I had the honour of being a guest on The Saturday Night Stitch Podcast where it discussed my experience with sewing a Burda style pattern for the very first time. Hila from Saturday Night Stitch has inspired me to venture into Burda Style patterns with how easy she makes sewing with them seem like. If you have followed Saturday Night Sitch on both her blog and Youtube, you know of her love for Burda style patterns and her amazing pieces of clothing she continues to make from them.
For my very first project, I decided to go with a simple pattern that did not require any closures as I was not sure if the instructions would have helped a lot. I sewed up the lovely blouse #103 from 03/2019 issue in a lovely cotton fabric gifted to me by Fabrics for all.
Fabrics for all is a small fabric store in Leeds, with an online presence, which stocks many beautiful fabrics. I am honoured to be a part of their blogger team which means I am given some fabric in return for a review in the form of a blog post. A review of this pattern can be found on the Fabrics for all website.
Listen in for the detailed interview on my experience and probably it might get inspired to give Burda Style patterns ago. You honestly have more to gain with Burda Style patterns considering the value of the patterns you get at the price of the magazine.
Our 10th wedding anniversary was fast approaching and I thought of making a beautiful dress to wear to dinner at our anniversary mini-moon. I remember passing by my local fabric store and I had some time to spare which led me to the pattern books. I passed through quite many of them but the Burda 6829 stood out for me and I knew it was the one.
Burda 6829 is a multi-sized dress pattern that goes from size 8 up to size 18. And it comes in two options A and B of which the only difference between the two is the length from the waist to the hem. Option B is 3 inches or 8 cms longer than option A.
This Pattern is fitted dress with waist gathers on one side which makes it rather flattering. It is recommended for a 4-way stretch fabric which makes fitting it much easier compared to woven fabrics.
From the pattern sizing recommendations, I was meant to make
size 36 /10 whoever when I read recommendations from others who had sewed up
this dress, they all seemed to recommend sizing down to the next size. I cut up
the smallest size (size 34/8) and it was my perfect size. And I also went for option B which slightly
longer as I found it more appealing.
The instructions were easy to follow and It comes together
quite fast as it is with most knit fabrics if you are able to sew it up with an
overlocking machine /serger.
The interfacing used for the neckline seemed to have been of concern of most people who had sewed up this dress as it kept popping out since it was not anchored anywhere inside the dress. So I decided to omit it and instead folded the neckline over once and sewed it down using my coverstitch machine.
I used this gorgeous knit velvet fabric in wine from Minerva Crafts which sewed up really well. And it also washed very well, however, extra care was taken while ironing it (I guess it is the case with most velvets) as it almost melted on me before I had lowered heat of my iron.
I made a sway back adjustment on the pattern piece.
I omitted the neckline interfacing.
The dress came out really well and it honestly exceeded my
expectations and of course the hubby’s too.
I was really chuffed about it. I can confidently say that this is the
most fluttering and smartest dress I have ever made in my less than 2 years of
I Plan to sew up this pattern again and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a smart occasion dress to wear.
Josephine is an entrepreneur, blogger, public health professional who loves sewing, baking and is passionate about a healthy and natural lifestyle.