Burdastyle ca 8/2016: The Otavalo Dress

Remember when I went to Ecuador and bought some fabric at the market in Otavalo? Well, I finally used the fabric and made a dress (to be exact, I’m finally blogging about the dress which I made late in 2016…)

Here I am, clutching my BFF for courage, showing off this dress, but mainly my hair, which, in a deviation to my usual customs, has had everything in the world done to it today. I took the change to photograph any number of blog projects, so you`ll be able to enjoy my upgraded hair style for a few more posts before we go back to normal. I didn’t realise how expensive hair salons are, so I’m making the most of my money!

Sorry, I digress – back to the dress: it’s got pocketses!

The fabric is not a dressmaking fabric, I believe in Ecuador it’s typically used as a throw or a table cloth. It’s quite heavy and rigid without any stretch whatsoever.

I used a Burda pattern, I believe it might be from 8/2016, but I can’t be sure as my Burda collection is in a state of slight disarray right now.

But can I draw your attention to that pattern matching across the CF and CB?


And across the bodice/sleeve:

Now really, if that doesn’t make your heart sing, then frankly, I think you may not have a heart!

Apart from the pattern placement, this was an easy sew. However, the dress is very, very thight at the arms and consequently quite restrictive. If I were to make the pattern again, I’d have to change the sleeves in some way. I’ve worn the dress to work a few times and I love the vibrant look, but in the end of the day it’s just not that practical.

My next blog post will very likely contain my Thailand collection, so I’m staying with the travel theme! And the nice hair! 🙂


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7 thoughts on “Burdastyle ca 8/2016: The Otavalo Dress

  1. Donnalee January 12, 2018 at 7:33 pm Reply

    It IS very striking, and good for you with the matching. Maybe a little er gusset of some sort under the arms in black would help make it more wearable for you…? It has been so long since I sewed on any regular basis that my language about it is as bad as my atrophied skills!

  2. Tia Dia January 12, 2018 at 9:16 pm Reply

    Raising the armscye will make movement easier if you cannot add a gusset. I believe the Threads website has a tutorial by Kenneth King on how to add a gusset in order to give sleeves more movement.

    My mother traveled to Bolivia about 20 years ago and brought me back a hand-woven table cloth in similar vibrant colours. It is polyester, so it has held up well to repeated food stains and washings. I love the cheerful colours in it, like your dress!

  3. Anne W January 12, 2018 at 10:25 pm Reply

    The fabric is devine! Brilliant pattern matching too 😀

  4. ellegeemakes January 13, 2018 at 5:14 pm Reply

    Chris, this is such a gorgeous dress!! You’ve got to find a way to make it comfortable because this is not the sort of thing you should allow to hang in your closet. I’ve adjusted the armsyce before with some success on a dress a few years back. I think I found how to do it by just searching the internet. Good luck!

  5. Marianne January 14, 2018 at 2:09 pm Reply

    Perfect pattern matching! The armscye looks a bit deep, any chance of raising it?

  6. Hila January 25, 2018 at 4:47 pm Reply

    Chris I love this dress! I love it so much that you shouldnt let me anywhere near it! Beautiful colours and the stripe play is beyond perfection!

    • Chris January 25, 2018 at 4:54 pm Reply

      Ahh, thank you! In fact I think it would suit you beautifully!

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