Hot! the Blue Burda dress

Honestly, I don’t have a huge amount to say this week.  Its been a busy and somewhat frustrating past few weeks including me spilling coffee on my beloved Mac, a crazy heat wave, a hurt foot, and now not feeling good.  There have been plenty of good things too and just listing them out reminds me how much my problems are first world problems.  So on to the dress.  I got the Burda Style book for Christmas and thought I would make everything right away.  Instead it sat on my shelf until I started trying to figure out what to do with this blue with red flowers fabric I bought on clearance this winter.  At first I was going to do a tent like dress with a belt but I knew I wouldn’t be happy with that but I only had 2 yards so my choices were limited and this little dress fit the bill.  I tapered between two sizes which is my norm.  The only fit problem I had was that the back stuck up funny so I modified the back to v down which I like better plus it eliminated the problem by leaving it on the cutting room floor.

The Facts

Fabric: 2 yards of blue with red flowers from JoAnn’s on sale for $7.00 total plus 2 yards of navy broadcloth $12.00

Notions:  3 navy thread cones and a red invisible zipper not sure what they cost

Pattern:  Dress from the Burda Style book

Year: 2011

First worn: pictures

Wear again: yes

Time to make:  Grabbed moments over 3 weeks.  It didn’t really take that long though.  I’ve just been busy.



Stephanie mother tried to teach her how to sew growing up but she didn't really get serious about it until her 4 year old daughter was born and she wanted to put her in fancy smocked dresses. Since then, she has learned to smock and sew. Her blog and screen name come from the initials of her two children Elijah who is 8 and Emily who is 4.


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  1. Glad to know I’m not the only one who let her BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook collect dust on the shelf. Even gladder to see you broke free and made the very dress I’d considered tackling. The navy hem is a nice touch and your back neckline fix was clever. The last time that back neckline stick-out thing happen to me, I ended up to doing an adjustment for rounded back. Not sure if it was my body or the pattern that caused it, but I wish I’d thought of your v-back idea.

  2. Hi Stephanie, great dress design, love the back fix, very clever. Hope next week is a little easier for you. Sew happy.

  3. Adorable dress! I especially like the ruffle at the neck and around the bottom. Your adjustments to the pattern made for a very flattering fit. Success after all :)

  4. Stephanie, the dress looks great, well done!

  5. Wish all of our problems could end up on the cutting room floor! I think this dress is really pretty and I’m glad you put in the extra effort to make something you knew you’d like. I’m sorry you’ve been having a hard time and it’s good to keep yourself grounded by realizing that things could be worse but it still doesn’t feel very good. Hope next week is better!

  6. Love this dress. So cute and looks good on you. Happy sewing.

  7. I hope you’ve had a better week (my heart goes out to you getting coffee on your Mac), what you’ve achieved in spite of that, the heatwave, hurting your foot etc is quite remarkable. Fab dress, love the hem in particular and love your solution to a high centreback neckline. You made a great dress and made improvements…you rock.

  8. It looks lovely on you! I like the various shades of blue – a perfect summer dress!