Burdastyle 9/2013 #101: A Dress with a View

Having teased you with pictures of my version of this dress #101 from the September 2013 issue of Burdastyle

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on the dressform I thought it is only fair to show you a few pictures of how the dress performs in real life.

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Sorry, I have just noticed this photo shows more of my garden than of the dress… I hope you can forgive me, I will pay better attention next time. If only I felt more comfortable with the photo-shoot aspect of blogging I could pose next to a chimney staring into the heavens like the Burda model as well 😉

If those pictures do one thing, they do away with any doubt as to the cami-issue. Can you see the neckline Burda put onto this dress??!!! Who would want to wear this as is without a cami underneath? You would be practically naked – and if that is the intended look I doubt anyone would go for this style of dress 😉

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With a cami I really like the neckline – you twist the front parts of the top and knot them in the back:

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While I like my version I don’t think I would make it again in a print. I think it would look better in a solid because all the twisting and knotting does get a little bit busy.

Also my biggest suggestion to anybody considering this dress is to use a fabric with two nice sides. Just look at this:

IMG_4421Yep, due to the nature of the twist at the waist sometimes the underside shows a little bit (and is testament to my ongoing disaffection of my sewing machine with my twin needle…). The tie at the waist also does this sometimes:

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As per the instructions both parts are not sewn together for the first bit, which makes sense because a single layers of fabric drapes more easily than a double layer. But I have noticed that when I move the underside may show sometimes. This is not a big problem and I can rearrange it without any problem, but if I had used a solid fabric I wouldn’t really have to worry at all.

May I draw your attention to the sleeves again:

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I just love them! I almost fell over when I wore the dress for the first time because I was looking at my shoulders more than at where I was going. 🙂

So altogether I am happy with the dress, although I can clearly see its limitations. I might make the top version of this in a solid jersey that has graced my stash for rather too long. And I also wonder if this could look stylish if made as a cardi from a chunky knit and knotted rather loosely for a draped rather than tight look. Hmmm… lots of options – just the way I like it.

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7 thoughts on “Burdastyle 9/2013 #101: A Dress with a View

  1. sewbusylizzy August 25, 2013 at 11:44 pm Reply

    I really like this dress! I agree it needs a cami – unless you are going for a vavavoom evening look, which is rather limiting.

    • Chris August 26, 2013 at 12:33 am Reply

      Haha, Lizzy, this is certainly not the kind of vavavoom I would ever dare to show 🙂

  2. SewingElle August 26, 2013 at 12:53 am Reply

    They are very nice sleeves!. Good dress too. Thanks for an excellent review. Cute fabric.

  3. ooobop! August 26, 2013 at 2:52 pm Reply

    Thanks for a brilliant review Chris. I have had my eye on this one and if I should ever get round to it, your findings ie neckline and reversible fabric will be much appreciated. I agree those sleeve caps look perfect and you look wonderful as always 🙂

  4. Tia Dia September 10, 2013 at 2:44 am Reply

    hehe! Falling over looking at your sleeves. I must confess to having been prone to that in the past, particularly when I’m overly pleased with a set of sleeves! Thanks for posting the review of this pattern. A neckline to the navel is, well, not appropriate for most people. Gotta love Burda’s photos – they really hide the issues in a design!

  5. […] – no luck! And all that while I have lots of yummy knits waiting to be made into tops (with the sleeves I’m in love with […]

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