Burda 7178 – Retro-Style – Perfect Valentine’s Day Dress

Hello everyone!  It’s February, and you know what that means–Valentine’s Day is coming!!!  In preparation for the “LOVE” day, I decided to share this Burda 7178 – Retro-Style – Perfect Valentine’s Day Dress with you.

Burda 7178 - Retro-Style - Perfect Valentine's Day Dress

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While February 14th is known as a day to celebrate love by couples, if you go to the greeting cards section of your local convenience store, it’s quite clear that Valentine’s Day is definitely marketed to EVERYONE.  So whether you’re celebrating a relationship love, family love, friendship love, pet love, or self love, I wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Burda 7178 - Retro-Style - Perfect Valentine's Day Dress

My husband and I have a wonderful weekend planned.  I’ll tell you more about it in next Wednesday’s post.  I’m working on a red dress to wear, but if it doesn’t work out, I’ll wear this pink cutie instead.

Burda 7178 - Retro-Style - Perfect Valentine's Day Dress

Burda 7178 – Retro-Style – Perfect Valentine’s Day Dress

I’ve had this pattern in my stash for quite a long time.  It’s the collar on View C that drew my attention, and of course the Retro-Style is so right for me.  Although the fabric suggestions call for wovens, I opted for a knit (as usual).  If you’ve followed me for a while, you know that the majority of my garments are sewn with knits.  The sizing for this pattern is very limited. It’s available in sizes 12 – 22, so if you’re outside of this range and haven’t learned how to grade commercial patterns up or down for size, this one won’t work for you.  However, as I’ve mentioned before, if you’re interested in learning how to grade patterns, you can always check out this VIDEO from Andrea with Sew To Fit.  She does a great job explaining the process.  Follow her instructions, then you too can make this dress for Valentine’s Day, or any other occasion.

Burda 7178 - Retro-Style - Perfect Valentine's Day Dress

This is a pretty simple dress to sew, with 8 pieces (four being facings).  I omitted the back slit, which eliminated the need for piece #6, so only 7 pieces needed to make the dress.  Oh, how I love a simple sew that turns out looking like I could have purchased my garment from any high-end boutique.  I’m saving this one for a date night with my husband.

Burda 7178 - Retro-Style - Perfect Valentine's Day Dress

Evening Clutch Tutorial!

As I’ve promised, there is a video tutorial coming to show you how to make the evening clutch, like the one I’m carrying with this dress.  It’s so easy and the possibilities are totally endless.  Stay tuned!  It’s coming!

Burda 7178 - Retro-Style - Perfect Valentine's Day DressCreate the Look!

Burda 7178 - Retro-Style - Perfect Valentine's Day DressWhat About You?

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?  Are you making a dress to wear?

Thanks for stopping by!

Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that God SHINES!

Anita

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42 Comments

  1. Claudia

    Love the look of that dress pattern. I am a fifty-four year old woman and I love to see women Dressed classic. You look wonderful and classic!

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  2. Sukie

    It would be a total waste if I buy something expensive and only wear it for a few times.
    So,after reading your article. I finally made my decision with a sexy birthday dresses.

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  3. Kemi

    Love this dress.

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thanks Kemi!

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  4. Kelly-Anne

    Hi Anita…
    I have just discovered your lovely, inspirational blog and am beyond thrilled!
    I believe the Lord led me to you today…thank you for sharing your love for sewing with others! I have been sewing for a couple years now and run my own little sewing business. I make upmarket children’s toys and home decor items but for the longest time now I have wanted to extend my sewing skills and take them to the next level…making clothes! I love your video tutorials and am excited to make my own circle skirt thanks to your fabulous video series! I look forward to visiting often and picking up your wonderful tips…
    By the way, this dress is stunning and I adore the choice of fabric you used…a really eye-catching colour! {{smiles}}
    Blessings in Christ,
    Kelly-Anne

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Hi Kelly-Anne! I am so glad to have you join me. Thank you for your beautiful comment. I look forward to seeing some of your makes in the future. Enjoy your journey into garment sewing. God bless you, sister!

