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Before the Blog: The Office Dress

May 3, 2011
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Sewing has been slow going as of late, but I’m this close to being done with school for the semester then I plan on doing just about nothing but sew all summer. So instead, here is a dress I made last year before I started this blog. This is most definitely one of my favorite dresses of all time. It fits great, looks great, feels great, I should really make some more of them. And on top of all those great qualities, it’s such an easy pattern to make because there aren’t very many darts at all. This pattern came from one of the first Burda WOF magazines I ever got, but it took me until last year to actually make it mostly because I wasn’t as good at looking past the unappealing styling choices back then.

Pattern: Burda World of Fashion 111 11/2008

Fabric: Grey polyester blend

Pattern Description: Bold prints are most effective on plain-cut garments. This fitted dress with a wide jewel neckline, waist seam and belt covered in self-faric beautifully proves the point. (this description doesn’t really fit in with the actual pattern, but it’s the only description I could find. It makes more sense looking at the model photo: )

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, the design is very simple and straight forward so I didn’t think the instructions even need to be that great for an experienced sewer.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Everything! I didn’t have to do any alterations and I love the way it fits with no front darts making the dress very comfortable.

Pattern Sizing: 36-44, I cut a 36

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: No alterations, but I didn’t make the self-fabric belt. But the dress might look even better with it… I just don’t really like making fabric belts.

Would you sew it again? At some point yes when I have time, It’s very simple and would look great in many different prints and fabrics.

Would you recommend it to others? Yes, if you can get your hands on an old BWOF (BurdaStyle should really start selling some of their old patterns online too, they’re amazing if not better than the current ones!)


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