Thursday, January 10, 2013

Figuring Out My Burda Size




I haven't sewn a Burda pattern in a few years.  I had some success with both the magazine, online and envelope patterns back then and even have a small pile of Burda magazine issues in my stash.  I've lost 70+ lbs a year and a half ago and wanted to figure out what size is best for me these days.  I wanted some easy practice since I re-subscribed to BurdaStyle this week.  I dove right in with a simple dress pattern with some princess seams for easy adjusting purposes.  It's from the 5/2010 issue (it's downloadable on their site here.)  I cut a size 44.  And it was quite large in many ways.  But I tweaked it and it's a fine wearable muslin for the summer. 


I used the most unsuitable material for winter, cotton batiste. I'm over winter anyhow.   It wrinkles and rumples like heck, and the wrinkles show up beautifully in photos!  I pressed that dress like it was my job before taking photos but it sure doesn't look like it.  Oh well. 


The fit isn't spot on but it's a million times better then when I first finished sewing the major bits and bobs.  It was pretty massive and very matronly.  Like I said I cut a 44 (that is the smallest size they have in this design since it's a "plus" pattern) and I could have done with a 40.  The bust was massive, the hips were outta control and the length was dowdy and hit at the widest part of my leg, the mid calf.  I nipped off 5+ inches off the hip and waist in the seams and about 2" from the top then hemmed it up about 5".

 

I wanted to belt this dress so badly.  I belt everything.  I stood back and said "No, stop that.  Enough with the belts for today."  It looks pretty good without the extra nipping in at the waist because of the princess seaming.  Now doesn't this pattern look a lot like Colette's Oolong?  I was never terribly interested in that pattern but just happened to see a resemblance after trying this one on. 


9 comments:

  1. This dress looks super - love the princess seams for tweaking and shaping. Good that you went outside the comfort zone and didn't belt the dress - I have the opposite problem in that I don't belt enough!!!
    Will you make this dress up again!!!

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    1. Thanks! I'm not sure if I will make this one again since I have so many other patterns I want to tackle.

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  2. Do you have a job? How do you make a new dress every day? I like this one. Nice job. g

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    1. Ha! I don't quite make a new one everyday :) I make really simple, basic designs with very few pattern pieces... and intentionally so since I have limited sewing time and need easy to wash and wear sort of clothes. Right now I am a stay at home mom and sew about an hour a day during my little one's naptime and then a few hours at night a couple days a week. Just as of late I've been on a roll.

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  3. I like it, the cut suits you and you have a very wearable dress for mummy jobs. The sleeves are interesting as is the shaping around the bust. Will you remake it in a posher fabric? I'm not sure what batiste is: probably has a different name in the uk.

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    1. Thank you! I may or may not make this again. Batiste is a very light weight cotton, it's quite thin and great for hot weather.

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  4. Ooooh, it's so pretty! I'm really impressed that you chose to use a pattern with so many details to test out the fit - I would have chosen the simplest sheath I could find, LOL!

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    1. Thanks! I find princess seaming super easy and fast to sew and very flexible with fitting as I go. Sheath dresses can cause me trouble and I'm too lazy to work around trouble.

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  5. The first thing I thought is how much it looks like the Oolong! I made one a year ago and I just finally got it to a point so that I will wear it. I had to take off the sleeves, they were too constricting. The armsyce on this dress looks a bit strange though when you lift your arms, how does it feel?

    P.S. Yeah, another "local" sewist! I just added you and your blog to my VA/DC/MD sewing blogger list!

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