Tag: dress

Lace dress (124, 3/2016)

Princess cut dress.

I noticed an interesting pattern (not a sewing kind 🙂 – over the years March issues are usually my favorite issues of the year. As a rule, they have a lot of dress patterns and I like it a lot!

I am literally on my way to the library to get a pattern for a gorgeous blouse with the embroidery from the new March 2017 Burda Style issue (I am so excited for that one!!!). But!  I just realized that I never posted a princess cut dress from the last March issue. So here we go.

If you don’t have an access to a Burda Style magazine, you can get this pattern here.

Fabric: very thin, stretchy lace like jersey 1.5 m (width 150 cm), thick jersey 1 m (width 110 cm) for lining.

As you see, I did the sleeves at first. It seemed very nice but it was hot and sunny outside so I decided to go with a more summery, sleeveless version.

Skirt – just 2 layers of everything that was left from the fabric.

Random facts:

For some reason, this dress was very fast to sew (everything with the lining usually take me at least 2 evenings to complete, but this one I did in just one).

This dress has the most “likes” on my Instagram page.

Sew it gorgeous!

off to the library 🙂

Princess Line Dress (114, 02/2017)

Fit and flare dress.

This dress is from the February issue of Burda Style. The pattern is here.

This cut is probably my favorite. It is timeless, feminine and flattering.

Fabric: Burda Style magazine suggests 5 m of fabric for this one. It is a lot! I have done this style of skirt (circular) before so I figured that I could get away with much less then that. I had an old piece of fabric I got for 5 dollars on clearance (~1.65 cm x 150 cm) and I was willing to check if I could fit a shorter skirt in. And I did. The suggested pattern length is 63 cm, mine was 51.5 cm which works perfectly on me, as I am rather petite (158 cm).

Note: the fabric is folded twice on the first picture

And if my piece of fabric was any longer or wider, I could have been able to fit the top as well. But oh well, now my options with this fabric are: either proceed with a skirt or look into short top patterns.

Anyway, the proper fabric I bough for this dress is 2 m (length 150 cm) and it was enough to fit all the details (including lining). Once again, it was possible because of the shorter skirt!

The fabric is a cotton blend with very little stretch.

I used my first skirt as a pattern so I did not have to fold fabric twice.

Size: My Burda size 40/42 (bust) and 36 (waist). For this pattern I used size 38 plus took a centimeter or two in total from the waist. Other minor modifications: I did not make a center stitch on the bodice (it is one peace), the zipper was moved to the back, skirt has only one seam at the back.

The sewing process was easy.

The bodice before and after ironing.

Seams at the armholes and neckline.


Side seams are done as one of the last steps. The second picture shows that initially my skirt turned out to be wider than the bodice. I used the radius of 16.7 + allowances and my best guess as to why it happen is that my skirt had only one seam… or may be because I did meddle with the waist part of the bodice.

Final product. The colour is so pretty!

This one does not have a good lighting but has a view from the back.

and there is even a video 🙂

Sew it gorgeous!

High neck, gray dress (111a, 10/2015)

Gray dress.

This was kind of an unplanned dress. The pattern was published in the November issue of BurdaStyle and I was not planning on sewing this sleeveless dress right away. But once I was in the fabric store, buying a button for a skirt, I noticed this last meter of fabric and could not walk away from it. The hem allowances were only ~0.5 cm though. No modifications of a pattern other then no zipper (this fabric is very stretchy).

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As with many most of the cases “I have to buy this fabric, I’ll figure out what to do with it later”, it turned out quite nicely.

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The cowl neck is nice but I think it would be more flattering on people with longer neck.

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I really like the back of this dress.

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If you want to sew this dress, here is a link to its pattern.

Sew it gorgeous!

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 

Happy sewing!