My Easter dress this year is Burda 11-2007-106. I have loved this dress pattern for quite awhile, but could never manage to get my hands on a copy of 11-2007 Burda magazine. Finally, I was looking around on ebay one day and there it was. It was the German version, but the English instructions were included, so I snapped it up.
Here is how the original dress was made in the Burda magazine.
I did the reverse on mine. I made my bodice a light pink and the skirt black. The bodice is made from charmeuse satin in baby pink ordered from fabric.com and the skirt is a black polyester shantung that I bought at my local fabric shop.
The construction of the dress was not hard at all, but I would say a little fiddly with all the ruffle gathering. The instructions were quite good, even for Burda magazine. I followed the directions and did not line it. However, if I had it to do over again, I would line it simply because the facing at the neckline wanted to flip out. I don't mind facings, but I have decided I don't prefer them with slippery fabrics. I sewed coins into the facing to give it some weight so it will stay down. Since I did not line the dress, I pressed the seams flat and serged the edges of the seams. Also, I curved the back seam in as I sewed it to make it fit my lower back better.
For the ruffles at the neck and armholes, I did a rolled hem in pink rayon embroidery thread on the edge. I just could not stomach narrow hemming them, particularly since they are made of slippery charmeuse fabric. I used elastic thread to make a little loop at the back neck and fastened it with a pearl button.
rolled hem edge
The dress as styled by Burda has a very classic look to it, but I decided to make mine a little more funky. I love to play with color combinations, so I am wearing a yellow belt and these awesome shoes I bought a few years ago for a steal. They are "Saki" by Carlos Santana. Here is an upclose look at them. They have pink, lavendar, yellow and orange in them.
I hope you have a Happy Easter and a wonderful week next week!!!