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Burda-Style 6639 – Introduction to Border Prints
I’m pretty excited about this dress because it’s my first time using a border print. I’ve always admired the amazing garments my sew sisters manage to create with gorgeous border print fabrics. Since this is my first attempt, I wanted to start simple by using the border on the skirt and sleeve hems only. Also, as I mentioned a couple of weeks ago in THIS post, where I practice matching stripes, when practicing new techniques, I stick with very simple patterns.
The fabric used is an ITY (Interlock Twist Yarn) from my stash – purchased from the Michael Levine Loft. The border was printed parallel to the selvage edges, so I cut the dress on the crosswise grain. I used the border as a guide for my layout, placing the edges of the pattern pieces along the edges of the fabric border. This helped to ensure that the border would line up evenly at the side seams of the front and back skirt pieces, and uniform hems.
Because my fabric border is not very wide, I ignored the given hem allowances on the skirt and sleeves because I wanted to retain as much of the detail in the border as possible. I used a 1/2″ double hem, which left me with a small portion of brown peeking out on the edge.
The fabric suggestion on the pattern envelope is jersey knit and I think it would be a lovely and very comfortable option. I’ll leave links to both jersey and ITY options below in the “Create the Look” section.
I sewed View A with 3/4 sleeves. The dress requires 7 pattern pieces and is quite simple to construct. While I didn’t need the instructions to sew the dress, I read through them so that I could give some feedback for those of you who are beginners. I know that many tend to shy away from Burda Patterns, but I would rate this one Beginner Friendly. The instructions are straight forward. The only part that could potentially confuse the brand new beginner is Step 3, where the shoulder seams are sewn together. However, I believe that with careful reading and study of the illustration, one should be able to figure it out. The key is understanding the fabric shading guide found on Page 1 of the instruction guide. Also, be careful to transfer the fold line of the front bodice from the pattern piece onto the fabric. This will help with placement as you attach front to back.
I cut a size 14, but if I were to sew it again, I would probably cut a 16 bodice for a bit more room in the bust and sleeves, or do a full bust adjustment and increase the sleeve width.
Now that I’ve completed my first border print garment, I’m ready to get more creative with all the amazing border print fabrics that are on the market.
(All Photos Courtesy of CEMO!!!)
Create the Look!
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