Burdastyle B6420: DIY Black Zip Front Cut On Cap Sleeve Sheath Dress

Burdastyle 6420 zip front cut on cap sleeve sheath dress

Hey Everyone,

This is the dress that I made to wear for my birthday this year. It’s Burdastyle 6420. It comes with two views, and I made view A which has a sporty look to it I think. I would describe this view as having cut on cap sleeves, an exposed zip front opening in the bodice, mandarin style collar, elasticated waist with separate skirt attached and a centre front seam with slit opening in the skirt.

Burdastyle 6420 zip front cut on cap sleeve sheath dress

The main thing to note about this pattern is that 1. it is drafted for giants (or maybe just average sized women who happen to be taller than 5 foot 3 inches) and 2. it is drafted for women with no curves in the lower portion of their body. I had the foresight to add 1 inch to all the side seams so was just about able to get away with the skirt, but if I was making this again I would perhaps even go slightly bigger or do a full bum/ full tum adjustment.

Burdastyle 6420 zip front cut on cap sleeve sheath dress
Burdastyle 6420 zip front cut on cap sleeve sheath dress

Pattern Review

Pattern Description:

It comes with two views, and I made view A which has a sporty look to it I think. I would describe this view as having cut on cap sleeves, an exposed zip front opening in the bodice, mandarin style collar, elasticated waist with separate skirt attached and a centre front seam with slit opening in the skirt.

Pattern Sizing:

10 – 20

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

It’s Burda. No. They are ok but a few head scratching moments.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I do like the finished dress. I like the exposed zip, the sporty look, the front slit and the fact the elastic is flat over the tummy and centre back – makes it more flattering than full gathers all the way round. The skirt portion is not drafted to accomodate any kind of curves and I had to remove a lot of length from the skirt portion.

Fabric Used:

A black cupro.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

  • I added 1 inch to all the side seams and ended up only using 3/8ths inch seam allowance. The skirt as drafted is nothing more than two rectangles with centre front and back and side seams. If making again I would maybe do a full bum/ tummy adjustment or make slightly bigger?
  • Added 1 inch to the back bodice side seams
  • Did 5/8ths inch full bust adjustment using the method from Fit for Real People for fronts with cap, cut-on or kimono sleeves
  • I closed the bust dart and rotated it to form gathers at the waist.
  • I shortened the skirt length by 6 inches and omitted the pockets
  • I shortened the centre front slit by 6 inches
  • I interfaced the zipper opening
  • My zipper window is wider than it should be on account of me taking 1.5cm seam allowance instead of 0.5cm

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I would consider making this again with a slight adjustment to the skirt. Don’t get me wrong, it fits and I have worn it and will wear again, but fit is so personal and for me I would like a little more room. I recommend with some cautions over fit.

Conclusion:

I like the modern, sporty vibes this dress gives off. I think you can dress it up or go more casual with it. Definitely worth checking out if this is your kind of thing.

I had a lovely birthday; these photos are taken in the country house hotel we went to for the night. Christmas is fast approaching and I am on holiday until the new year. Lots of sewing to be done!

Until soon.

Burdastyle 6420 zip front cut on cap sleeve sheath dress
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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

10 thoughts on “Burdastyle B6420: DIY Black Zip Front Cut On Cap Sleeve Sheath Dress

  1. Hi

    I just wanted to say I’ve really enjoyed your posts this year. Your outfits always look fantastic and your blog is very inspirational. Wishing you and your family a merry Christmas and all the best for 2019 xxx

  2. All the leopard love, chica! #leopardprinteverything And I just love how the gold teeth on the zip add such a pop to the black. LOVE this idea for a whole birthday look.

  3. Great dress, Manju, and belated birthday greetings! Loved your comment about directions… “it’s Burda. No.” Wishing you many happy times to wear this and a wonderful sewing vacation. Happy Holidays! 😘 🎄

  4. It looks great – much better than the envelope, which wouldn’t have attracted my attention. I am a giant so the skirt length might be okay on me but I do have significant curves!
    Where did you buy the cupro?

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