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Monday, January 9, 2012

Burda Style 02/2008 - 103 Knit Dress

This is one of the fall knit dresses I was pondering making at the end of 2011 and after reading your comments I decided to take the plunge.  I made the long sleeved version as shown in Burda's photo below, mine is a slightly quieter print!


 The only change I made to the pattern was to extend the underlayer of the skirt front all the way to the side seam so it is now basically a mock wrap.  There didn't seem to be much of an overlap and my big fear wearing a wrap dress is that a gust of wind will reveal everything so this seemed like a good solution.  This made hemming a bit fiddly, I needed to finish the hems before I could stitch the right side seam completely closed.  I confess I only realised this after I had stitched the right side seam completely closed!



The fabric is an ITY knit from fabric.com, I think I would prefer this dress in a heavier knit so that the collar had a bit more structure (and maybe the front twist would have more of a corset effect), but overall I am happy with how this turned out and I'm sure it will get lots of wear this winter.

Close up of raglan sleeves and collar

Close up of front twist detail - bit lost in this print

I really really tried to do a different pose but they just looked silly so it's back to the old standby!

Next Vogue 8379, the classic wrap dress with some modifications due to severe fabric shortages!

(For those of you with good memories, I am still determined that the Burda 11/11-119 3.5 dot dress will not become a UFO, the sleeves are off which I hope will fix my fitting problems).

23 comments:

Lori said...

Very pretty dress, the style looks great on you.

cyberdaze said...

Ooh nice. You always seem to find the perfect fabric for a design! Also I'm glad you've not given up on the recent Burda dress because I've got my eye on that too.

gwensews said...

Beuatiful dress. I like the drape in the front. Very nice.

alethia said...

Lovely dress.

Irene said...

What a wonderful dress!

Linda said...

Wow super flattering!! I'll be making this one!!

Allison said...

Wow, that is a great dress. I may have to try myself!
Is this a pattern that's available in stores, or is it only in the magazine? I'm a little confused about how Burda patterns work.

Erica B. said...

Beautiful dress Allison!

Adél said...

I realy love this dress!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

This is very pretty on you. I really like the optical illusion print!

Amanda S. said...

It's lovely!

T. Sedai said...

Really pretty! Love the print.

velosewer said...

That's a great style. It looks great on you.

Cennetta said...

Great looking dress, Allison. You wear it well. Fabric.com has some lovely knit. This print is beautiful. I chuckled when I read the caption for the last picture because that is exactly how I feel about posing for the final garment shots. The standby does work. Great job!

themateriallady said...

That is a wonderful dress - how did I miss that one? I am going to have to spend an evening going through all my old Burdas!
Hope you wont mind if I make one of these now!
(The word verification I have is 'fatoness' which probably describes me post Christmas! Too funny)

MySummerTouch said...

Awesome dress! As usual! What is the fabric made of? Is it warm?

Linda said...

Lovely dress. Looks gray on you!

Vicki said...

Looks much better made up than the line drawings would suggest. Very attractive. Nice fabric too.

Tia Dia said...

It's beautiful! I love the twist detail on the front. And your choice of a more subdued print will get a significant amount of wear.

senaSews said...

Fabulous dress! Great job!

Victoria said...

Lovely dress Allison! You picked a very pretty fabric:)

The Slapdash Sewist said...

I should return to this pattern--the first time I made it the knit was way too floppy, but it was still a good dress for me. Just got a border print that might work. Very flattering on you!

theperfectnose said...

This is beautiful. I've been wanting to make this for a while now, but have been too apprehensive at how complicated it looks...

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