Pattern Review: Burda Magazine 2-2009-101 ‘The Fifties Coat Dress’

3 Dec

This dress was a long time coming.  I didn’t feel one way or the other about the pattern when it first came out almost two years ago. I thought it was cute in my general liking of shirt and coat dresses.

Burda 9-2009-101

But, when I went to Philadelphia this summer for PR Weekend, I found this polyester tafetta.  I knew that it was destined to be the Burda Februaru 2009 #101 coat dress. It was the warehousy store and I couldn’t tell you how much it cost. I’m going to assume $20 to $30 for the material since I was still claiming to not be buying fabric in 2010.

Then, it sat like all material does.  Of course, I couldn’t find the inserts to the magazine when I was finally ready to start. So, Trena packed hers up and mailed it to me well over a month ago. Once traced, I seemed to have NO TIME to sew.

By the time I got around to cutting it, it occured to me I had never meausred to see if I had enough fabric. Of course, I was short on material by over 1/2 yard. So, I had to do a single cut layout and still had to shorten the dress.

I sewed a 38 with a 1/2 inch FBA. I am just not sure what size I am in Burda these days. I move between a 38 and 40.  I also elected to use buttons instead of snaps. I like the snaps idea, but I didn’t have enough and I wanted to add more buttons down the front as the dress was pulling a bit off grain.

The dress provides great 50s style fullness without the traditional petticoats. This is achieved with deep unpressed pleats below the waist. This is my second notched collar and I confess they are getting easier. I found the collar on this to have a great deal of fullness. I also think it looks best propped up a bit in the back.

Oh, the sleeves were also shortened a touch.I could likely stand to add one more button higher up on the bust, but I may leave it for now.

The dress is great and I received oodles of compliments. But, it’s not an everyday kind of work dress for me. I wore it today because there was a sit down dinner / reception I needed to attend. I think this is the kind of dress I would traditionally wear to church. That’s not a negative. It’s just not what I would chose to wear to the office.

Overall, it’s a lovely pattern. Definitely takes a bit more time. Especially if you are going to line it. But, well worth the effort. And, obviously, I need to find a brown belt and shoes.

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78 Responses to “Pattern Review: Burda Magazine 2-2009-101 ‘The Fifties Coat Dress’”

  1. DianeY December 4, 2010 at 00:17 #

    You look wonderful in it! I mean, you always look wonderful, but the dress is totally cool!

  2. Grace December 4, 2010 at 00:17 #

    Both you and the dress look fabulous.

  3. Paola December 4, 2010 at 00:24 #

    Another winner from Feb 09 Burda, that dress looks great on you. That issue has so many great patterns.

  4. Vicki W December 4, 2010 at 00:29 #

    That dress looks fabulous on you!

  5. sdBev December 4, 2010 at 02:08 #

    Oh my gosh this is beautiful! Not dated at all, even though you claim it’s 50′s style, it is fabulous; especially on you. Love your fabric and pattern choices

  6. Kelley December 4, 2010 at 02:33 #

    I think this is one of the most beautiful dresses you’ve shown on your blog. I LOVE it. It suits you so well.

  7. Sherry December 4, 2010 at 02:34 #

    I think you’d rock it in the office too – it looks fabulous on you!
    They seemed to like a bigger roll on their collars in the 50′s – I love it, it frames the face and neck so elegantly.

  8. Marie-Christine December 4, 2010 at 03:02 #

    It does look great on you, and I don’t think you lost anything by shortening it (although it’s always frustrating to spend extra days eeecking out that last 1/2yd out of your fabric). I see what you mean about the office though, I don’t think all this retro-at-work trend is very good for you, unless you’re clearly under 21. No point in trying to look like you want to live in the past.

  9. Karin December 4, 2010 at 03:18 #

    You look fantastic in this dress, it suits your small waist. It also looks remarkably like the original inspiration picture from Burda. I think you could get away with wearing it to the office, but, like you, I would probably save it for more dressy social, day time occasions, like church :)

  10. allisonc December 4, 2010 at 03:42 #

    This is so darn cute on you, I love it! I hope you will find lots of occasions to wear it.

  11. Isabelle December 4, 2010 at 04:13 #

    Love, love, LOVE! I’m so glad you resurrected this UFO. Your dress is gorgeous and that is a fabulous look on you.

  12. katharinec December 4, 2010 at 05:15 #

    You look great in it. Walking in a winter wonderland.

  13. RuthieK December 4, 2010 at 05:43 #

    It looks great, and becuase you are young and hip you can pull it off and it not look ironic! I think it’s great and its totally great for work.

  14. meli88a December 4, 2010 at 06:35 #

    The dress is so fun in that print. I am impressed that you squeezed it out of your fabric, being a half yard short of what you needed.

  15. Robin December 4, 2010 at 06:49 #

    It turned out great! Interesting on your preferences as to whether it is appropriate for the office. I just love for a weekday look.

  16. Jane M December 4, 2010 at 08:16 #

    Wow, congrats on all of this….squeezing it out of your fabric, great notched collar but most of all picking a style that is perfect on you. I too think your work outfit comment is interesting. I think this had Mad Men elements without being kitsch. In other words, feminine but in charge.

