Burda Style 5-2010-111

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Garment #1 of my wardrobe was completed just this week.  I remember when this issue came out, this dress didn’t catch my attention.  I reeeeaaaallly hate tracing Burda patterns, but I do like the way they fit. 

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I used a lot of resources for help on this dress.

 

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Perfect pocket flaps are thanks to Pam’s great tutorial at Off The Cuff.  Thank you so much, Pam!!

 

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The center front plaquet turned out very nice, thanks help from David Coffin’s book  Shirtmaking  I couldn’t understand the instructions from the magazine.  At. All.

 

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The sleeve plaquet  is done in the continuous bias bound method.  The only place I’ve found instructions for this is in any Heirloom Sewing book by Martha Pullen.  I considered adding a separate plaquet piece using David Coffin’s method, but the denim was a bit bulky for that technique.  I  found that out when I did the center plaquet.

 

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A little added fun, a contrasting fabric for the collar stand.  I still need to clip threads and add another snap!

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With the same cotton, I lined the pockets, just for fun.

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The pattern is more of an A-line shaped dress, and I wanted mine to be straight.  I took the side seams in an inch on each side, tapering to the original seam line right at the under arm.  I also nipped in the waist at the side seams.  For the pockets and flaps, I drafted my own.  I didn’t want the pleated ones that the pattern showed.  The fabric is a heavy stretch denim from my stash.  I traced and cut a size 40, which is my usual size in Burda.  I could have gone with a smaller size, but I think the original pattern was meant to be made up in a light weight shirting fabric and be blousy and loose.  I curved the hem for more of a shirt look, but it’s not real noticeable in the pictures.  I used snaps because a) I didn’t want to do buttonholes and b) I didn’t have 9 matching buttons.  Those snaps are great!  I highly recommend The Snap Source for any snaps or tools; best product ever.

This is a very cute dress, I’m glad it’s finished!  Pics of me in it later!

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  1. Love this! I love the look and idea of shirtdresses, and this one is lovely. The contrasting cotton is a great touch!

  2. Great dress! It will be a wardrobe staple for sure. Love the contrast fabric too.

  3. gorgeous gorgeous I want a dress like that. hmmmmmm gonnna have to add it to the list of makes I guess
    thanks for sharing

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