SEWING MY STASH | BURDA 6609
What is the first thing you think about when you see a beautiful print, plaid, or stripe fabric? I think about how gorgeous it will look as a garment. Then, the second thing that comes to mind is the extra effort and time it will take to match those prints at the seams (sigh). But this plaid shift dress that I made with Burda 6609 was worth the extra work.
I’m not gonna lie. There have been times when I’ve passed up a beautiful print because I didn’t feel like investing the extra time required to match the seams. But whenever I decide to do the work, I usually get a beautiful outcome, like this gorgeous piece.
This is garment #20 in my personal challenge to sew 22 garments in 2022. Oh my gosh! I’m almost there with over a month left and only two more patterns to go. WooHoo!!! Take a look at Pattern #19 HERE.
Burda 6609 is a shift dress with sleeve and pocket variations. There are three different options, and each has a shallow neckline, center back zipper and is above-knee length.
View A is sleeveless, without pockets. View B has short sleeves and a kangaroo front pocket adorned with side zippers. I decided to sew View C with the two front patch pockets and long sleeves.
The pattern is currently out-of-print but you may be able to find it online where older patterns are sold.
With some sewing experience, you should be able to sew this dress. The pattern instructions are clear enough that you can follow along without difficulty.
Inside the Garment
Now, let’s take a look at the inside of the dress. I used my Baby Lock Soprano to sew all the seams and darts. Then, I used the Vibrant Serger to finish the seam allowances. I had to be very intentional during the cutting process to ensure that all the seams matched as accurately as possible. Always purchase extra fabric when matching prints. If you get your cutting right, then matching seams at the sewing machine becomes a bit easier.
The fabric suggestions on the back of the envelope call for: wool fabrics, jacquard, bouclé, and ponte knit. I used a plaid knit that I’ve had in my fabric collection for years. I was inspired by the model on the envelope. It doesn’t have a lot of stretch, which makes it a great fit for the design.
It’s slightly see-through, so I’m wearing a slip underneath. Am I the only one who still wears slips? Sometimes, I will skip lining a dress because I know I have a slip that will provide the privacy I desire with my garments.
I should have done a swayback adjustment. I almost always have to make this alteration to prevent the excess fabric from bunching up at my lower, center back. But, I actually forgot this time.
Working with the plaid, I decided there was no need for a center front seam, so I removed it. This is done at the cutting table by placing the fabric on the fold ⅝” in from the edge of the front pattern piece. This will remove the seam allowance. If you are cutting on a single layer you will need to establish the center front on your fabric. Then place the pattern piece there along the center front stitching line (not the cutting line), and cut one side. You will then need to flip the pattern piece over and follow the same process to cut the other side.
I cut a size 12 but ended up taking in about ½” at the side seams after fitting. The sheath dress is supposed to fit loose, but mine was too loose for my liking.
The only notions suggested are zippers for the center back, and also for View B on the front pocket.
My Plans for the Garment
I’m gonna get lots of use from this dress. I can wear it to church, out to dinner, for speaking engagements, and many other occasions.
The dress would look nice for work, date night, or hanging out with the girls. Changing up the shoes gives it a different vibe. Check out some options below.
Shoe Option #1
I styled it with a basic pair of pumps. This is classic and appropriate for work, business conferences, or anywhere you want to look professional. Throwing on a blazer will give it more of a business look.
Shoe Option #2
When you want to wear it on date night with your husband or significant other, a pair of strappy high heels gives an extra punch.
Shoe Option #3
Then, when you want to keep those legs warm, throw on a pair of knee high boots and keep it stepping.
How would you wear the garment?
Would you sew this dress? Do you have the pattern? Which is your favorite shoe below? Talk to me in the comments. I would love to hear from you.
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