A few weeks ago I was wandering through my local (covered) market and out of the corner of my eye I spied, on the newsagents stall, a copy of Burda Style 6/2013. I flicked through it, and decided there were a few cute things in it. So, having never bought a copy of a Burda Style publication, I decided to give it a go.
Burda dress 128 was the dress that caught my eye the most. It seemed perfect for my forthcoming holiday. Something light, easy to wear and comfortable. It’s actually made of two dresses, each gathered at the waist, which according to the magazine, could also be worn separately (note: the “overdress” is cut VERY low and I personally don’t think I would wear either dress separately for modesty reasons).
As mentioned above, I have never bought a Burda Style publication before. Having made this dress I now don’t know if I ever will again.
For those who have never bought this publication either, here is a scan of a SMALL proportion of the rather large pattern sheet which is included with this publication (excuse not very good scan – I think you get the message though).
Can you imagine being confronted with a scan like that, multiplied by like 10 and printed on both sides?! Plus, remember, this is Burda….you also have to add on your seam allowances?!
Anyway, thankfully this is a super easy dress pattern. There were only two pattern pieces that I had to trace. One piece for the under dress (I made mine in coral), and one for the over dress (floral print). I pretty much disregarded the instructions for assembly. They instruct you to cut bias strips for facings, but somehow I didn’t quite understand their instructions so just did it as I have done before. They also tell you to zig zig over elastic (and draw the elastic up) to create the waist. The elastic I had was too wide for my zig zag so I ended up sewing in a casing made from cotton bias binding. This has added a little bulk at the waist, but overall it is fine. Finally, they tell you to zig zag the hem, and trim of the excess?! I did a rolled hem on my serger. My first time and I love it.
I have only ever tried a Burda pattern once before. What about the fit of this dress? It is supposed to be a loose fitting garment. Blousy on top and a flared skirt. I think if you have a smaller chest than me (let’s face it – most people do), then you might want to cut the necklines higher. But I like how the under dress is drafted so you are not showing anything at the underarm etc, and then the over dress is cut lower so you can see the under dress.
BTW in my version you can see the under dress peeking out at the bottom. I quite like the effect so I went with it.
In conclusion, I am glad I tried it, but I am too impatient to be on with figuring out which lines to trace, tracing and adding on seam allowances. I do like my dress, and I can see me wearing it a lot over the summer. But, Burda Style, I like looking at your pretty pictures but not your confusing lines!
Two dresses, each gathered at the waist, which according to the magazine, can also be worn separately.
34 – 42
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, I think so.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I found them confusing. I just did my own thing. Attached the facings in my usual manner to the neckline and armholes, made a casing for the elastic rather than zig-zagging over elastic and drawing it up (my elastic was just too wide!) and did rolled hems (rather than zig zag and trim).
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
My first experience of using a Burda Style magazine. Probably going to be my last. I found tracing the pattern too confusing and I don’t have the patience for it. I do like the finished dresses though 🙂
Under dress coral cotton dobby spot.
Overdress ditsy floral print cotton lawn.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Probably no to sewing it again. Hmmm…recommend…yes…if you have patience and incredible eyesight to follow the pattern sheet.
Very easy to wear. light, comfortable dresses. Easy to sew if you are not relying on the Buda instructions.
I am away now…see you in all again in a few weeks. Holiday for a week, a week to get over post holiday blues and do all the washing and a week to sew something new (got an exciting delivery of knit fabrics today!)….same place in around 3 weeks or so? Until later……