  17. Nancy K December 4, 2010 at 08:39 #

    Love this on you. I made this in the jacket version and it is a very nicely drafted pattern. Beautiful dress.

  18. kyle December 4, 2010 at 08:59 #


  19. kathleen December 4, 2010 at 09:01 #

    This dress looks wonderful on you. Aren’t you glad you finished it?

  20. dressingmyself December 4, 2010 at 09:04 #

    That dress is so stylish, and looks just perfect on you.
    Making it must have been hard – all those seams.
    Like you, I tend to ‘age’ fabric before I use it – then I cannot remember where I put the thread that I bought to go with it (etc).
    However, your finished product is great!

  21. Claudine December 4, 2010 at 09:07 #

    WOW, what a killer dress! I love the length. It would look frumpy if it were longer. And I love the low neckline. And the shape. And the print. You should reconsider it to wear as workwear, just because it makes me sad to think it will hang in your closet most of the week, only to come out on Sundays.

  22. Sewer December 4, 2010 at 09:08 #

    I didn’t expect to like it because I’m not a 50s big dress fan and I had doubts about the print. But it looks great. It really suits you, and the belt is a very nice touch. Congratulations.

    To veer in the opposite direction, I really liked the T-shirt you posted recently. It’s one of the best things you’ve done. Don’t discount the value of simplicity; simple things sometimes require more skill because no mistakes can show. People who know clothes and sewing understand that, so don’t worry about it’s being “just a T-shirt.”

  23. Sewer December 4, 2010 at 09:12 #

    I also think it’s a great work dress, but of course you know what works best in your work environment and with your personal style. But add a brown or black cardigan or jacket and you’re good to go!

  24. JoanneM December 4, 2010 at 09:16 #

    Divine. Love the length and the fabric. Just lovely.

  25. Rachelle December 4, 2010 at 09:22 #

    I don’t usually find myself drawn to shirt dresses, but this is the perfect storm of color, print, and shape.

    It’s absolutely wonderful! Kudos!

  26. Rachel December 4, 2010 at 09:30 #

    That is really pretty and it looks great on you!!

  27. Gail December 4, 2010 at 09:42 #

    *Love* this dress-you look beautiful (and those shoes are perfect).

  28. Uta December 4, 2010 at 10:18 #

    Very pretty dress, and you look great in it!

  29. Elaray December 4, 2010 at 10:21 #

    Great looking dress!

  30. Jean December 4, 2010 at 10:37 #

    What a fun dress!

  31. Lindsay T December 4, 2010 at 10:47 #

    Cute, cute, cute! I think you should try this pattern in other fabrics.

  32. Jali December 4, 2010 at 10:55 #

    Those compliments are well deserved because it is a fabulous dress. I made this in the jacket/blouse version a year ago and it is one of my most worn pieces to date. Even with slight variations in Burda sizes over the year, it always fit well. I think it might have something to do with the ease in this design being more jacket/coat-like. I think yours is a classic as a dress and would be great to wear throughout the year.

  33. NancyDaQ December 4, 2010 at 10:55 #

    Cute dress! It looks nice on you. You did the right thing by going with buttons. Voice of experience here with snap front coat dresses–you have to be ever vigilant, KWIM?

  34. JustGail December 4, 2010 at 11:00 #

    Nice! Sometimes it takes a while for all the bits to come together, but it’s worth the wait. And I like the changes you made.

    But I gotta say NO to the brown belt and shoes!!! That would take this dress right to the intersection of Matchy-matchy and Old streets and you’re too young to be standing there. One or the other in brown, not both. If you don’t like the black with it, maybe a navy, burgundy or dark green belt and bright shoes, or the other way around. Both in a bright color might be tricky, although it could work.

  35. Victoria December 4, 2010 at 11:26 #

    Super pretty!

  36. Digs December 4, 2010 at 11:50 #

    Fab. You need to re-assess your work-appropriateness of gorgeous dresses like this!

  37. December 4, 2010 at 11:58 #

    What a smashing dress. The fabric is so distinctive, not the sort of print I’d think of for a coatdress, but I love it. Your work is so surprisingly “out of the box.” I look forward to your blogs since there’s so much to learn from your talents. Brava!

  38. Karin van D. December 4, 2010 at 12:05 #

    It’s gorgeous. The dress, the shape, the fabric, you in it. Very lovely, my compliments!

  39. Toby Wollin December 4, 2010 at 12:06 #

    As usual, I’m late and everyone else has used up all the great compliments so all I can say is “Ditto…ditto…ditto…and oh yes..what she said.” However, my two centavos on this dress style (despite your saying that this is not a dress to wear to work)is that if you had to go to a desert island with one dress pattern, a stash and a solar-powered sewing machine, THIS dress would be the one you should take. You two were made for one another and I can see you making it in all sorts of fabrics including challis, light weight wools, etc. It is a great style for you and frankly, I think you should wear one to work, every week if possible. If nothing else, it might shame others into dressing better at the office. And now that I’ve said THAT, I’m going to rummage through my old Burda WOFs, find the pattern and make ME a couple of these to wear to work. There.

