Hot! The “Bird’s Eye View” Dress | Debi Fry


The Facts

Fabric: 1 metre of Japanese Kokka cotton from Retrosaria fabric store in Lisbon £8, 1.5 metres of blue twill (ebay UK score) £2, 1 metre white cotton sheet from charity store, £1
Pattern: The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook Dress
Year: c.  2011
Notions: 22'' zipper, £.05

Time to complete: 7 hours 

Wear again? yes!

Total Cost: ~£11

Picture 21I was thrilled we were going to try out patterns in the BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook for this week's challenge! I really love the BurdaStyle community but haven't sewn very much with the patterns.  In fact, one of my goals for this next year of sewing is to get better at using the amazing Burda patterns!

There are three variations of the main dress pattern shown in the book.  I used the main dress block but made significant changes.  I wanted a bit of a mod look (with a longer hemline) so took the basic collar line of this dress (which is very 60's!) and didn't use the keyhole or ruffle bit! 

I also knew that I wanted to have different fabric on top and bottom–to create an illusion of separates!



One of the dress variations in the book is from Casey (of Casey's Elegant Musings).  For that pattern there is a great illustration of how to self-draft front and back facings for the dress.  The fabric I was using for the bodice is a delicious Japanese Kokka lightweight gauze fabric.  It's slightly see-through on its own so I ended up underlining the entire bodice with white cotton. The original dress design has instructions for lining the entire dress, but since I was only underlining the bodice, I used Casey's instructions for creating the facings! 

Picture 22
I also had a bit of fun hemming the dress with some matching red bias tape! 

I handpicked the zipper (switching thread colours between the top and the skirt) which runs down the back of the dress!  The gauze fabric is great because you can't even see the handpicked stitches:

I can just hear you now…'Debi, don't you live in Scotland?  Doesn't it get cold there?'  Why yes, it does!  A dress like this is perfect for layering to get a suit effect!  In fact, this is how I was wearing it today–with a nice wool jacket (not me-made but from my favourite Scottish company).  I have been eyeing a certain Burda cape pattern that I think would look delicious in this navy twill (with red piping?) to go with this dress!

I really like the shape of the dress and can see so many different variations!!

It's my blogiversary this week (2 years since I started blogging!) Stop over to my blog to see some new projects (and giveaways!)  xoxoxo


Debi from My Happy Sewing Place

Debi Fry LOVES vintage patterns. She started sewing in 2009 and has been going since. In 2011, she participated in the Sew Weekly challenge and looks forward to the new challenges that lie in store!


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  1. What a beautiful dress and beautiful photos! You’re definitely selling this book to me.

  2. Very pretty and practical – the Japanese fabrics are great to sew with and comfortable to wear. Nicely done!

  3. I agree with Anna – making it look like separates is such a good idea – makes it unique.

  4. I love when you play around with decades other then the 40s…the mod look is good on you!

  5. Love the illusion of separation that you created in this dress. The combination of fabrics is totally cool. Sooo pretty!

  6. Debi, you are so cute! I love how this dress turned out.

  7. I’m in love with this dress!!!

  8. Really pretty Debi, great job!

  9. this is one of my favorites! that skirt length is just perfect on you.

  10. love this dress, it suits you perfectly. the illusion of separates was a really inspired way to go!

  11. Absolutely stunning! I really like how the raspberry jacket compliments all the elements of the dress. So pretty!

  12. Great interpretation of the pattern. The sportiness of separates with the ease of a single garment. Very good use of the book’s instructions and suggestions to truly make the dress your own

  13. That’s such a great shade of dark blue! This whole outfit works really well. Nice job!

  14. Debi this dress is stunning – it looks lovely on you! Also, you live in the most beautiful place in the world – love the photos!

  15. Love the separate look. The dress is very flattering. Can’t wait to get the book. It is on my Christmas list.

  16. It’s a great shape on you Debi! I think this year has shown you have an inner ‘Mod’ and should try a 60s shape more often!

  17. I love that you are mixing things up Debi, this dress looks great on you. I like the red bias tape hem too. Yep she’s a winner!

  18. Absolutely sweet! It’s perfect with the jacket too:)