Monday, 17 November 2014

Burdastyle 08/2014 #131


The August 2014 issue of Burdastyle has some lovely patterns. This one caught my eye straight away. I like that it looks like quite a smart outfit, but is really a breezy, comfortable dress.

Burdastyle 08/2014#131

I made the whole dress from linen. The top is white linen bought in Bali and the skirt is thicker, blue linen from Spotlight, left over from my Wyome jeans. The linen is looking rather crumpled in these pictures but, not being much of an ironer, I'm used to the crumpled look. I did actually iron this dress before wearing it, but kids and hospital visits* and lunch and beach happened and this is the result.

*My lovely Dad has had major surgery, but is doing very well.


The lines of the dress are very appealing. The diagonal seams of the wrap front continue into the skirt and incorporate pockets. The cross-over part of the bodice is stitched down most the the way as it was gaping.


The skirt back has vertical seams which continue down from the darts in the bodice. The bodice has side seams, but the skirt does not. 


The sizing for this pattern is 'petite', designed for a height of 160cm. Having never used this sizing for Burdastyle patterns before, I chose a size 20 based on my measurements.

I am around 175cm tall, so added some length to the bodice and skirt pieces. The first time I wore this dress, I decided the proportions were wrong, so whipped it off, removed the skirt and raised it to the level originally intended by the pattern. I also took the dress in at the sides. Conclusion: make one size smaller than my measurements in regular and petite Burdastyle patterns.


 You may have spotted my hat in these photos. It is a recent attempt at a second fabulous hat (aka Vogue 7600). I will have to talk more about this in a separate post as it too is about to be ripped apart and remade.


As I made it, I had a fit of misled inspiration and halved the height of the crown. The hat now perches unsteadily on the very top of my head and flies off at the merest hint of a breeze. 


However, I am rather chuffed with the frayed edge detail on the hat, so will make a new crown and try to stick to the pattern next time.


 As for the dress, it's very me. I love it and will wear it a lot this summer.

14 comments:

  1. This looks great! I'm so glad to see this pattern made up- it caught my eye, too!

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    1. Thank you. I think it has so many possibilities in different fabrics.

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  2. It is very hot here today and your linen dress has huge appeal...I want one now! The lines of the dress are lovely. I am wondering whether to continue my due-to-expire Patrones subscription or switch to Burda.

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    1. If you lived closer you could borrow mine! I have been wondering about subscribing to Patrones as well as Burda. The local newsagent can't get Patrones any more. Burda is a bit hit and miss but the hits can be pretty good!

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  3. Oh yes this one caught my eye too. I put in a special order for this issue as I loved lots of the patterns (already made the kimon t shirt and dress with hole in the back and this is the next one). It looks great. I assume you made the dress length one rather than the tunic length one? Well done and thanks for reinspiring me on this pattern it might push it nearer the front of my queue.

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    1. Yes, this is the dress length one with a bit of extra length in the skirt. How did the dress with the hole turn out? I have been eyeing that one, but I'm not sure about flashing too much skin!

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  4. Wow. I absolutley love this dress. It's just so elegant. It reminds me of Cos (http://www.cosstores.com/gb/) with it's deceptively simple lines, even the colour scheme is very Cos. However, nothing in there fits me like it was intended to. I'm glad you had the energy to rip it apart and make it fit, because it really fits beautifully now. I like the crumpliness too, it's perfect.

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  5. Hi Meg - this dress is soooo cute. Ive passed on the past few months of BS because ive not been terribly inspired but no im regretting passing on this!! Hope your dad continues to go from strength to strength x

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  6. This dress is fabulous right from the beautiful linen fabric to the casual yet stylish design. I love the shape and this will be so perfect for your hot summer.

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  7. Lovely dress for the hot weather.

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  8. Love this dress - It looks so cool and comfortable in linen! I actually looked at and considered this pattern for a long time for the men's shirt upcycle PR contest - can't forget it once summer comes back to the Northern Hemisphere

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  9. Good to hear your Dad is recovering well.
    This is gorgeous dress to herald in the warmer weather.

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  10. Love the look. It is perfect for linen.

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  11. What a lovely representation! I sometimes have difficulty imagining Burda dresses translating into life but you have done a great job. I love the linen and the blue and white always looks smart.

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