Remember when I bought three Burda paper patterns at Christmas? Well, I’ve already shared the twist one with you, and here are the other two!
When I picked these patterns, I specifically wanted something new and experimental – something unlike the more basic indie patterns that I usually sew! I really enjoyed sewing them all, and learned my standard Burda adjustments:
- 1.5″ petite adjustment above the bust
- add width from waist down, because the paper pattern size range is too small for me.
(I know it’s unfashionable to buy patterns that need grading, but because I sew everything in a knit, it’s just a matter of cutting an extra inch as I trim the tissue paper. I’ve also sewn a few Burda Plus designs, and I enjoy their range of options too… even if their plus size range could do with expanding higher.
That said… I did reach out to their Instagram account twice and very cheerfully and politely suggest that they feature more of their plus size patterns… and crickets. Messages were read and no response. I’m pissed, frankly, because that’s not ok. Still trying to decide what to do about it. What would you do? *edited: I decided to post on Instagram and more publicly ask people to encourage Burda’s account to share more inclusive images. We’ll see where that ends up!)
Let’s look at this batwing number first! The high neckline and T-shape are ticking my Kibbe Gamine boxes, and the combo with the tulip skirt and pockets give it a real hourglass shape without being remotely formfitting! I find this one really fun to wear. In a perfect world I probably would have made it a smidge shorter and I’d wear it with a belt… but I hate belts!
I usually don’t like pleats or pockets, but I do enjoy both on this dress! I sewed it in a poly double knit with a metallic ribbed texture… one of those ones that defies description but is fun nonetheless!
I do think I’ll make it again sometime – what kind of fabric should I try next? Would something drapier be good or bad?
Next, the least successful of the three:
Can you tell that this has interesting asymmetrical seams and draping? Nope, me neither. I was curious about this one because Kibbe suggests 1920’s dropped waists for flamboyant gamines, and it’s certainly not a style I’ve tried before. Well, two problems:
1. My butt didn’t fit! I thought with all the draping, there would definitely be enough room for my tush without adding width the the weird shaped pieces… but then we hit upon problem #2!
2. Boring Butt Burdas! All three patterns are party in the front, boring in the back! For the black dress I actually used the front pleated piece twice – the back is supposed to be a slim pencil skirt. The back of the leopard dress is just slightly A-line (even with the invisible interesting seaming) and in the end I had to add a big triangular wedge to one side!
Why the boring butts, Burda? Wouldn’t it be better like this?
Yeah, that’s me wearing the dress forwards and backwards. I can imagine maybe sewing a summer sleeveless version of this pattern again, with the asymmetric hem in both front and back. And maybe some colour blocking or stripes, to show off the seaming? It’s worth a try, at least!
I aways say that it’s the process of sewing that I enjoy most – and this is a prime example! The leopard dress is never going to be worn, and that is totally fine with me. (No point trying to convince me otherwise, too – it’s so DULL and unbalanced in real life!) All of these dresses were fun to sew, none of the fabric was more than $7/m, and they got me back into sewing after months away from it. Win-win-win, in my books!