Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Starting to sew from August Burda

I didn’t keep to my pledge of sewing something from a (new) Burda magazine each month. There were two skirts I forgot to blog about, but even if I count these, there are no 6 or 7 garments from Burda magazines sewn by me this year . The August issue could change the numbers. It’s a great issue with quite a few patterns I’d like to make. After seeing previews and especially after seeing some pictures shared by a friend with a subscription, I stalked the newsagent for this issue. It started with a little disappointment that the jacket I like so much is in the petite size range. Perhaps I will draft the details in my jacket pattern at some point, but not now. I have a nice event to go to next week and thought it might be nice to sew a new dress for the occasion.

This is the pattern I’m using, number 119:

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Not a very straightforward dress to sew. After tracing the pattern pieces the first thing I did was trying to “assemble” the paper pieces, based on the instructions and common sewing sense. That is necessary with Burda, their instructions are not always clear. Something is lost in translation probably (I have the Dutch issue, the original is German).


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There were two things I changed to the pattern:

  • the length of the bodice (common alteration for me) which was less difficult than it may seem from the line drawing
  • the waist piece. That has a seam at the bottom that is showing easily. In the magazine picture the serged seam is peeking out. I moved the seam to the center back of the waist piece. Easy change and I think it looks better the upper ander under side of that piece both have a folded edge.
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I think I got how this is intended to be sewn and am ready to cut it.

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The pattern calls for 1.95 meter of fabric, the length of my fabric is only 1.80 and it works, It’s probably a bit wider than the fabric Burda used.

Hope this dress works well, I’ve been in doubt of posting this already, but it’s a sewing journey and sometimes it works, sometimes not.

9 comments:

  1. Just got this issue yesterday and I want to sew this dress up too. Let us know if you have any construction tips!

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  2. I just got my August issue today and that dress caught my eye. However, It's a tough one to alter in my case. I look forward to seeing how it comes out for you.

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  3. I only just got June :-(
    Not totally bad as the delay brings the issues as I get them more in line with down under seasons.

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  4. It's a stunning dress. I'm really looking forward to seeing your version.

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  5. That is going to be really nice.

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  6. Interesting pattern! Looking forward to seeing your dress.

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  7. A very interesting dress pattern. I'm looking forward to seeing how it works out for you.

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  8. Burda instructions are also not always clear in German :-)

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  9. I love the dress with a sleeves! Great clothing patterns. I enjoyed looking at everything you have made.

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