Monday, May 28, 2012

NattyJane's BurdaStyle Book Dress Variation

 The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook was released back in November, but I didn't get my dress variation back until a month or two ago. Since then I've had it on display on my dress form, which was a silly thing to do when I should have taken photos of it straight away to share with all of you!

When I first received the fabric for this dress from BurdaStyle, I was a bit disappointed. In the sketches I submitted for the project I had asked for a blue cotton voile and this fabric was entirely different, quilters cotton and such a bright color! After I got over the initial bit of disappointment, I realized the bright color they sent me was way better since it challenged me and broke me away from my usual color choices. I'm still haunted by the fact that it's quilters cotton because it made the dress pretty heavy.

The designs on the fabric form a striped pattern which I played around with on the bodice of the dress. For my variation, I added a button front and a collar, plus pleats on the skirt. I also added frills of fabric around the arm holes and across the back yoke.

I'm so happy that I got to be a part of The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook, and I am especially proud of my work on this dress. I hope you all enjoy it!







 If you would like to make this dress, check out the tutorial section of the blog.
If you have already made a dress following the tutorial, please share with me. I'd love to see your work!

10 comments:

  1. I'm excited we finally get to see this, I do remember you mentioning this oh so very long ago. I love the print, even though it's not blue it looks fabulous on you and you did such a great job on all the lovely little details!

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  2. Love the ruffle on the sleeves and back, it's too bad they couldn't show that in the book, the color looks really great on you though! I hear you on the quilters cotton, half my dress was and half wasn't...awkward! My dress is just sitting in a pile of muslin scraps in a corner of my studio because I hate the feeling of wearing that heavy fabric. Also I just want to say glad you're back posting!

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  3. Wow, this is adorable! I love the print you used. Great job!

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  4. I'm glad to see you got it back and have now put it on. It looks great! Quilting cotton and all!

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  5. This dress looks so pretty! I'm impressed with how well you matched up the direction of the print. I'm working on a skirt (Ginger pattern from Colette http://www.colettepatterns.com/shop/ginger) at the moment with a chevron of little arrows and it can be a little tricky matching up! I should have pics up soon... once I finally match them all up :)

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  6. I am so glad I found your blog! This variation was my favourite from the Burda Style book and I looked you up to see if I could find out more information. I love your style and your work. Excellent stuff, thank you for sharing!

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  7. I love this variation. and I am definitely going to make it . Thanks a bunch for sharing !! Diya - TheHobbyHarbor

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  8. Hi. Is there a tutorial for the pleated sleeves ? I dont want to miss the sleeves. The Green apple dress tutorial does not feature sleeves :) I already charted out a way but if it is there please let me know . Diya - TheHobbyHarbor

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