

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I read each and every comment--thank you so much!

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