Pattern Review: Burda 6/2010 #123: Silk Jersey Sack Dress

14 Jul

Remember my obsession with this BCBG huge red, white and blue plaid print?

Well, I found a gorgeous plaid silk jersey in two colorways at A Fabric Place / Michael’s Fabric.  I knew as soon as I saw it I was powerless to resist.

Even on sale, I could only spring for two yards of each cut. This was my first time sewing with silk jersey. My serger didn’t like it. My sewing machine didn’t really like it. I wish I could sew a stretch stitch using a straight stitch foot and plate. That, would be ideal.

The pattern is Burda Magazine 6-2010-123. It’s such a wonderfully fast sew! I made it in two nights after work. So, let’s say four hours (at most). I am pretty proud of the plaid matching done on this dress. I am usually dead nervous about using plaids. I *adore* plaids. Seriously. Love everything about them. But, the matching = hives. I have several plaids for blouses that I’ve avoided making up because I start sweating at the thought of matching.

I chose this dress because it had few seams and would not be a fabric hog.

I did add one to center back to make my usual swayback adjustment.

The pattern calls for bias strips to finish the neckline. I could not be bothered. I just turned under and used my twin needles

Based on a previous version I made (Haven’t posted yet. Wearing to a party tomrrow night) I added two inches in length to make this office appropriate.

All the shaping from this dress comes from the belt. The dress is essentially a sack.

I ADORE this dress. It’s fun, sexy, and perfect for summer. But, I must warn you. I do not have the same firmness I once did and have to wear a slip with this dress. If not, it looks like squirrels are doing battle behind me when I walk.

The only problem with the plaid (and this is just apparent in photos) is that your eye has something to to ‘level’ on. So, with the blousooning, the dress can look a wee off kilter.

Overall, I’m happy. I did have several people at work say I should have worn this version for the Friday night party. But, I didn’t want to get my new silk jersey dress all yucky quite yet.

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67 Responses to “Pattern Review: Burda 6/2010 #123: Silk Jersey Sack Dress”

  1. Laura July 14, 2011 at 20:21 #

    It is beautiful! I bet the fabric feels wonderful.

  2. Isidore July 14, 2011 at 20:23 #

    Love it! If this is the same pattern as the Anda dress that has been made up on BurdaStyle so many times, I think it is my favorite version so far.

  3. Robin July 14, 2011 at 20:29 #

    How great is that dress?! Wow, I love it. I have never sewn with silk jersey – I bet is is comfortable. Beautiful!!

  4. Elizabeth July 14, 2011 at 20:30 #

    That is too cute and sexy!

  5. SewOm July 14, 2011 at 20:38 #

    Wow – its gorgeous and I love it! You’re fulfilling your intention of becoming very chic.

  6. molly July 14, 2011 at 21:04 #

    I love giant plaids and I’m really coming around to the idea of sack dresses as long as they have belts to go with.

  7. Shannon July 14, 2011 at 21:10 #

    I love this- it looks great on you! I made a muslin of this dress a while back and hated it, but I used a woven. I wonder if using a knit might give me better results since I still love the tech drawings and still think about trying it again from time to time.

  8. trish July 14, 2011 at 21:24 #

    Ms. Silliness!! Your plaid dress is perfect! lookin’ good, as usual!! (I DO appreciate your comments about mis-behaving silk machine sewing.) I am glad it isn’t just me.

  9. lulu July 14, 2011 at 22:05 #

    “…it looks like squirrels are doing battle behind me when I walk.” Too funny. The dress looks perfect for the hot summers.

  10. angela July 14, 2011 at 22:30 #


  11. Liz July 14, 2011 at 22:36 #

    Wow. Gorgeous. Fabulous shoes too!
    Thanks for reminding me about this pattern.

  12. Jenny July 14, 2011 at 22:49 #

    Awesome fabric, and that pattern is killer on you! You are killing me with the squirrels reference, though. Tea coming out my nose.

  13. dikisdersi July 14, 2011 at 23:03 #

    jersey fabrics, beautiful stitching Teflon feet.and the dress was very beautiful

  14. sdBev July 14, 2011 at 23:40 #

    Thank you for sharing your experience. This is fresh, lovely very attractive.

  15. Jada July 14, 2011 at 23:43 #

    Very cute summer dress! Looks llike it is very comfortable. Great job.

  16. Jenny July 15, 2011 at 00:35 #

    Darling dress & I am really impressed with how good that top cut looks on you. Anytime I try it I look like I’m built like King Kong. Great matching of plaids too. That is another winner!

