Burdastyle 6/2015 121# : British Racing Green Dress – Second Time Lucky

Well, most people might call this colour Forest Green – but I call it British Racing Green which (in my world view) makes it sound a lot more stylish!



I used Burdastyle 6/2015 #121 – a pattern that I knew I wanted to make up from the moment I saw it on the preview.

It is gathered both in front and back and only the gathers make the strangely shaped pattern pieces assume the form of a dress.

IMG_2487Somehow this dress feels very me. It’s unfussy and fitted, but the gathers in front detract a little bit from the tummy roll that so annoys me in fitted dressses.

IMG_2482Obviously it’s not exactly shapewear, but it’s good enough for me to wear the dress without feeling too self-conscious.


Burda necklines are know for their wanton plunginess, but for once, this time I didn’t think it is too bad. However, when I first made the dress, this happened:

IMG_2402The neckline is finished with a facing that is so narrow that it keeps popping out. Not acceptable, I’m sure you’ll agree. So I unpicked the whole facing, sending a lot of unkind thoughts towards the gods of Burda pattern making (in fact some inappropriate words might have been heard…) and made a new, wider facing:

IMG_2508The blue piece on the left is the new facing, the red one on the right the original pattern piece (without seam allowance.

IMG_2507Here you can see how much wider the new facing is. This worked a treat, the new facing looks  a lot more comfortable:

IMG_2509It’s wide enough now not to flip out and doesn’t need any fiddling and adjusting.


So overall I’m really pleased with the dress and have worn it several times since these pictures were taken about six weeks ago. So much so that I already made a second version, this time in a crazy panel print!


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20 thoughts on “Burdastyle 6/2015 121# : British Racing Green Dress – Second Time Lucky

  1. Nakisha October 31, 2015 at 5:41 am Reply

    You look AMAZING!!!!

    • Chris October 31, 2015 at 1:00 pm Reply

      Thank you! I see from your blog that you are into that colour as well – it’s such a versatile colour, isn’t it?

  2. fabricfan October 31, 2015 at 6:35 am Reply

    Great style and colour.

  3. Marianne October 31, 2015 at 10:50 am Reply

    Love it!! Stunning colour and great facing solution!

    • Chris October 31, 2015 at 12:58 pm Reply

      Thank you! I could happily live in this colour (and seeing that I bought 8 metres of this fabric in a sale I might well have to 😉 )

  4. Mia October 31, 2015 at 11:27 am Reply

    WOW! I am deeply impressed by the this wonderful creation – full 10 points from me.

    • Chris October 31, 2015 at 12:57 pm Reply

      Thank you Mia (and thanks for not mentioning the less than desirable underwear situation ;-))

      • Mia October 31, 2015 at 3:10 pm

        Haha, Chris 😀 Have seen worse and all attention goes here to that nice dress!

  5. Tia Dia October 31, 2015 at 7:44 pm Reply

    WIN on the new facing. Sometimes the Burda pattern people don’t think things through, imho. I love the colour of this, and I’ve always wanted to sew this pattern, too! But I’d need industrial strength shapewear and a patterned fabric before I’d be brave enough to wear it. In an aside, I agree with you on the CF gathers providing some camouflage. Although there are people who really hate them, I’m in the love ’em camp!

    • Chris October 31, 2015 at 8:02 pm Reply

      I finished the patterned version No 2 yesterday. If I get a chance I’ll make and post some pictures so you can judge for yourself whether pattern beats solid in the camouflage department.

  6. Thimberlina November 1, 2015 at 11:07 am Reply

    Love it! The style really suits your, and well done for unpicking and fixing the neckline. I bet it would look good with a contrast facing too. 😀

  7. navybluethreads November 1, 2015 at 8:59 pm Reply

    Looking fab! I love this colour and the style is great on you. And a little gentle rushing is so much better than those huge, support pants. I’ve only tried them once and it just squished it all into a really unnatural position…

  8. Hege November 2, 2015 at 10:25 am Reply

    Very pretty dress. Looks awesome on you. Gonna sew this one too:-)

  9. SewingElle November 2, 2015 at 11:55 am Reply

    Love it! I loved this pattern too when the magazine came out. I am yet to get around to sewing it…

    • Chris November 2, 2015 at 11:38 pm Reply

      It’s quite a fast sew, so when you get round to it, you’ll have something new to wear really soon!

  10. DoctorTDesigns November 2, 2015 at 6:01 pm Reply

    I love your dress! Perfect combination of color, fit, and style. You look great!

    • Chris November 2, 2015 at 11:38 pm Reply

      Thanks you so much! 🙂

  11. Linda of Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!! November 3, 2015 at 3:49 am Reply

    Ya your facing is a lot better than their sloppy one. Love the colour and the style is very flattering!

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  13. […] are the vagaries of sewing that both my top 5 wins AND fails contain the same pattern. This British Racing green dress is a win, the Does my bum look big in this -dress a fail, both using the same pattern.  Live and […]

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