Have you heard of Burda Style? I visit their site every once in a while looking for sewing patterns and inspiration. They always have very current styles you can download for very cheap. On my life list is to sew a full dress and there are a few I’ve been eyeing: the belted tunic, short wedding dress, cap sleeve dress, jonny dress. Lots of people submit pictures of their finished products and the alterations they made to the pattern like this cute peter pan one. It’s a lot of fun to browse around. Have you ever used their patterns? I’m curious how easy they are to follow.
I love BurdaStyle too and I've made a few of their patterns. The difficulty level is very true, so if you think you're not up to the challenge, I'd say try another one. I did a dress from the magazine that I love and was pretty simple: http://sarahsthreads.blogspot.com/2009/09/making-burda-dress.htmlLove the blog by the way. One of my favorites.
Taryn, that magazine sounds incredible! I'll have to look into it, thanks!
My mom used to buy the Burda Style magazines back in the 70s and 80s. She couldn't find them stateside and used to hoard them when we'd make trips to Europe. This is a lot of memories 😉
i was going to tell you about the grosgrain blog, but it looks like someone beat me to it. i made a dress from burda style and it was pretty easy, but if i were not an experienced sewer it might have been really confusing – especially because this pattern (maybe not the case with all of them???) didn't have a seam allowance – so you had to add your own. anyway…mccalls and vogue and simplicity have some great patterns that might be easier to follow your first time around. another thing to lust over from burda – burda magazine. it's very expensive, but so fun. every month you get hundreds of stylish patterns in your magazine, and they are styled in a very modern, trendy way. i love it.
oh cute! i love the idea of a short casual wedding dress too
M and E, that's great! I'll have to check out Kathleen's step by step posts Rhi-Mixx- good to know!
I find that nearly every pattern that I have downloaded from the site needs to be adjusted (made smaller.)I've read many of the comments posted by other users of the patterns and they often say the same thing. It was fairly frustrating at first but now that I know they'll need to be made smaller I just keep trying on the toile (I always recommend making a toile) and adjust as I go.
Kathleen at Grosgrain has been doing this amazing "Frock by Friday" series where she chooses a pattern–I think she's used at least a few from Burda Style–and announces it so that any readers who want to can make the same dress at the same time. Then, when it's time to start, she posts photos and steps each day. I haven't actually done one yet–one of those things on my list–but it seems like a great idea, especially if you're kind of new to sewing and nervous to tackle a big project. The results always look fantastic. Here's the link: http://grosgrainfabulous.blogspot.com/2006/07/frock-by-friday.html
I love this! soooo cute!
wow, i am so glad you posted this. i'm an amateur at the sewing machine, and i've been looking for an inspiration to try some patterns. these look fantastic.
yes, that is what makes me nervous about printing it out as well!
I've only used one pattern. It was pretty easy to follow but I had trouble adjusting the size so it would fit me. I definitely do not have a burda style body. 🙂 It wasn't as easy to use regular computer paper instead of thin pattern paper since I couldn't see through it. Some of the directions for patterns I haven't made are a little confusing to me, but I'm a very new sewer. I'd love to see your creations!
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