  17. allisonc July 15, 2011 at 00:54 #

    It took me a while to buy into the sack dress thing, but I made this pattern up last year and have worn it to death. Seeing your lovely version makes me think I should make another. I’ve never checked behind to see if I have battling squirrels, but I expect I do, oh well!

  18. Isabelle July 15, 2011 at 01:58 #

    Silk jersey, nice!
    The dress looks great on you. Very cute and fresh.

  19. Summer July 15, 2011 at 02:24 #

    Beautiful dress, beautifully made, gorgeous on you!

    Thank you for the laugh re: battling squirrels. It really brightened my day :)

  20. Karin July 15, 2011 at 03:24 #

    It might have been a pain to sew the stretch silk jersey, but the resulting dress is great. A little bit edgy, but still pretty and feminine. And also flattering with the belt on.

  21. senaSews July 15, 2011 at 04:19 #

    Cute and fun dress for summer. And you did a great job on matching the plaids.

  22. claireokc July 15, 2011 at 04:31 #

    Wow – love this dress on you…have you thought about doing this in black with a longer tie that might be a little fuller at the the bottom a la Diana in her black “coming out” dress?…I think this could be killer fabulous on you.

  23. Parisgrrl July 15, 2011 at 04:39 #

    Pretty…you might whip up a solid-color belt in one of the colors of the dress and see if that settles the eye more when you belt it. That squirrel image is going to be in my head all day….

  24. Stevie July 15, 2011 at 06:31 #

    That Is fab! I recently bought loads of silk jersey in a petrol colour. Enough for a cardigan and a dress. The wrap cardi is a UFO because it won’t behave under my machine! It feels so fabulous on my skin though It has to be finished! You have inspired me to give it another go! x

  25. Summerset July 15, 2011 at 07:16 #

    Super cute and summer perfect!

  26. Kristy July 15, 2011 at 07:34 #

    It’s funny how you can look at the patterns in a Burda mag and go ‘meh’, but then you see someone make up one of the patterns and it looks stunning just like your dress. I really would not have thought that such a result would come from that pattern. And your fabric choice is spot on, worth every cent it cost

  27. Renee July 15, 2011 at 08:25 #

    Oh, Cidell, I’m so glad no one was around to see me rolling over the squirrel comment. Thanks for making my morning! And that is a seriously great dress.

  28. Beth Conkwright July 15, 2011 at 08:30 #

    Great job matching the plaids. You look so cute in that dress. I have a trick for matching plaids after I cut out front I take crayons and on seam line draw main colors of plaid on pattern. Then match back and continue the plaid on back pattern with crayons. Then you just line up crayon marks to matching colors on plaid. It works well.

  29. susan July 15, 2011 at 08:42 #

    The pattern/fabric combo makes for one terrific dress…and great shoes BTW! And the squirrels….too funny!

  30. jacquie July 15, 2011 at 08:46 #

    Wow, what a beautiful dress! The style looks fabulous in that fabric and it looks fabulous on you. Oh yes, pattern matching – you aren’t alone in feeling a little ill at the thought of it.

  31. Fran G July 15, 2011 at 08:46 #

    My first reaction to your new dress was “Wow! How nice!” My second reaction was “Wow! Really nice!” A very attractive and slimming fit..definitely going to find my issue of the magazine and give it a go. Colors look great on you. This could be a favorite dress/pattern!

  32. Carolyn July 15, 2011 at 09:48 #

    This is really cute on you!

  33. Jane M July 15, 2011 at 09:55 #

    Wonderful dress on you and perfect for summer days and nights. I alos love those shoes!!

  34. Samina July 15, 2011 at 11:07 #

    That dress looks so fabulous, cool & comfortable on you! You said you bought two prints though – where’s the other? Don’t make us wait to see it!

  35. lcee2 July 15, 2011 at 11:11 #

    Beautiful dress!

  36. Rachel July 15, 2011 at 11:18 #

    That is a really pretty dress. It looks fabulous on you. I am still obsessing over that BCBG fabric myself.

  37. wildflower July 15, 2011 at 11:20 #

    That dress looks awesome on you. The fabric is lovely.

  38. Dr. Z July 15, 2011 at 11:25 #

    Love your use of this plaid. Great summer dress!

  39. Victoria July 15, 2011 at 11:29 #

    Super cute dress! Those shoes are adorable too:)

  40. AnniinBC July 15, 2011 at 11:36 #

    Cute dress, I Luv it!

  41. Claire (aka Seemane) July 15, 2011 at 12:35 #

    Love this style on you – do you think you’ll make another in the same pattern :)?

  42. prttynpnk July 15, 2011 at 12:45 #

    Beautiful on you- great work!

