Two Burda’s

For some reason I’ve made plenty of Burda World of Fashion patterns over the years, but I have never made up one of their envelope patterns.   Another thing I never realized until yesterday is that Jo-Ann’s discounts Burda 40% every day just like the Big 4.  Have I been living in some alternate sewing universe?  These caught my eye yesterday while I was picking up the zipper for Abby’s Ralph Rucci gown which  is about 90% done – yeah!


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Both of the patterns are up next for me when we get back from ADA Nationals:

7658 reminds me of a simpler version of Vogue 1048, Ralph Rucci’s shirtwaist dress from last summer.  I think both envelope photos of this dress look great, a crisp fabric works as well as a crinkled one.  This is a  great work dress, not too revealing but still good for hot weather.  I’ll lower the hem to just below the knee and bring the buttons all the way down to the hem (why do they always end at crotch height?)  This pattern has a more conventionally drafted bodice that lends itself to an FBA, and I recall a few people  noting that making an FBA alteration to the Rucci dress was challenging.


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Summer 2009 is the season of the Maxi Dress and I’ve been keen to find a pattern I like because I think this will be a one season trend.   7699 is just what I want, it’s a little more sporty than most and doesn’t have the spaghetti straps and empire waist of what I’ve seen in RTW; that’s a look that I can’t pull off.    The front gather looks familiar; this detail has appeared pretty frequently this year on knit tops.  We have an August family reunion in Mystic, Connecticut  and this dress will be perfect; I’ll be able to make my maxi dress statement while this trend is still on the fashion radar.

Not sure what fabrics I’ll use; although I do have a nice pique in the stash that may work for 7658 and of course Ann has the best knits so lots of choices there!

6 Responses to Two Burda’s

  1. Cidell June 28, 2009 at 6:09 pm #

    I realized last night that I have about half a dozen Burda envelope patterns that I’ve never used! The second one you’re showing was in one of the magazines. I can’t recall if it’s been reviewed on PR. I’m looking forward to your comparison of magazine vs. envelope.

  2. Ann's Fashion Studio June 28, 2009 at 7:03 pm #

    I love the shirt dress pattern. It is definitely something I would wear and looks so comfortable.

  3. Gigi June 28, 2009 at 10:20 pm #

    Those are both really nice – they must be new as I don’t recall having seen them before. I really like the draped front on the 2nd one so I think I need to add that to my collection!

  4. Summerset June 29, 2009 at 5:04 pm #

    I have some Burda envelope patterns and I find they’re like the magazine, except no tracing and the seam allowances are included.

    The second one is in BWOF 4/08, the cover dresses are the same as what was shown in the mag. I made the dress as a top last year in one of Ann’s jersies, and matching camisole to go with it. Here’s the post:

  5. Nancy k July 3, 2009 at 1:30 pm #

    That second one looks familiar, like its in a BWOF.

  6. KristenI July 4, 2009 at 4:55 pm #

    Yep, I made up the 7699 from BWOF in the the brown w/red stripes as pictured. I got the lighter weight rayon fabric from FFC, turned out to be so-so quality. I had difficulties with the stripes, but that was due to my inexperience. :) I recommend it, and it went together very fast.

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