Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Burda 8836 in Seersucker

Burda 8836

This dress has been a long time coming. It's been sitting in the sewing room gathering dust for months and months because I never made the time to add the more tedious, yet necessary finishing touches. This dress has been waiting patiently for me to sew the tie and add the belt loops. Both of which are a little uninspiring. But I know you all understand. I'm trying however, to stay on top of my UFOs and get them finished before embarking on new stuff.

This is the second time I've made up Burda 8836. The first one is here. It was the first version that alerted  me to the importance of making up toiles/muslins. The fit was a disaster. My sister and I did lots of dodgy things to try and make it work. But it was always dodgy and not very wearable. Thus, I've never looked back. Now I always make a toile first. With my body shape this is merely a fact of sewing life. If I want it to fit, I have to toile it up first. One of the fabulous things about having a teacher help with my toiles is that not only do I get a good fit, but I'm also starting to see a bit of a pattern with the adjustments which is really quite handy. Now I know what to look for when I'm flying solo.

I really like the flounce on the neckline of this dress. You may have noticed that I'm a bit of a fan of flounces. This version is made using a 100% cotton seersucker purchased from The Fabric Store in Melbourne. I've lined it in a red cotton voile from Spotlight.

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- side view -

I am currently working on:

- A one-shoulder dress in a silk twill by Milly. This will be my 'festive' season party dress.
- A vogue beach tunic ready for my island holiday in 10 days time.
- A bunch of pencil rolls for kids birthday presents.


  1. Such a light airy dress with a fantastic texture and color. The fit looks superb!

  2. Not only is the dress gorgeous, but so are you! It really suits you and the fit is perfect.

  3. The colour is great and it looks like a good silhouette for you. It's like a baby doll dress for grown-ups!

  4. Very pretty dress. I love the texture of that seersucker. Always a toile? You are so good!

    Which Milly silk did you buy? can't wait to see it.

  5. What a great summer dress. The colour and texture of the fabric really makes the dress, along with the ruffle of course!

  6. How pretty. I am a big fan of ruffles myself. You look terrific in your lovely dress, and the fit is excellent.
    I make toiles too - unless I am feeling completely reckless. I have learnt to do this quite painfully!

  7. This is adorable and a really great style on you. You pull off ruffles much better than I can!

  8. This dress just sings of summer to me. I'm a bit of a sucker for ruffles too.

  9. Pretty pretty dress - enjoy your island holiday!!

  10. This dress is lovely, fab colour and a good silhouette, But wait, an island holiday? Ooh, how exciting (tells myself I'm not jealous, not jealous at all)

  11. It's a beautiful dress - I really like the colour. You must feel like a million dollars every time you wear it. I'm jealous of how productive you've been lately!

  12. I love it! I just bought this patterns, it's just this basically universally classic dress that to me works for everything , from dressy to casual. Great job. I can't wait till I get my pattern in the mail. It's quite old and stores don't seem to carry it anymore.