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


16 thoughts on “Flouncing around: BurdaStyle 07/2017 #119

  1. 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.

    1. 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.

  2. 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.

    1. 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!

  3. 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.

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