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DKNY Color Block Dress – Burda 6851 (OOP)

Hello everyone!  I’m feeling pretty good about this latest dress that I made.  It’s one of the many patterns that I purchased a long time ago.  Along with the pattern, I purchased the fabric to recreate the same look from the model on the pattern envelope.  I cut out the pattern pieces but didn’t touch the fabric because I decided to make something else.  So I stuffed the pattern tissues back into the envelope and put it away for later.  That’s probably been over a year ago.  I’ve actually pulled it out several more times since then to start sewing, but I kept changing my mind.  I pulled it out again last week and decided to cut out the fabric and get started.  I can’t believe what I found after I was done.  This dress is a knock off of the DKNY Color Block Dress from their 2013 “Ready-to-Wear collection.  Check out my dress next to the model’s from the runway show, then continue reading below to find out how I came upon this photo.

DKNY Color Block Dress - Burda 6851Here’s a look at the pattern envelope.  The dress pictured on this envelope is what inspired the colors I chose for my dress.

DKNY Color Block Dress - Burda 6851

Sometimes, before I start a new project, I will check out to see what other seamstresses are saying abut the pattern I’ve chosen to sew.  I recently started posting reviews of my own to their site as well.  It really is a wonderful resource.  If you’ve never visited this website I would highly recommend it, especially if you’re new to sewing.  There are written reviews on just about anything, sewing related, that you can think of (patterns, books, classes, notions, machines, irons, stores, fabric, etc.).  I like the idea of being able to learn beforehand about potential difficult construction areas, misprinted pattern information, handy tips and short cuts when starting a new project.  I also like seeing what others have done with patterns that I’m sewing.

This is a very easy pattern to sew, therefore I didn’t go to Pattern Review to check for difficulty beforehand.  I did, however, go to the site after I was done to prepare my own review.  While there, I saw a review of this dress from Stephanie who blogs at Odetosew.  On her blog she posted a photo of the model above and I gasped when I saw it.  It was MY DRESS!!!  And… it was DKNY!!!  So I rushed to my closet to pull out a pair of black booties and a black purse to recreate the look from the runway.  I think I pulled it off nicely.  What do you think?

DKNY Color Block Dress - Burda 6851After seeing the photo on her blog I googled it myself and found more information from Aisha who blogs at Sew Couture.  This is where I learned that this look was from the DKNY 2013 “Ready-to-Wear” collection.  What a wonderful find!

DKNY Color Block Dress - Burda 6851I don’t know which came first – DKNY dress or Burda 6851 pattern.  I’m sure the cost of this dress was a pretty penny when it came out.  I paid under $50 to make it myself.  Ooooh, how I love being able to sew.  THIS is one of the beautiful benefits to sewing for myself.  I can recreate high-end, name brand clothing for a fraction of the cost.  I thank God for the gift. 

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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 55 Comments

  1. Anita Morris

    Thanks Tarah! Awesome! Have fun sewing her up.

  2. Doja

    When I grow up I want to be just like you! You are one gorgeous woman with gorgeous style and gorgeous sewing skills! You’re just gorgeous!

  3. Nahrin

    Yours fits you better than the model does hers. Fabulous Girlfriend!!

  4. LaToria

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL Anita. You nailed it. You are a FANTASTIC sewer.

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  6. carmen

    Anita, you so rocked that dress! Would it be too much to post a video on how to make it for us newbees in sewing

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Carmen! Thank you so much! I won’t be doing a tutorial on this one because the pattern is out of print.

  7. Vicki (Sewnaptural)

    You look great! I’m amazed. I, too, wonder which came first. Anita you made it Work!! ( in my Tim’s voice).

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Vicki! I love your Tim voice! LOL! Made me smile.

  8. Michelle

    Looks. here, looka here!! Awesome seeing, awesome color-blocking and it looks spectacular on you!

