Paul-Löbe-Haus, Berlin

Stripes & Ruffles - me-made dress Burdastyle pattern 117 06/2017, silver Abro bag, Oscar de la Renta sunglasses, silver flats ... Sewionista.com ... Sewing ... Slow Fashion ... DIY

It’s been some time since I last blogged on here, even though I have been sewing quite a lot lately. However, I’ve been really unmotivated when it comes blogging about it. I’ve sewn today’s striped dress with the beloved  pattern of Burdastyle, which everybody seems to have sewn last summer. If I remember correctly, it has been Frau März, who started the hype around this pattern. I also really liked her gingham version, but on the one hand I already have a lot of gingham pieces hanging in my closet (e.g. this dress, skirt, top) and on the other hand I sew to wear what nobody else is wearing. Nevertheless, the idea of Frau März to sew this feminine dress with a graphic pattern and to style it in a casual way has convinced me that I need such a dress. I almost used my own dress pattern to make this dress as many had fitting problems especially in the shoulder area. Ever since I started creating my own patterns, I seldom sew with other sewing patterns. But as I don’t want this blog to become a pure promotion of my own patterns, I try to sew other patterns also every once in a while. You can read more about my experiences with this pattern below:

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OUTFIT

Dress: me-made pattern 117 Burdastyle 06/2017
Sunglasses: Halston Heritage via TK Maxx
Ring: Six
Bag: Abro (2nd Hand)
Flats: Zign via Zalando
Nailpolish: Essie “Bikini so teeny”

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Stripes & Ruffles - me-made dress Burdastyle pattern 117 06/2017, silver Abro bag, Oscar de la Renta sunglasses, silver flats ... Sewionista.com ... Sewing ... Slow Fashion ... DIY

Stripes & Ruffles - me-made dress Burdastyle pattern 117 06/2017, silver Abro bag, Oscar de la Renta sunglasses, silver flats ... Sewionista.com ... Sewing ... Slow Fashion ... DIY

Pattern: Burdastyle #117 06/2017

Difficulty: ●●○○○

Size: 36 (my usual size)

Stripes & Ruffles - me-made dress Burdastyle pattern 117 06/2017, silver Abro bag, Oscar de la Renta sunglasses, silver flats ... Sewionista.com ... Sewing ... Slow Fashion ... DIY

Stripes & Ruffles - me-made dress Burdastyle pattern 117 06/2017, silver Abro bag, Oscar de la Renta sunglasses, silver flats ... Sewionista.com ... Sewing ... Slow Fashion ... DIY

Materials & Costs:
Fabric: striped cotton from Maybachufer Market = 3 €/m
Haberdashery: button from my stash = 0.50 €
Total = 2 m x 3 €/m + 0.50 € = 6.50 €

Stripes & Ruffles - me-made dress Burdastyle pattern 117 06/2017, silver Abro bag, Oscar de la Renta sunglasses, silver flats ... Sewionista.com ... Sewing ... Slow Fashion ... DIY

Stripes & Ruffles - me-made dress Burdastyle pattern 117 06/2017, silver Abro bag, Oscar de la Renta sunglasses, silver flats ... Sewionista.com ... Sewing ... Slow Fashion ... DIY

Pattern Modifications: The dress was quite shapeless when I tried it on for the 1st time. I only shortened it by 2 cm but just that small change has already made a difference. In addition, I lengthened the ruffle at the sleeve to 10 cm  and gathered it more as the sleeve ruffle seemed rather measly compared to the one at the hem.

Conclusion: Luckily, my shoulders are more on the narrow side, otherwise I would have had fitting problems as so many before me. The shoulder area is really narrow and everybody with regular or wider shoulder will have to modify the pattern to make it fit. Additionally, I’m still contemplating shortening the sleeves as the 3/4 length only works for a very short time of the year. The small changes I made, have really changed my opinion about this dress. I’m really loving wearing it and have already received several compliments for it. A new favourite piece for sure, but I’m not sure whether I need another dress like this in my closet.

Stripes & Ruffles - me-made dress Burdastyle pattern 117 06/2017, silver Abro bag, Oscar de la Renta sunglasses, silver flats ... Sewionista.com ... Sewing ... Slow Fashion ... DIY