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  5. Peggy

    Hi Anita,

    I commented two days ago and forgot to hit post comment. Anyway, that dress is gorgeous and you look gorgeous in it. You are a professional in your art, yes this is artistry, and “Anita’s Style” is red carpet worthy. Praying God continues His blessings upon you and your family. Amen!

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Hi Peggy! Oh thank you so much! God bless you too!

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  6. Adrienne

    Just GORGEOUS! Love the fabric choice.
    You and Mimi G are such an inspiration sew sistas. I love you’ll style of teaching. Very simple and easy to learn. May God continue to bless you on this journey.

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Hi Adrienne! Thank you so much! I appreciate your comment.

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  7. Mariela Alethia

    Simple, elegant and sneaky sexyyyyyyy! Love it!

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Hahaha!!! Thanks so much Mariela! I love that “sneaky sexyyyyyy” comment! That is too funny! Yeah, girl, gotta sneak it in on ’em.

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  8. Deborah Hill

    Nice Anita, I love the textured knit and construction well.done.

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thanks Deborah!

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  9. Pauline Hazely

    Looks beautiful as always

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thanks Pauline!

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  10. Sheila DS

    Soooooo pretty! As usually, you are rockin’ it!! I especially love the back. I really like the textured fabric, too.

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thanks Sheila! I love the back too!

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  11. Peggy

    🙋 Hi Anita,

    This is another gorgeous dress that looks gorgeous on you and I really love the fabric. You are a professional and your garments are red carpet worthy. Each week I look forward to seeing the masterpiece you’ve created. May God continue His blessings upon you and your family.

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Oh Peggy, thank you so much! God bless you and yours too.

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  12. Tracy

    Great fit!!

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thank you Tracy!

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  13. Susan Child

    Stunning! Love the fabric.

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thank you Susan!

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  14. Talisha

    Very nice! I love the look and the fabric!! Burda patterns read a little different. They do not give the finished measurements so how do you know which size to cut?

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Hi Talisha! This one actually had the finished measurements on the tissue paper. When they don’t include the measurements, you have to measure the pieces yourself, excluding the seam allowances. It’s a hassle, and I don’t know why they don’t include finished measurements on all their pattern pieces.

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      1. Talisha

        Good to know! Thank you for the response.

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  15. Vicki (Sewnaptural)

    Perfect dart placement. Yiu are lovely as always. You go Anita!!

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thank you Vicki!

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  16. Karon

    Beautiful….keep inspiring others like myself who are new to sewing. Thank you.

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thank you Karon!

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  17. Gayle

    You look amazing in this Anita! Your sewing is just beautiful!

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thanks Gayle!

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  18. Jc

    Lovely Anita. Haven’t graded before so thanks for the link 😊

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      You’re very welcome JC!

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  19. Anya

    Anita, this looks amazing and you look absolutely stunning in it. As always 🙂

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thank you Anya!

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  20. Terolyn

    Hello Anita! How did you get you clutch and your shoes to match perfectly? I look forward to Wednedays to see your new posts and thanks for the video link I also need right now! God bless

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Hi Terolyn! Isn’t it amazing! It just happened. I used to make and sell crochet purses and this fabric was the lining for one of the purses. It was stashed away until one day I wanted to make a clutch to match these shoes. I went online searching for a matching fabric but couldn’t find one. I went back to JoAnn’s where I purchased it but they no longer had it either. So I just took a chance and looked through my stash, remembering I had something similar. Imagine my surprise when I pulled it out and it was a perfect match. Thank you so much for following my blog. I appreciate you!

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  21. Joyce in NC

    Fabulous!

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thank you Joyce!

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      1. Nancy Wagner

        Absolutely gorgeous! I love to read your blog!

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