Dress Making

Well, I sure haven’t been painting lately.  But I did sew a dress this week.

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It’s “Romance Dress” #119 from Burda.  The pattern can be found here. 


I have sewn several other articles of clothing for myself but I think this is the only thing I’ve ever sewn that I actually really like.  And doesn’t look like a total novice pattern (to me, anyway- even though it is).


Like if I saw it in a store, I would actually buy it.


I am sure my fellow sewers and knitters out there know the feeling.  You spend HOURS and sometimes a good amount of money making something and it turns out frumpy, or unflattering, or just weird.  I don’t really have enough skill to remedy that when it happens so I’m pretty thrilled I found a good pattern.  Plus-  a dress with POCKETS!!  Am I right, ladies?


As far as working with a Burda pattern, it was kind of a pain.  They don’t allow for seam allowances in their patterns so you have to add it on as you cut.  The instructions are pretty confusing to me,  so I kind of just read the directions, got confused, then just looked at the pieces and put them together.  It was a print at home type deal and a few of the pieces needed to be traced from another existing pattern piece and cut out which was strange.  There was also a pattern piece (#2 for those of you who have this pattern) that is mentioned nowhere in the instructions and doesn’t seem to be missing in the dress!

I bought the fabric from a local quilting store- it’s a lovely cotton by Anna Griffin.  I picked out several bolts of her fabric for this dress and took almost an hour deciding on this one.  It was the right choice!


6 Comments Add yours

  1. Stacey says:

    Sew cute!
    (See what I did there?)

    1. harperleich says:

      I do and i love it.

  2. Rachel says:

    I love it!! I am harvesting my first honey tomorrow!!!!

  3. Ashley Rose says:

    Your dress it nice, with pockets, you are looking beautiful in dress.

    1. harperleich says:

      Thanks so much. I’ve worn it many times- it’s very comfortable, too!

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