Red dress (101, 2/2016)

Hello and welcome!

I just started this blog and this is my first post. I’m excited and a little bit scared. But mostly excited 🙂 🙂 🙂

Let me start by saying that I have about 20 years of experience in sewing. At first, it was more of a necessity. I loved beautiful things but could not afford it. Now, I can buy an expensive dress but I can also do it myself for a fraction of the retail price. Most things that I see in stores I can make by myself and very often, the quality of my creations is higher.

So coming back to the blog and my first post. I decided to make a blog to keep track of outfits I made and share tips on how each particular thing was made. I learned a lot from the “photoforum” on the Russian site of BurdaStyle (they have an amazing amazing community, check them out even if you don’t know the language, its mostly photos http://burdastyle.ru/fotoforum/) and it inspired me to make this blog and hopefully provide some useful information for someone else.

The last thing before going all bananza on the red dress – I will post probably post 10 or 20 creations with very little descriptions as I have a backlog of outfits + I am better (and faster) at sewing than writing.

ok, the red dress from February 2016 issue.

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If you don’t have this issue, try to find it in your public library or buy digital pattern from BurdaStyle web-site.

Material: 2 meters of light satin with no stretch (fabric width 150 cm). It felt like a candy crash saga effort to try to fit everything in, so I highly recommend going with 3 meters.

Modifications: I took a pattern almost 2 sizes smaller, got rid of asymmetry: combined parts 4 and 8, used the left half side of the bottom flounce and mirrored it, added a second neckline flounce, did not add seam and hem allowances on the bottom parts of details (I am short – 152 cm). 

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Oh the flounce!

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Here is neck flounce – 2 identical details.

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another minor modification is that I used shorter zipper (20 cm) but I kind of wish I went with the 50 cm one as the dress fit very tight (remember that I used the pattern about 2 size smaller?).

sewitgorgeous_red_dress (3) I am very happy with the end result. Now, I need someone to invite me dancing 🙂

thank you for a visit ï€„

Happy sewing!

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2 comments

  1. Daniela Ivanova says:

    Hi , I really am very impressed of your creations! You are so talent and good sewer ! I also am trying to sew some of the models from burda style magazines and have a great passion for sewing , but from your blog I can learn a lot ! This dress is amazing ! You make it in a perfect way and believe me, you look better ,than the model in the magazin ! When I sow it in the magazin I like it, but I think, that it will be not looking so nice in real, because usually the models there are very slim and that kind of patterns makes you a litlle bit bigger. Now, after I saw your creation, I will try this pattern to. Just one question: if I take 2 sizes smaller I am not sure it will be ok ,as you said. I am size 40 from burda ( 92-73-98) ussualy all the patterns are too whide for me, but I never try a smaller size yet. Take my best regards and my admiration for your work and blog ! Daniela

    • sewitgorgeous says:

      Hi Daniela. Thank you for kind words! It is so nice to hear from other people who sew!!! I am very glad to hear that you are finding useful tips on my blog 🙂
      As for this particular pattern, I would use may be 1 size smaller with 1.5 cm allowances (or a true size) but not 2. Mine was 2 sizes smaller and it is way too tight. Burda patterns usually run big (that’s why I almost always use smaller sizes) but this pattern is not the case. Another thing that I found a bit challenging was a flounce on the skirt! It required soooo much ironing and still was not that perfect. Probably it has a lot to do a lot with the choice of fabric. The one I used has no stretch whatsoever, so I would recommend a fabric that has some (stretchy fabrics are much more ‘forgiving’). I hope it helps. Let me know if you have other questions 🙂
      All the best with your dress!!!

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