Sewing My Stash | Burda 7043
I’m still sewing my stash. But before I talk about the dress, I want to share something with you. Yesterday was International Women’s Day and I was thinking about the amazing year I had in 2021. As I was reflecting upon all the accomplishments and wins, I had an empowering thought. My greatest accomplishment last year was that I decided to BELIEVE in myself.
When the limiting beliefs tried to resurface, I shut them down and did the opposite of what they told me. As a result, not only did I launch my first Online Sewing Course for Beginners, but I also officially launched my Speaking Services under the Anita by Design brand.
I want to encourage you today to BELIEVE in yourself. You have so much to offer the world. BELIEVE!
Know who you are! Believe who you are! Live as if you believe who you are!
Sewing My Stash | Burda 7043
Now, let’s get into this dress. I love a classic sheath dress. In my last blog post, I said that I would be sewing 20 patterns from my stash this year. I changed my mind and decided I will sew 22 in 2022, just because it sounds better. Hahaha! I’m using the hashtag #sew22in22 on Instagram. There’s also another SEW Sister who has created a challenge on Instagram called #make22in22. So, this is my 3rd garment – only 19 more to go. WooHoo!!!
Pattern & Fabric
I used Burda 7043 with a Ponte knit fabric for the dress and a lightweight knit/tricot for the lining. The pattern is no longer in print, but you may be able to find it on Etsy, Ebay, Amazon, or anywhere older patterns are sold. The dress is fully lined with sleeveless and short sleeve options. The bodice is gathered at the bust with single darts on the skirt beneath. The back has double darts on each side of the zipper. There is a back slit which I omitted for my dress.
I had already sewn this dress twice before, so I knew it would be beautiful, especially with such an amazing color. I made the black one pictured below for my very first blog post in 2016 and called it my Audrey Hepburn dress. I loved it so much that I made another one in white. But this time my inspiration came from a Barbie photo. I used a Ponte knit fabric for both dresses.
I actually started on the dress a several months ago but put it aside because I didn’t feel like making the adjustments after the first fitting. Therefore, it sat on my dressform until a couple of weeks ago when I decided to finish it to wear to a speaking event. Then I changed my mind and wore a different green dress that I made in 2016. But it’s okay because this dress will surely grace another stage in the future.
I only used one sewing machine, the Baby Lock Soprano. The hem on the dress was sewn by hand. The fit is really good, but I will take in the lining at the sides in the hip area. There’s a bit too much fabric and it causes wrinkles underneath the main fabric. Also, since it is a free-hanging lining, I plan to tack it at the sides to prevent it from twisting under the dress when I walk.
I accessorized with bling jewelry, a rhinestone, fringe, clutch purse, a pair of pumps that are for sitting only. I told you before that pointy-toe shoes and I are not friends anymore. It’s a shame because the shoes are just fire. I added a scarf around the neck with a brooch for a different look. It would also look amazing with a blazer on top. I may sew it again with a beautiful print fabric.
How would you style the dress?
I plan to wear this dress for speaking engagements, church, dinner, and other special events. I would love to hear how you would style this dress. What color fabric would you use? Leave a comment below.
Thanks for stopping by,
Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that God SHINES!
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