burda sheath dress

I’m not usually a big Burda fan, but as soon as I saw this dress I knew I had to make it.

I had only ever made one pattern from Burda before, a skirt which I didn’t even finish because it was obvious that it was going to be way too big and hideous. So I had my reservations about this dress pattern which turned out to be totally unfounded. It fits great and I only had to take in the waist seam a bit.
The fabric is a lovely, soft flannel which is heavenly to wear.

I have to admit I’m not fond of adding seam allowances at the cutting stage. It’s probably just that I’m not used to it, but I felt it makes the sewing more inaccurate and in retrospect I’d have loved to do french seams which would have been harder with wonky seam allowances as well. So next time I’ll stick with my usual procedure and add the seam allowance to the pattern pieces before cutting. I finished the seams with zig-zag – not too fond of that either, it looks too messy for my liking. Yep, french seams really is the way for me!
I knew I would need to line the dress, because I’d wear it with tights and the flannel would stick to those. I thought about how I was going to go about lining it for a couple of days until I realized – I can just make a half-slip with an elastic waist and be done with it!

So that’s what I did, using some left over lining fabric (left over from a skirt I’ll post soon, yay). I just took my hip measurement, cut two rectangles and made a casing to thread some elastic through – no pattern, done in 30 minutes. I didn’t even take the time to iron it, obviously. Here’s a good tutorial though if you need instructions. And I can wear the slip with any other dress as well!

Worn with my Salme cropped blazer and a vintage orange coral necklace, another thrift store treasure.
I made two more alterations to the pattern: I shortened the hem slightly (though I think I may have overdone it here) and skipped the back zipper. Yep, skipped. I originally intended to insert a side seam zipper but I found that when the dress was done I could still pull it over my head if I took care.
All in all, I’m completely in love with this dress. It’s flattering yet super comfy and easy to dress up or down. And I’ve had lots of compliments at work for how cute it looks 🙂


18 thoughts on “burda sheath dress

  1. smunch

    Love it! I like the way the side darts shape the dress and I love your fabric choice as always. That looks like such a perfect winter dress. Burda patterns are crazy, and after the first one I have learned to add the seam allowance directly to the pattern – and I do add enough for a french seam, I agree I love french seams and can’t stand zigzag (and will never afford a serger).

    I’m having a duh moment with your slip – like, duh, why don’t I make a 30 minute slip for all my staticky dresses too?! I’m gonna do it!


    1. Kristina

      Good to know I’m not the only one who can’t seem to work with patterns with no seam allowance 🙂 I’ve thought about buying a cheap serger but then it would probably be crap and it would be one more thing to crowd my sewing space…and I’m nostalgic enough to like seam finishes that have been around forever, so french seams it is 🙂

      Haha, I know, I had the same duh moment! For days I was thinking about lining the dress and researched different ways to line clothes. Then I got lost in the flow of making it and realized I had forgotten to do it! And then I suddenly thought of the half slip and realized I could have spared me a lot of thinking and researching :))

      I’m actually going to make “full” slips next, kind of like this pattern ( without the waist gathering): http://pinterest.com/pin/61361613644501852/

      Have fun making yours 🙂


  2. Neus

    It turned on very well! Perfect for winter time!
    I’m a bit scared of Burda patterns, I find them a pretty messy. The truth is that some nice grannies told me that once you know your mesuraments exactly, Burda garaments fits perfect on you.
    Have a nice week!


    1. Kristina

      I agree, they are a bit messy. This pattern has really encouraged me to try some more Burda patterns though, so we’ll see how that goes!


  3. poppyandredclover

    Das Kleid ist wunderschön geworden! Und ich finde, es sieht überhaupt nicht wie eine Tischdecke aus! Ich habe mir ein paar Burda-Schnitte ausgesucht, die ich unbedingt irgendwann einmal ausprobieren möchte, aber bislang hat mir der Mut dazu noch gefehlt. Vielleicht sollte ich es doch versuchen? Wunderschön kombiniert 🙂


    1. Kristina

      Danke schön :)) Ich hatte mich von Burda ja bisher auch fern gehalten, aber ich bin froh, dass ich es nochmal ausprobiert habe! Also nur Mut 🙂



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