Wednesday, December 30, 2015

It's been a Burda year: Dress pattern Burda 6853 in wool and ponte

It seems only fitting that my last post and garment of 2015 was made using a Burda pattern. I'm planning to do a year end wrap up but for now I will predict that one theme will be my discovery of Burda patterns. I will always find something to sew among Vogue patterns but now I add Burda to my list of possibilities. However  - either Burda envelope patterns or PDF downloads. I just can't deal with tracing from the magazine.
Onward to this dress, Burda 6853 envelope pattern. A Burda young pattern :) I don't know what it says about me but I find a lot of the ones I like are in the young category. Anyway - I saw a review of this pattern on Pattern Review and it looked like a great winter dress, plus I could envision using up an odd piece of fabric that was too small to make anything substantial but too much to be a scrap that I would toss out.

Red grey dress on me1

A quick picture right before Christmas Dinner. I think I can hear someone telling me to come back in the house as dinner was almost ready!

Burda 6853 envelope

I thought looking at the pattern thinking that it was separate pieces in version C, but actually it is the same as the top of version A and what is shown as lace in the pattern photo is an overlay. And it is only in the front. I thought about revising the pattern to make separate upper bodice pieces for front and back, but discarded that idea as too much work. So I just made the pattern as designed, and put the red part as an overlay in the front only. For the grey part I had a remnant of fabric from this dress I made last year for Heather. It's a really nice wool boucle so it made for a warm winter dress which is just what I was looking for.

red grey dress front on form

The cranberry red ponte is leftover from this dress. I left out the zipper as the wool knit is quite stretchy and the neck opening was large enough to get my head through. I did lower the neckline a bit in the front, it was really high, like a crew neck t-shirt which is not comfortable in a dress.

red grey dress back on form

A few fit notes.  It has princess seams so I took it in and shaped the side seams a bit. I used the Burda size 38 with some increase at the hips. You can see the difference from the pattern, my skirt portion starts higher than their version. I cut out the upper portions of the dress and sewed them together, then played around with a piece of the red fabric while wearing the upper portion to decide where to attach the skirt. I'm glad I did because the bottom band hit me at an odd spot and made me look short. (shorter).

red grey neckline

I didn't line the dress but made a facing that mimics the front yoke, using a knit lining fabric.
Note that this pattern is not designed for knits, although it worked perfectly. But it does have an elbow dart in the sleeve - which is kind of noticeable on the dress form and not something you see in a knit sleeve. It bugs me a little bit that the upper back is all grey. But it doesn't bug me too much as I have worn this dress quite a few times in the last two weeks!

redgrey side view

Christmas flew by and now the new year is almost here. I hope everyone had a great holiday and I wish you a Happy New Year. I have already started on my newest project and am thinking about taking a sewing moratorium in January - if I can exercise some self control. Just to get a bunch of other project done around here. We shall see.
Or not. and then start on all the other ideas rolling around in my head.

Either way - Happy Sewing to all and here's to a great 2016 in every corner of your life!


Red grey dress on me2


  1. Really like this dress, good choice. Happy new year.

  2. I like a lot of the young Burda patterns better, as well! They are often more interesting design-wise, or more on trend. That color blocked dress is very cute! I'm not sure I remember ever seeing you in red before.

  3. I love this one. The young pattern looks great on you. You have inspired me to not look over those patterns!

  4. Congratulations on the SPR color-block contest!

  5. Great looking dress. Your proportions(higher hip line) are much more flattering than the pattern's. I hadn't noticed that pattern before. View B is really interesting. The same dress pattern but looks like a pleated skirt and Chanel type jacket.

  6. Great new dress - love the grey and red combo. Happy New Year to you and yours!

  7. I like a lot of those Young patterns too, and actually have this very one in my stash. Your dress turned out great and looked perfect for Christmas. Happy New Year!

  8. Cute and cosy Beth. Congrats on winning the colour blocking contest too. Happy new year!

  9. Congrats on winning the PR contest!
    Thanks for all your posts; I enjoy reading them.
    I've been using your tip about cutting the shoulders in on sleeveless dresses and it really does look better.
    Happy New Year!

  10. That's a lovely dress Beth! and suits you so well. I'm glad to read you had a nice Christmas,... wishing you a very Happy New Year and all the best for 2016; I look forward to seeing what you make next!

  11. Love this dress! Congratulations on winning the color block contest! I look forward to all your inspiring posts in 2016!