I’ve made friends with Burda and I’m all the better for it!
I was trying to convince myself that Burda patterns weren’t for me, but had a problem doing so. I really liked the looks of so many patterns!
Was it me or was it Burda?
In the end, it all came down to learning a new way of doing something.
Learning to read and follow the Burda pattern was nothing like learning a new software program! It was more like driving a different route to a destination. I simply had to read the instructions s l o w l y and carefully along the way. Unlike my last Burda pattern, I could easily sew a muslin with woven fabric, make a few adjustments and get a feel for the particulars.
The pattern, Burda 7081 has summer written all over it and the cotton print with stretch is from Aunt Maggie’s surprise box – a perfect summer weight.
I was attracted to the flattering neckline created by the front yoke pieces seen below.
I even took the time to make the kick pleat.
The dress is fully lined. I generally find lining sleeveless tops and dresses a little tricky but with this pattern, the front yokes were lined, turned and basted to the upper bodice. The dress lining was then assembled, attached and turned, leaving only the shoulders to be sewn together. Rather than sewing an awkward continuous seam, the front and back were stitched together through three layers – the fashion fabric and the front yoke lining. The lining of the back yoke had been turned under and pressed and the seam was neatly tucked into the opening and slipstitched. I hope I can apply this technique to future sleeveless sewing projects!
I suppose there is a moral to this story somewhere, but I’m just happy to be over the Burda hump, and greeting the weekend with a fun, new dress