  9. Naehen

    Hi Anita, you are really blessed. What a wonderful dress? It look very nice on you. I learn a lot from you.

  10. Mirline K

    Great work on the dress. Looks store brought. Since I only wear dress & skirts I get my inspiration from the patterns and which fabric speaks to me. I’m still a beginner so I’m still figuring out my style. Thanks for your weekly inspirations.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Mirline! You are so welcome, and thank you. I’m so glad you are following.

  11. Art S

    I’ve had this pattern for a LONG time. Maybe I’ll make something of it. You’ve got me inspired. Great job, you look beautiful as usual.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Art! Thank you sew sister!

  12. Beverly

    Good day Ms. Anita. I love you’re weekly post and tutorials. I admire you’re classic style and inspirational messages of creative expressions while creating you’re unique wardrobe.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Beverly! Thank you so much for such a sweet comment.

  13. Paulette dowdie

    I am a Donna Karan fan… Love love love that you recreated the look (unknowingly of course)!….

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Paulette! I’m so in love with this dress. I will most likely make another one.

  14. Dara

    Very nicely sewn, Anita! Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Dara, and you’re welcome!

  15. Patricia

    Anita, you definitely pulled it off and better! I love it!!! It is wonderful to be able to sew and create anything that we want.

    1. Anita Morris

      Yes, Patricia! Yes it is! Thank you!

  16. sheseams

    This is why de sew, well done ?

  17. Sheila DS

    Oh WOW. This is fabulous, Anita! I LOVE a color block dress and this one is beautiful. You get my vote over the model, too!

  18. Thomasine

    Beautiful Anita you give me so much inspiration….my vote you wore that dress better and boots ando bag was so on point. Great job…

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you Thomasine! Makes my heart smile to know I inspire you.

  19. Sandra

    Oh Anita! Your talent and gift is definitely God sent. Love this dress and the way you accessorized it. This look speaks “Power”. Well done my sister.

    1. Anita Morris

      Awww, thank you so much Sandra! I am so grateful for the gift.

  20. Andrea

    Beautiful, I love the color combination, you did a great job!

  21. Rochelle

    You look so much better than the model does for this dress… time for me to hunt this pattern down. Anita I notice the pattern says average. Would you say this pattern is really average or easy? I know sometimes they will rate the pattern as average due to so many pattern pieces. I would love to make this dress. Is it possible to do a tutorial of this dress, more like the more difficult part that you found to be a little bit more challenging. Thank you for this!!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Rochelle! Thank you so much. Actually, I probably won’t be doing a tutorial on this dress since the pattern is out of print. I don’t think I would feel right about offering a tutorial, knowing that many will not be able to locate the pattern. However, I found this to be a very easy sew. I don’t recall any part of it being difficult. The instructions are straight forward and easy to follow.

  22. Angela Hill

    Oh Ms. Anita this dress is awesome on you, you are ROCKIN this dress I love, love, love this, I am so thankful that I came across your videos and learning how to sew Ms. Anita you have been a blessing to me thank you, thank you, Thank you please keep your gift from GOD coming and spreading your gift with others.

    1. Anita Morris

      Ooooh Angela! You are so welcome! Thank you for sharing your heart with me. I know what it’s like to be blessed by others, so my heart rejoices to know I can give back. Thank you so much. The next tutorial is uploading as I type and will be posted this Friday, so stay tuned.

  23. Sandi S

    Girl you are rocking that dress. Always admire your work.

  24. Nola

    Love it Ms. Anita! It looks like you bought your dress from a high end department store! God has given you a wonderful talent indeed!

  25. Brigitte

    I think this outfit is hot. I love the colors and the booties and purse just make it pop. The construction of your dress is fantastic. Great job! Thanks for the inspiration.

  26. Maxine

    Who wore it better?? Anita you get my vote. Fabulous as usual?

  27. Mrs. Chi

    You are rocking that dress Anita! The construction is impeccable.

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