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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

BurdaStyle 08/2012 - 102 Dress

I'm on a bit of a doubleknit kick at the moment since I managed to pick up some nice quality fabrics in black, grey and this burgundy colour which is very much on trend for this season apparently.

I decided to make this dress for the August 2012 issue of Burda magazine.


It is surprisingly easy to put together - what I thought were going to be tricky inset corners are actually separate yoke pieces sewn on and then caught in a dart.

Make sure you label the small yoke pieces carefully so you can identify which way up they go and can tell front from back, there are some subtle differences in the shapes.

I made a size 38, going out to a 40 at the hipline which is my usual sizing in Burda and I found very few adjustments were needed, yippee!  The only changes I made were:
  • Omitted the side zipper since the fabric stretches enough that I can easily get it on over my head
  • The bodice is supposed to be lined, but as I didn't have any stretch lining to hand and the doubleknit has a decent weight on it's own I left mine unlined.
  • Shortened the dress from mid calf to just above the knee, I just felt it was more flattering at that length on me.
  • I found the neckline to be just a tiny bit low for my personal preference so I took the shoulders up a bit and took a very narrow hem at the neckline.  It's not as crazy low as some Burda necklines can be, but next time I'd just raise the neckline a bit at the cutting out stage.  Also I always forget but I think I am a little short in the upper torso so others mind find the neckline fine as it is.





The sleeves are quite dramatic and may not be to everyone's taste, but I like how they balance out my hips.  It would be easy enough to switch them to a simpler sleeve though.

I really love how this dress turned out and it goes together in no time, I really recommend it if you have this issue, I may well make this again.





31 comments:

lin3arossa said...

Prettily shows your hourglass figure. Is the height of that waistline seam comfortable or is it too high?

Coco said...

Beautiful! What a striking color, really shows the lines of the pattern design well. And you look wonderful!

coffeeaddict said...

I'm so happy someone finally mentioned Burda's crazy low necklines. I thought I was the only one who found it unacceptable to have my bra showing completely ;-)

I love the alterations you've done to the dress and with this patter a doubleknit would be my first choice too.

You look fantastic!

Sonia Fonseca said...

Es un gran patron!!.
Te ha quedado genial el vestido
Estas muy guapa
Besitos

AnaJan Stepalica said...

Love it! I've been looking at this pattern for awhile, and I really like how your dress turned out. I also like the color.

Florencia said...

Gorgeous dress, love how the sleeves balance your hips. The length and the neckline are perfect.

Merche Martinez said...

Allison! We have now the same dress in the same colour! By the way I wore it last year for the Christmas dinner (here we do dinner and lunch) and it was a complete success!
My version is a bit longer but now that I see yours makes me want to make another one!

Vicki said...

Lovely dress. Very flattering.

Tia Dia said...

Gorgeous! I love that colour, and this dress fits you so well. I agree about Burda's necklines, but then I'm altering a lot of Vogue necklines, too, these days.

Clio said...

You should definitely make this again - it's uber flattering in every way! I love the dramatic sleeves.

Amanda S. said...

This gives you a very va va voom shape and the color is really beautiful. Perfect for a holiday party!

Beth (SunnyGal Studio) said...

this looks fantastic, I recall seeing that pattern and thinking it was very nice. love those sleeves.

cidell said...

I love those sleeves!

T. Sedai said...

It looks fabulous! I loved this pattern when the magazine came out and it is really nice to see it all sewn up. Your version is stunning - might have inspired me to move this up on my list of things to sew...

aaahhhyes said...

Gorgeous, I hope you make this in every colour, it suits you perfectly!

Kristy said...

Fantasticdress, those seam lines really add interest to the front and I agree that those sleeves are eye catching but not over the top at all

Gail said...

You seem to share my love of Ponte! Great cut and well done on raising the neckline - Burda is risqué.

Tany said...

Gorgeous dress!! Well done!

Levone said...

Lovely dress! I love that you used Ponte knit for this.

Jean said...

Such a flattering dress! I especially love those sleeves.

Audrey said...

So pretty and flattering on you. Another winner!

Allison said...

Wow. Way cuter than the pic in the Burdastyle magazine. I may need to make this one! Great job!!

Katharine said...

Va-va-va-voom, you look great!

Sue said...

This dress highlights your lovely figure. Thank you for showing it - I wouldn't have realised all the details like the sleeve details that were in this pattern.

Kelroc said...

Love the dress. It fits you well.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

This is so wonderful! I didn't look twice at this pattern (maybe the waist looked too high in the line drawing?) but now I must have it. The fit is spot on--quite elegant.

Nancy K said...

I somehow missed this post. I love the dress particularly the sleeves. They do balance hips, not that I think yours are all that big, quite well. I don't remember looking at this dress either but it looks like something that would work for me. This is when having a subscription pays off. I am going to dig this out and take a look.

turtleandi said...

This looks fabulous on you. Great fit and color. Well done!

Ladee Lyon said...

Oh my goodness! I love this dress! It's beautiful!

And wow, you are super talented! These clothes are amazing! Keep it up, you rock!!

senaSews said...

Another fantastic dress. Love the color!

Sassy T said...

Got this issue. Great dress.
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