  43. Tia Dia July 15, 2011 at 13:57 #

    Love this dress, and I get that machines dislikes silk jersey. And your squirrel comment….. yeah, well….. I’ll be snorting about that for a while!

  44. DebbieF July 15, 2011 at 14:58 #

    Absolutely GORGEOUS!

  45. Mrs Nita July 15, 2011 at 15:10 #

    I like reading your blog and am new (extremely new) to sewing. I have one question, what is a sway back adjustment?

  46. Meg July 15, 2011 at 15:19 #

    Really cute! Look at all the comments you’re racking up.

  47. Sewista Fashionista July 15, 2011 at 15:45 #

    Your dress is beautiful! What a lovely summery plaid.

  48. The Slapdash Sewist July 15, 2011 at 15:57 #

    This is gorgeous on you!!! What a wonderful use of your silk jersey. It’s so casually chic, like, “This old thing?”

  49. Marcy July 15, 2011 at 17:47 #

    Very pretty dress Renee. And to think it only took four hours to make! I may have to get into sewing after all!

  50. kathleen July 16, 2011 at 14:44 #

    Lovely dress – looks great on you!

  51. Phil Hoover July 16, 2011 at 15:57 #

    Hi Cidell!

    Its been a while and I too lost your contact information (account got hacked! grrr!). I was poking around the internet and see you did a follow up to your first article about cutco scissors.

    I wanted to get in touch with you in regards to that, so please email me back.


  52. laura July 16, 2011 at 21:11 #

    Such a flattering dress! You look wonderful in it. Who would have thought something so simple would look so smart? And since I’m so lousy at making clothes for myself I feel kinda stupid asking if you tried using a ‘sharp (or metalic)’ needle as opposed to a ‘ballpoint or stretch needle. I’ve found that a sharp seems to create a bit less madness on this type of fabric, although it makes no sense to me!

  53. Carol July 17, 2011 at 02:47 #

    I love the dress and I would never have thought to make it if I hadn’t seen it on you. The blue toes make it perfect

  54. emadethis July 17, 2011 at 08:03 #

    Well if it’s a sack, it’s the cutest looking sack I’ve certainly seen! The shoes are fantastic too.

  55. Sharon July 17, 2011 at 13:41 #

    Looks beautiful and even seems like it feels like buttah! Ha ha about your squirrels comment.

  56. Phyllis July 17, 2011 at 15:45 #

    Girl you need a pair of Fluevogs to go with this dress, Pindown Raquel would look faboo:

    as would Rules Goodall if you want to be a baad girl

  57. Gail July 17, 2011 at 19:54 #

    Love the throw on ease of this dress. The fabric is lovely.

  58. Amy L July 18, 2011 at 09:43 #

    Love the plaid!! One of my favorites and it’s a perfect fit for the dress!

  59. barb July 18, 2011 at 11:38 #

    The plaid looks nice on you just wanted to let you know I like your hair cut .It looks good. I am natural also and was debating if I should get mine shaped. After seeing how good you look with your new hair cut I think I will.It is so hard finding a person who knows how to shape a women’s hair that is natural. When you go to the barber I had to constantly remind him not to cut my hair like a man

    • Miss Celie July 18, 2011 at 13:56 #

      Thanks! I was very nervous about getting it cut and looking too masculine. But, I think I’m going to keep it this short for a while. It holds the curl much better, is faster to twist and flatters my face a bit more. I’m lucky. My stylist wears her hair natural. The cuts cost a lot more, but I’ve been very happy.

  60. Clio July 19, 2011 at 16:50 #

    Hmmm, I think maybe the plaid – that it is so bold and your eye wants to level on something – is what actually makes the dress work. If it was solid, the risk would be looking flat and shapeless, whereas the lines of the plaid actually show that you have contours and curves. I’m not sure if that makes sense; I’m still laughing at the squirrels.

  61. Marti July 19, 2011 at 21:42 #

    Hey girlie… I haven’t seen a lot of your sewing yet, but as near as I can tell, this is the best one I’ve seen. You look adorable. Makes me want to drop the projects I’m working on and make something to WEAR. :)

  62. sharenda July 20, 2011 at 16:20 #

    That pattern and print is very cute on you

  63. Susan - Knitters-Delight July 21, 2011 at 23:49 #

    Phenomenal job! You look amazing in this. Laughing my butt off at your squirrel comment. Too funny!

  64. chicaandaluza August 29, 2011 at 09:56 #

    Really lovely – shame I don´t have the pattern, but I have something similar I could adapt! Well done on the matching, very clever.


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