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All Burda patterns

My sewing baskets are full again, and all three are Burda patterns. Didn't do this on purpose, but I like the fit of Burda patterns, and you have quite a few patterns with one magazine, so a large pattern stash. And as I practically grew up using these patterns, I don't normally have much problems with their descriptions, nor with the fact that seam allowances are not included.

Thinking about my next projects I realised:
  1. Summer holidays are approaching fast (we're off to France, looking forward to that)
  2. I promised myself last year to throw away old shorts that I've worn for ages (only wear those on holidays)
  3. If I want to throw away shorts, I'll have to make (or buy) two new shorts. Buying is no option, would take long shopping hours to find something that fits, which is frustrating and usually very expensive for a garment that I seldom wear.
  4. I'd like one easy dress, that needs no ironing and can be worn to go to a restaurant for example. Not too fancy, but I don't like to go into a restaurant in shorts.
This weekend I cut out the shorts, the dress and a top. These are my current projects:

Burda 06-2004-111, shorts
These are shorts without waisband, I like the pleats in the front and cut them out of a brown kaki from my stash. The largest size was 42, so I cut 3cm seam allowances at the sides, because I'll probably need a bit more room at the hips.
And I made the length longer, added 20 cm to make them knee length (my legs are not so beautiful as the model in the magazine, plus I'm not 18 any more).




Burda 05-2006-115, wrap dress
I made this dress before, also from a Gorgeous Things fabric. This time I'll make it sleeveless and with a waistband that can be pulled through a hole on the right side, so that wrapping the dress is a bit easier.














Burda 03-2007-113, top
This has been on my "to make" list since a while, I liked the results of others who reviewed this pattern on Pattern Review. And when I received this Gorgeous Things fabric, thought it would suit this pattern. I'm making it with contrasting black cotton batiste.


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  1. These are really nice and simple everyday wear patterns that you have shared. I liked the idea of keeping them simple and comfortable so that they could be worn on daily basis.

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