Saturday, April 11, 2009

Review for Dress - Burda 2/2009 #105

Pattern Review

Pattern: Burda Fashion 2/2009 #105

Description: From the magazine: “Sporty and sexy! This close-fitting shirtwaister dress attractively reveals pretty knees and flatters the figure. Its cross-stretch fabric provides for freedom of movement while the buttoned-up front fastening and broad belt accentuates the retro look.”

Sizing: 38 to 46, I made a 38, my normal Burda size and it isn't that close fitting.

Instructions: Really very good, especially for Burda magazine. It was easy to follow and had you reference design 106 a couple of times. This wasn’t that much of an issue since the instructions for design #105 and #106 were on the same page.

Loved the looks and lines of this shirtwaist dress. I was initially drawn to design # 106, which looks like a skirt and blouse but after looking thoroughly at this issue, I realized 105 was the same dress only in a print. And I had a wonderful black and white cotton stretch in my stash.

No dislikes at all, great pattern and garment.

I omitted the inseam pockets. No more than I wear a dress, I thought this step was not needed for me. I also left off the front pocket from the bodice. My fabric was a busy design and this pocket would have been lost. I did make the sleeves a bit longer, from the pattern piece it was a bit too much of a cap sleeve length.

A wonderful stretch cotton from Fashionista Fabrics.

Conclusion: A great dress that I will enjoy wearing very much. In fact, it is my Easter dress and then I think I will wear it the following weekend for my daughter’s first bridal shower.

Here you can see the seams of the skirt:


Bodice picture:

Now help me with the belt decision, or all of them would probably be okay and change up the look.
Wide black:



The red one here won't work, purchased to wear with jeans and low on the hip, so it is way to big in the waist. I have it clipped in the back for the picture. We went to the mall today with a long list and I didn't get to the red belt. We did buy 8th grade dance shoes, 8th grade promotion dresses and shoes, another dress for candlelighter, and one pair of shoes for the wedding. Remember all the 8th grade events call for double purchases as this is for the twins. I tell you they tried on lots of dresses.
I tried on a couple of dresses for the wedding, started to get some ideas of what I want to wear. I better hurry, just over 2 months!
Happy Easter all.


  1. Looks great! I like the monochromatic look of the black belt, think the white one gets lost somehow. I think the width of the black is really key so wider on the red or white might help.

  2. Beth Conky5:52 AM

    I think all the belts look good. Lean towards the red- like the contrast. My daughter is getting married June 6th. I'm making her dress, my other daughters dress and mine. Have not started on any of them. Need to ASAP.

  3. I like the black, but especially like the red. You are small, so you can pull off a red belt. Team with red shoes--wow!

  4. I like the black belt of the three you posted, but I think if you found a nice red or even yellow belt for contrast, that would look nice as well. Very pretty dress...I will have to put that one on my short list (which isn't very short!!!)

  5. Anonymous10:07 AM

    That dress came out fabulous!!! I really like the red belt, seconded by the black.

  6. i vote for a wide red belt. the black is my next choice.

    thanks for the reminder about 8th grade end of the year stuff.

    you have a lot to do in the next few months. :)

  7. Hi Lori, Great dress! I like the red if you could find it wider. If not, the black looks nice. Yellow would be very Springy!

  8. Beautiful dress and perfect for you, I can really picture you in this one. I like red with red shoes or black with black shoes - actually nearly any bright contrast color with matching shoes or some accessory will probably look great:))

  9. Cute dress! Your belts definitely add a pop of color too.

    I'm totally behind in reading my fav blogs, but I am updated on yours now. Love how the quilt turned out, all your cute bags, the Jalie top, and your sewing room looks fab (you have so much space - lucky you)!!!!

  10. Love the dress and the fabric you chose for it. The red belt would be very nice with matching shoes. The black is very good too.

  11. Love it! Well done!