Monday, 19 September 2011

Burda girl's dress #151, issue 11/2010

On a whim, I made this little dress for my daughter yesterday morning. Obviously the kids were playing together exceptionally nicely; Saturday morning sewing is quite rare in this home.

I only had 0.7m of the fabric (a medium weight textured Japanese cotton from Tessuti fabrics), and my daughter wasn't sure she liked the fabric - but she agreed to suspend judgement.

The dress was really quick to make; the pattern (Burda magazine 11/2010-151) was already traced out from her recent birthday dress - and this sort of cotton is very pleasant and trouble-free to sew.  Some minor modifications: sleeves left off, a narrower skirt with pleats not gathers, an angled patch pocket, and some trim from Lincraft (all around the hemline but only on the front neckline).

Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Today was a two-party day for my daughter, and with choices including her Tinkerbell dress, a Snow  White dress and her birthday dress, she chose to wear the new blue dress.

Judgement has been passed - it's a success. And worn all the way to bedtime.

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Back onto grownup sewing, I've finished my grey wool trousers but haven't yet taken their pictures, and have started a cheap (hopefully wearable) version of the kimono sleeve Vena Cava dress (V1228).

And I'm mulling over ideas for a colour blocked linem version of this dress, V1074. 

These are the colours I was thinking (and that I have in my stash).  Any thoughts? Would these colours look alright? They remind me of gelati and sunsets. The weather is heating up...

I don't have enough of any one of these for a whole dress, and probably have only just enough of the pink for the bodice and straps. Your views would be much appreciated.


  1. Very cute dress, the ruffles are just the right touch! I like the linen colours together, the pink for the bodice and straps sounds nice.

  2. Wonderful! I'm sure your girl is the smartest girl your place! Love the combo gray - pink, these colors complement each other perfectly, looking forward ....

  3. I LOVE V 1074. Please make it up in color block! Darling daughter dress.

  4. I forgot to add....the colors are perfect.

  5. Your daughter's dress is so pretty. I wish I had had girls to sew for. You are one of the few bloggers that uses Burda magazine patterns to make kid's clothes. I have always thought they had some really nice patterns for kids clothes and wondered why no one seemed to use them. I enjoyed seeing your sheer garments.

  6. Thanks everyone for the votes FOR the linen colour combo dress - yay - now to try not to let other ideas distract me:-).

    Audrey, I've been surprised too not to see more blog action on the Burda kids' patterns as they seem to be rather current looking AND fit well. It's possible that there's a parallel, non-intersecting blogging community that's all about Burda for kids though isn't it....?

  7. Just hopped over from Burda to see more of your lovely creations. I love this little dress. It has been on my list to do for ages so thank you for moving it back to the top of my mental list. I too get distracted when other ideas sneak in! Loving those misty colours... do it, do it!

  8. Such a pretty little girl dress. She looks lovely, and the rainbow cheeks are a perfect accessory.:)
    Your gelati fabrics would look terrific in the vogue pattern, elegant and summerish all at once.


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