Flouncing around: BurdaStyle 07/2017 #119

I’m following M of Nonsuch’s mathematical approach in one of her recent blog posts

“I want to sew this fabric” + ”I want to make something with flounces” =  new top

I’ve been wanting to sew this fabric for a long time. It came from Liz of Designer Fabrics Australia. I am simultaneously wishing Liz was still actively managing her stash by making it available for sale, and relieved that she isn’t!

[image from Lizs blog post ]

So many things to love about this fabric: border print, yellow, the tribal and ethnic style of the pattern, Hugo Boss provenance and that its been made into a frock worn by an Aussie girl who met a Prince in a pub in Sydney and then married him and lived happily ever after in a palace in Denmark.

I have also become enamoured with flounces*. This BurdaStyle pattern from last July (07/2017 #119) quickly became my new favourite .


The flounces are like a cross between a cape and a sleeve.

Burda says this pattern needs a fabric with two good sides. Mine has a right and wrong side, but the difference is subtle. I constructed the sleeves opposite to Burda’s instructions, which meant that the wrong side was on the less noticeable lower part of the flounce.

I did a baby hem on the edges, rather than Burda”s instructions to zig zag and trim close to the stitching. Really Burda?

I added slits to the lower edge, because I am most likely to wear this top like a tunic

It can be worn tucked in, but that’s not my preference, especially with this deep border print.

Much nicer untucked


* Don’t worry. Flounce obsession seems to have passed


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16 Responses to Flouncing around: BurdaStyle 07/2017 #119

  1. Nonsuch says:

    love the Flounce Phase. this is lovely and a great way to showcase the print.

  2. Karine says:

    Hello !
    I also like this pattern, so looked for reviews and couldn’t find any. Are the sleeves easy to sew ? I’m still tempted to make the dress. Your fabric is divine.

    • SewingElle says:

      The sleeves aren’t hard. You need to mark the attachment line to the bodice clearly and take care with the hems. Burda’s instructions are not detailed! I like the dress too. Almost made it in my fabric. But knew I’d wear a top more.

  3. sewruth says:

    Another well chosen pattern to showcase a fab fabric. Love it

  4. Lovely mix of fabric and pattern.

  5. Paola says:

    Great use of that fabric – much better untucked.

  6. AllisonC says:

    I thought this was 3 different fabrics pieced together at first, really interesting design. Your top looks great, I agree with you that untucked is better with that fabric at least.

    • SewingElle says:

      I would have never thought of putting these three fabrics together. Thank goodness I am not in charge of fabric design

      And on another note. I’m finding it impossible to comment on your blog. Love all your recent posts!

  7. Kim says:

    That looks like a useful top that could be worn both smartly or casually. I love the fabric – and agree it looks much better untucked.

  8. Anne W says:

    It’s lovely! What a fabulous print!

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