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Burda-Style 6639 – Introduction to Border Prints

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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.

Burda-Style 6639 - Introduction to Border Prints

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.

Burda-Style 6639 - Introduction to Border Prints

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.

Burda-Style 6639 - Introduction to Border Prints

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.

Burda-Style 6639 - Introduction to Border Prints

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.

Burda-Style 6639 - Introduction to Border Prints

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.

Burda-Style 6639 - Introduction to Border Prints

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.

Burda-Style 6639 - Introduction to Border Prints(All Photos Courtesy of CEMO!!!)

Create the Look!

Thanks for stopping by!

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


Anita Morris

Anita is the Author of STEP Into It, Overcoming Trials That Lead To Purpose. She is also an Online Sewing Instructor for beginner sewists. She is passionate about helping women to step into their purpose by walking in the calling on their lives. She hosts a popular YouTube channel where she helps women to become confident in their sewing skills.

This Post Has 30 Comments

  1. Amie

    I love your dress! This is the best review anywhere. Im a beginner so I found your pictures and advice super helpful. You mentioned many people shy away from Burda patterns but why? Thank you, Amie 🙂

  2. Cheryl

    Love this!

  3. LynnsThings

    Just found your youtube channel and now your web site. I love all the great information you supply. I have just started sewing clothes, even though I’ve been sewing for years, and your tutorials have been a tremendous help. THANK YOU!

    1. Anita Morris

      Awesome! So glad you found the tutorials helpful. I’m happy to have you join me. Enjoy your new venture into garment sewing.

  4. Carmen Antón

    You always look so stunning! The fabric is very nice. I have never been able to sewing a button. Love your dress. Sorry for my bad english. Kisses

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Carmen! No apology necessary. I understood every word.

  5. Dina

    Very nice as always, Sew Sister!

  6. Myra

    Anita, this dress is fabulous and such classic look! You always look so chic no matter what you’re wearing! Boder prints are something I need to try too. This dress is just stunning on you, especially with your first try using border prints! Great job! (And I love your accessories too!)

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Myra! Thank you so much! Yes, give the border prints a try. I’m pretty sure you’ll make magic.

  7. Pauline Hazely

    I Anita i love that dress. I wanted to make that circle skirt with a border material but couldn’t​ find any at Joann’s, also I wanted to in large the pattern, but don’t know how help.

  8. Ray

    You know @peggy I seconded you, she never stop slaying and everything she comes out it is gorgeous on her. I had a busy yesterday and was thinking what did Anita post today. I peep and said yes she slayed it again but too busy to comment You know what it feels good to know her cos I do not scratch my head over what to wear to events, I go straight to her blog, take a peek, get the pattern and I am all set. she is very motivating, great tutor, a mentor, big sister, a good wife crown with beauty. We love you and keep your good work…..

    1. Anita Morris

      OMGoodness Ray! You are so kind and encouraging with your words. Thank you so much for your amazing support.

  9. Peggy

    ? Hi Anita!

    I’m trying to stick with the tutorials, but you are making it hard with all of the beautiful garments you’re sewing, and so fast. I love this dress and I’m just going to have to break the tutorial ranks and try it ?. You look beautiful and thanks so much for sharing. I am really enjoying this journey. God bless you and your family.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hahaha! I totally understand. My brain is about to explode with all the ideas I have up there. I seriously need another me to help out. Wait until you see all the tutorials that are coming! Oh gosh! Don’t worry, the videos will always be there, so you can go back to it anytime. Thank you for following me. God bless you and your family too!

      1. Peggy

        I can’t wait to what’s going on in your creative mind. Thanks for allowing us to experience your creativity.

  10. jodie filogomo

    This turned out fabulous, Anita!!
    You and my mother would be peas in a pod if you ever met up!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Jodie! Thank you so much! I love your mom’s style and I absolutely love that you include her and your step mom in all your posts. It makes me smile every time I see the three of you. Thanks for stopping by.

  11. Sheila

    Great job!! As always. It looks good on you. I love your style. You always choose very pretty patterns, and easy to sew. Thank you for that.

  12. Paulette dowdie

    This might be the pattern for me to try to get acquainted with Burda… Beautiful as always!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Paulette! Yeah, give it a try. They rate it very easy and I agree. It would be a cake walk for you.

  13. Neti*

    You are Fabulous in this dress Missy! I am also enjoying your pattern reviews.

  14. Carmen

    The style and fabric choice is perfect. Love it on you! I’m glad you mention this Burda pattern is beginner friendly. I am a total beginner. btw I ordered McCalls 7531 to try as my first sewing project. I also plan to do the projects from your sewing course. Thank you again for the inspirations!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Carmen! Awesome! I’m so glad to have you join me.

  15. Angela Hill

    Hey Ms. Anita

    You look gorgeous in this dress as with everything you have created, I have this same pattern is it possible that you can do a tutorial on how to created this? I really need you to come back and do the sewing lessons on YouTube I really miss you I did get out of being scare and have sewn tow dress Yay!! So Ms. Anita can you come back and do the tutorial please. Miss you

    1. Anita Morris

      Angelaaaaaa! Hey, my sew sister! I promise you I’m coming back. I’m actually working on a video now but more are coming as I get my new space together. I’m pretty excited about what’s coming up with the tutorials I have planned, so please stick with me. I really want to become more consistent and I appreciate you asking for more.

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