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Sunday, 7 December 2014

BurdaStyle 10/2014 - 101 Dress

Well it looks like the sequin cardi is a hit, must be that sparkly time of year!  In case I have inspired any similar makes, Nancy asked a good question in the comments about whether the sequins bother me at the neck.  To be honest I hadn't even thought about that, my sequins really are tiny so I think it will be OK when I wear it for more than 15 minutes!  I guess a solution would be to bind the edge with something or try the other pattern I featured and make the collar band in a plain fabric, could look fabulous, sort of like a tuxedo look!  Carolyn recently made the short version of 6844 with a contrast pleather band for example.

Back to todays post....

This dress is a bit of a departure to the shape I've worn lately, but I like trying new things and this pattern appealed to me - at least the line drawing did.


Burda showed two versions of this pattern, one in a lovely ombre matellasse fabric which let's face it is all about the fabric that I have zero chance of finding and one in fabrics that look like they were pulled out of the stash while blindfolded!  Still, at least we can see the pattern lines in the fashion photo.



The latter put me off doing full on colour blocking, but I still wanted to mark out the different sections somehow.  I decided to add rows of topstitching in matching thread.  After the first couple of panels I felt it was a bit too subtle and that I was wasting my time, not to mention thread, but the thought of unpicking anything was worse so I soldiered on.  I'm glad I did, once the pieces were put together they looked much better and I like the sort of sporty look it gives the dress.



I used a cranberry doubleknit fabric for this dress, you don't need such a stretchy fabric although Burda does say fabrics with some stretch are ideal, I think either works.  Since I added horizontal topstitching on the hip yoke I decided to keep the zipper to avoid popping any stitches.

It proved to be really difficult to photograph this dress, the colour reads as a bright red and it was hard to capture the details.



Doing all the top stitching was boring and quite time consuming, but other than that the dress went together pretty easily.  Those inset corners can be a bit tricky, but if you take your time, mark the fabric properly and use a friendly fabric they should be ok.  This pattern is the illustrated course for the month so the instructions are detailed, I always do my inset corners in two stages, stopping and starting at the corner rather than trying to pivot the fabric, Burda suggests the same method.


The end result is a really comfy and cosy dress in a cheery colour perfect for gloomy chilly days.

20 comments:

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

This is absolutely stunning and I love, love, love the top stitching you added!

Dawn said...

Wow, I really like this! Love the color and the topstitching.

Sewingelle said...

Fabulous interpretation of this dress. I like yours so much better than either of Burda's. Elegant and stylish!

Carmen Bouchard said...

Fantastic make!

velosewer said...

Cute and the twirl is super.
I agree. Your version is definitely cover mag worthy.

cidell said...

Oh, I love this! The color is awesome and I like that even thought the sections are in the same color the are distinct. Great winter dress. I also liked the cards from yesterday too. And, I never get excited about cardigans :-)

Adriennes Essentials said...

This is BEAUTIFUL!

Kathy {Kathy Sews} said...

Love the stitching so much. This is such a lovely cold weather dress!!

Amanda S. said...

LOVE this! So creative!

Kristy Chan said...

Great dress, brilliant idea to do the top stitching on a solid colour. I liked this pattern too but couldn't decide on fabrics to use for fear of looking as crazy as The a Burda version!

zapaLov said...

Super :)

Carrie Margulies said...

Great dress! Love the color and the topstitching! I've been eyeing this dress and same as everyone else, I didn't know what fabric to use. Great idea to use a double-knit!

T. Sedai said...

Love this! I really like the dress in the magazine, but now it is definitely on my must make list!

Audrey said...

I was attracted to this pattern, so I was excited to see your version. It looks wonderful on you and is the perfect color for the holidays!

Tia Dia said...

I love your new red dress! The subtle fabric differences are a really nice change from the usual colour blocking. Gorgeous!

Gail said...

I just noticed this pattern today on a Russian blog. Stunning - especially your red version.

Andrea said...

Oh wow. I love everything about this dress...the top stitching really brought it out although it subtle in a way.

Aracellis Lopez said...

I absolutely love this dress. The color and style is beautiful. You did a great job with the topstich. What a great idea. I will have to try to make one. I really like your blog.
😉 Aracellis (Sally)

PurlyGal said...

That's a lovely dress! It looks great on you! Do you have specific shops you like in Sham Shui Po? I am going to be in Hong Kong next month and want to check the shops there. I like knits.

Jean said...

It turned out lovely. I was just wondering if you used the same fabric for the entire dress flipping the fabric to the back for the insets or were they another fabric?
Jean C.
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