Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Summer to fall transitional dress: Burda 7-2011-122B

Though the nights have turned cool, the days have retained a sunny warmth, and with these last days of summer in mind I recently made Burda 07-2011-122B:






Burda 7-2011-122B

Really, I was desperate to sew with this divine cotton voile from Elliot Berman ($13/yard).  The fabric is so soft and flowy that I wouldn't be surprised if it contains a bit of silk.

The only change I made was to raise the neckline slit a bit (rather scandalous as is, don't you think?  I love how Burda billed it as 'businesswear" in the magazine spread!). 


I finished the entire inside of the dress with french seams, including the pockets thanks to Trina's super-helpful tut.

Though I had so many summer fabrics that I never got a chance to sew due to our moving, my mind is now fully committed to fall sewing.  I'll undoubtedly find new fall fabrics at this weekend's rescheduled NYC Garment District meet-up.  Hope to see some of you there.

34 comments:

SEWN said...

Awesome you're coming! Yeah! Oh and the dress is gorgeous. Are you wearing it on Saturday?

Sheila said...

Lovely dress and it looks so comfortable and carefree.

Sherry said...

A perfect late summer dress - very relaxed looking. With the marina in the background it makes me want to go on holiday!
I've put a Burda top I made in my alteration pile because the neck is just-too-plunging!
Look forward to seeing your fabric acquisitions!

Vintage Girl said...

You are cute as a button in this pretty dress. so sweet, make a bunch of them in different colors.

Amber Elayne said...

I am in love with this dress and was just off to buy some material to make it as a transitional piece (add tights and turtleneck et voila, autumn wear!)

I feel this is a sign that I should get started immediately! You look great!

Karin said...

Perfect September dress. I like the wharf side setting for the pics too:-). Have fun shopping, wish I could be there! I will be in NYC the first week of November, so I'll get my chance- I hate having to wait and missing out on seeing all of you guys in person, though.

toy said...

I love how relax this look, perfect for the background of the photo, you said its a transition piece so how do you intend to wear it in the fall?

Eugenia said...

A very lovely, casual and easy to wear dress! The fabric is pretty - I really like the colours in the print - just right for a transition piece.

littlebetty said...

I love it! So cool and relaxed. Definitely not business apparel.

Hatty said...

Yes, that's a nice dress but I did laugh at loud at the Burda description in the magazine. What kind of business does a girl do in a very short, very plunging dress? No, don't answer that....

Shelly said...

Nice casual dress that looks so comfy. I wondered at the businesswear label too. Did they think that just because it's black it's for business. Not that neckline IMHO ;)

molly said...

Very pretty! I never would have given that dress a second thought, but on you it totally works

Sophia said...

Great dress, it's definitely a perfect summer dress. I just discovered Elliot Berman's online store the other day. I'm looking forward to perusing the site and buying a few things.

Sew Green With Envy said...

I've been wanting to make that dress too. Yours looks wonderful and I like your choice in photo settings. I was going to wait to make this until next summer but I really like Amber's idea of tights and turtleneck....

Rachel said...

That is very pretty. I really love the fabric and your shoes look great with it.

Clio said...

Great Dress! Yeah, I don't know who Burda is designing their "work appropriate" clothing for.

Wish I could go on Saturday! Oh well.

MushyWear said...

I love the casual, yet put together vibe. The fabric must be heaven in the heat. Very nice!

Georgina said...

I hope you had great weather at Mystic, we did a day trip in August then had lunch at Abbots further down to the left on the shoreline!! Love the color for of the dress for a great end of summer fling!!! The shoes go perfectly!!

meli88a said...

What a cute dress!

Burda is mystifying. Why is it business wear in the magazine? How do they keep the placket on the model from flopping open? Who knows?

knitmachinequeen (KMQ) said...

Great dress.

Gail said...

Perfect summer dress. I think I want one too.

Lindsay T said...

Now that is a cute dress. How'd I miss that? Love the photo shoot. Happy hunting this Saturday.

MySummerTouch said...

I love this fabric and this print! Thank you for reviewing this dress!

McVal said...

Ooh! Very nice! I'll have to check out that tutorial!

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mahaila said...

Nice! i have this pattern but haven't made it yet. Your creation makes me want to pull it out and start sewing. A lovely sunny dress:)

The Slapdash Sewist said...

I love it! That pattern definitely did not strike me in the magazine, but seeing it made up makes me want it.

amber said...

I really liked that dress in the magazine and I like your version even more. Call me crazy, but I think it would be a great crossover dress for fall with tall boots and a cardigan.

Sherril said...

Your dress came out so cute. However, it's the shoes I really love. Any way you could tell me where you got them? They probably aren't available any longer. :(

Carolyn said...

Very lovely, the fabric is so fresh and pretty and summery. Looks like the perfect dress for strolling around the marina on a blissfully warm day. Good decision to raise that neckline slash a little bit too... business wear, wow!

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Wow, you made that? Color me impressed :) Love it!
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Carrie said...

It came out really cute! I agree with Amber...it can totally be worked into your winter wardrobe as well (and SHOULD be!). If I try making it, I may just lower the waistline a bit. What do you think?

Gaby de Modacapital said...

great look, love the bag!

melissanearandfar said...

What a super cute dress!