  40. Sewista Fashionista December 4, 2010 at 12:09 #

    Your dress looks lovely! It looks very versatile too like in certain months you could add a jacket and knee boots. (Since it is snowing here I am thinking along those lines. :) )

  41. Amanda S. December 4, 2010 at 12:25 #

    Fabulous! Great job on the fabric and pattern pairing.

  42. Carolyn December 4, 2010 at 13:24 #

    Great dress! You should make another one in a color and fabric you would normally wear to work because the style is perfect for you.

  43. Lisette December 4, 2010 at 13:25 #

    Beautiful dress and you look very pretty wearing it. Wear it for work, it’s too pretty to leave it only for special occasions! Cute shoes too =)

  44. Karen December 4, 2010 at 13:35 #

    Your dress is gorgeous! Makes me want a 50′s style coat-dress.

  45. Erica B. December 4, 2010 at 13:56 #

    Great dress! You look fabulous in it!

  46. Dei December 4, 2010 at 15:53 #

    How flattering. Great dress.

  47. Shannon December 4, 2010 at 16:25 #

    That dress could not be any more perfect for you! Adorable.

  48. Ilse December 4, 2010 at 16:51 #

    You look fabulous in that outfit. What a wonderful accomplishment.

  49. vicki December 4, 2010 at 17:47 #

    This really looks fabulous on you!

  50. CGCouture December 4, 2010 at 18:01 #

    O.M.G. I love this dress on you! Even though you had to shorten it, I think the length is still fine. Maybe not an everyday dress, but any time you wanted to feel a little uniquely glam it would be perfect. :-)

  51. Myra December 4, 2010 at 18:33 #

    Beautiful dress and absolutely love the fabric and colors! Makes your personality jump right through the computer! Great, great work!

  52. cdnmich December 4, 2010 at 21:05 #

    I like it on you! I think it’s very Mad Men – ish. I love that fabric, looks so much like the Burda!

  53. Loraquilt December 5, 2010 at 00:41 #

    Great dress and you look great in it!

  54. toy December 5, 2010 at 06:29 #

    this is beautiful, I love how this fits you, the fabric is beautiful too

  55. wendy December 5, 2010 at 08:39 #

    That’s really pretty! I love the print with that full skirt :-) It looks very modern with such a graphic print.

  56. NuJoi December 5, 2010 at 09:03 #

    It turned out great. Love the splashes of color.

  57. Elizabeth December 5, 2010 at 10:41 #

    Super cute!!!! Definitely make this dress again!

  58. Sara December 5, 2010 at 10:56 #

    You look fantastic!

  59. Summerset December 5, 2010 at 15:10 #

    I think it looks fab as is – the shorter lengths, everything!

  60. Carol December 5, 2010 at 16:30 #

    Whatever you’re doing is working. You look hot, hot hot!

  61. Janet B December 6, 2010 at 00:45 #

    That dress is fantastic for you. You should definitely make another version in another fabric.

  62. Rosie December 6, 2010 at 08:56 #

    RC – I am late for the party but still wanted to let you know that the dress looks fabulous. I do agree that another version in another fabric should be in your queue! Looking great!!

  63. Shelley December 7, 2010 at 12:59 #

    Dress looks fantastic. Today noticed on a dress a day, there’s Cidell’s dress!

  64. The Slapdash Sewist December 7, 2010 at 16:11 #

    So cute!!! You’ve almost sold me on this one. I don’t like the line of the raglan sleeve in the line drawing, but they look great on. Love.

  65. CHARLENE December 7, 2010 at 22:39 #

    Your dress turned out nice. You look great in it. All your hard work paid off.

  66. Kimberlee December 8, 2010 at 00:33 #

    This suits you very well. I know you have a billion things to sew but I think you should make this one again. My opinion is golden, I know. ;)

    I love your blog, keep it up!

  67. Amy L December 8, 2010 at 09:08 #

    I saw the dress on PR the other when I popped on for a few minutes and knew I had to drop you a quick comment. When you showed the picture in Nov. of the dress in progress I was immediately envious. The finished product looks great on you.

  68. Amber December 8, 2010 at 11:19 #

    What a fabulous dress!!

  69. mochimo December 8, 2010 at 13:42 #

    Your dress is gorgeous! And you look fantastic in it! You know, I thought this dress was ugly und generally unflattering when I saw it in the magazine. I really really have to eat my words.

  70. 42 December 10, 2010 at 02:14 #

    your work is fabulous. I love them all

  71. Tasia December 11, 2010 at 19:33 #

    Gorgeous! It’s a fantastic dress on you, flattering, dramatic and elegant! I wouldn’t have pictured it looking so good from the illustration. You wear it so well!

  72. senaSews December 15, 2010 at 10:35 #

    I love that dress. You look fabulous in it. Never paid attention to this pattern.

  73. Gala December 16, 2010 at 05:28 #

    your dress looking better, than the same in magazine!!!

  74. Kairi February 9, 2012 at 04:01 #

    That looks really chic on you! :)

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