This is a story of going to the fabric store to buy fabric for a specific pattern but buying something we loved that wasn’t really suitable for that pattern. Anyone else do that? When we realised what we’d done, all the Burda magazines came out and Felicity and I spent a pleasant hour or so finding another pattern.
This is Burdastyle 01/2018 #101 in a size 40.
I did a ‘pivot and slide’ 2 cm FBA but it may not have been necessary given the stretchiness of the fabriv.
The waist twisty bit is a nice feature. The line drawing is a bit misleading for this bit (the tucks in this pattern piece end up on the part that you sew to the side seam – but the line drawing shows the side seams smooth). But, as the reviews on Pattern Review said, if you follow Burda’s instructions literally, it might seem nonsensical but it works out just fine.
The fabric is a crushed polyester velvet from Spotlight, and Felicity says its delightful to wear.
I omitted the zip because it is very stretchy fabric.
I wondered about changing the neck facings out for a binding, but thought this might give it too much of a sports look which seems wrong for crushed velvet so I stayed with the facings. Not sure I should have worried about a sports look being inappropriate. This dress is apparently perfect for riding a scooter in the city.
The facings are hand stitched down. But my commitment to hand stitching ended there – the hems were turned up 1cm and stitched with a simple zigzag. This made both the sleeves and skirt 3 cm long than drafted because I’d added a 4 cm hem allowance
So this is a story with a happy ending.
I still haven’t sourced fabric for the initial pattern though.
15 thoughts on “Silver crushed velvet dress: Burda 01/2018 #101”
I like the blend of romantic pattern and shiny fabric, it looks very modern to me.
She choose well. All my training has paid off! And by training I mean talking a lot to her all her life about patterns and fabric
She’s lucky to have such good advice, I always think making good fabric choices needs a lot of practice
Stunning! It’s perfect for Felicity. The fabric looks liquid. Love the length.
Thanks. Very happy about this one
perfect match of pattern, fabric and model. best of all, it’s secret pyjamas!
Gorgeous dress Liz. Your daughter looks fabulous and I love the twist feature at the front 👏💕
It’s a great pattern!
So flattering! It looks divine on Felicity 💕
Felicity looks beautiful in this dress, would not have thought to make it in crushed fabric
Me neither. Until we had that fabric home and needed to find a pattern. I seem to have more success with finding patterns for fabric than the other way round!
This dress is lovely I am inspired to make it for an October wedding thank you.
It’s a great pattern. You won’t regret it!