Thursday, 31 July 2014

Pattern Review: Burda Prairie Shirt Dress #107 04/2011

This was my first attempt at a burda pattern, not famed for being easy for (relative) beginners. This has been on my list for ages as I loved the style and have wanted a casual shirt dress for ages. I made sure to read each stage through many times, and I'm pretty happy with the result.

Pattern Description: 
A modern prairie classic with a short collar, full skirt and frayed hems. Difficulty: intermediate.
Pattern Sizing:
 Size 36-44
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes it kind of does, but before I made the alterations for it to be more fitted around the waistline.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
 Compared to other patterns I've done, no. But from what I've heard about Burda patterns being impossible to decipher, it wasn't too bad. But at no point does it to tell you to stitch the buttons on!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I don't understand why there was a need for buttons that were concealed where the two skirts joined, if they weren't going to be used, so I didn't do them.  I was unsure about the frayed edges at first, but went with it anyway, and I think they do fit with the boho look and feel of the dress. I also found it to be much too loose around the waist, making it rather unflattering on me before I did alterations.
Fabric Used:
A floaty soft cotton with a leafy print from Walthamstow market.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I didn't do the frayed edge at the part where the bodice meets the sort as I thought it might be a bit messy, I also didn't have the button band extending over that seam as I didn't quite twig that bit of the pattern till it was too late. After I had made up the whole dress, I added darts in the waist seam either side of the front and back seams to take out the excess fabric there was in the waist.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I wouldn't sew it again, as its quite a particular style of dress I think you only need one of. I would recommend it to others, but suggest they check the bodice fit.
It's a nice floaty summer dress with a boho feel to it. Although I was disappointed when the waist was too big, after the alterations it looks much better, and the belt breaks up the print as theres a lot of fabric. Its not my favourite dress I've made but I'm happy with it and it has had quite a bit of wear already.

Emily Kate


  1. I just found your site through twitter. Wanted to say that your version of this dress looks super cute, and I love your sandals!

    1. Aw thanks, I wasn't totally convinced by the end result I have to admit at first... so that's nice to hear! And the sandals are primarks finest!

  2. I agree! The dress you made looks great. I like it way better than the pattern picture. It looks like it was bought in a store :)


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