Pattern Review: Burda Magazine 3-2010-107 (the Creamsicle Dress)

I wore the Creamsicle dress from the March 2010 Burda tonight for my birthday dinner. I’m happy to report that it didn’t fall all night. But, that is was so cold I wore a sweater most of the time! The dress is made from an unlined stretch, cream and orange striped denim. I should have underlined the bodice because as you can see, it’s collapsing above the boning and below my bust.

I found shoes! These are AK Anne Klein from My friends all told me to go ‘nude’ or ‘bone’. The dress I cut in a size 40. But ended up taking it in about two inches in the side seams at the bust and an inch along the hips. I’m having some trouble recently with my large thigh alterations. Everything is kind of ballooning. I think I need to maybe think of a big caboose alteration and not so much thighs.

My birthday present to myself was whole lotta shoes this week.

Guess who forgot that she was going to add to add a hook and eye? I really meant to. I usually just put the zip right up to the top. But, I consciously left a little to use a hook and eye. But, forgot until I saw photos. I did do a swayback, but there was a LOT of futzing with the fit of the dress in the front. Those draglines were in the front too before I was done. I think I cut off grain and that didn’t help.

There in boning on the inside. Contrary to Burda’s directions, I added steel cased boning to the side seams. I also just used ribbon for the waist stay rather than sewing one from fabric. I stabilised the upper bodice with the selvedge

We went to Charleston Restaurant. I’ve *always* wanted to eat there. Below are some photos of the food. You pick the number of courses you want and have the option of matched wines with each course. I went with four courses and matched wine because I’m hoggy. I should have done three :D! The chef knows the Vegan so they prepared food just for him. I on the other hand tore up the beef tenderloin, rockfish, potato leek soup and buffalo tenderloin. It was honestly, the best meal I’ve ever had.

And, my manicure. It’s Lippmann Collection Happy Birthday. It’s a party in a bottle! Or, well, a party on my nails, lol. I had two girlfriends who were expecting their first child on my birthday. One delivered early and I’m waiting for the second still. That’s a pretty good gift too.


  1. Happy Birthday!! You look beautiful in your creamsicle dress!! I LOVE that nail polish! It does look like a party in a bottle!
    The food looks great and it looks like you had a really nice time. All in all, it appears you had a very nice birthday.
    Oh, I thought of your Liberty of London post the other day. Somehow I have gotten on the mailing list for Orvis catalogs. They have some items with Liberty of London fabric — and some clogs!!!

  2. Happy Birthday! You looked dreamy in your creamsicle dress. And Charleston’s is so yummy. Crab and grits…yum buckets!

  3. Wow, looks like you had a great birthday. Everything looks fabulous. Here’s to a great year. Cheers!

  4. You look stunning in the creamsicle dress and the colour is perfect on you. Looks you had a great birthday – congratulations.

  5. The dress looks looks LOVELY on you.

    Happy Birthday, fellow Aries! Glad you celebrated with a fancy dinner 😉

  6. (Singing)
    Happy Birthday to you!
    Happy Birthday to you!
    Happy Birthday dear Renee,
    (gearing up for the big high note)
    Happy Birthday to youuuuuuuu!!!!!!!!!
    And many more….

    You look fab in your dress. I hope you had a great day!

  7. Happy belated birthday! You look radiant in birthday your dress – great colour on you. You look amazing! Glad you had such a fabulous time.

  8. Wowee, is that a great color on you. It just makes your skin glow. Great choice.

  9. Wow, that dress looks great on you! It’s not too bare at the top, which is a problem with some strapless dresses. I’m glad you had a fun dinner. Happy birthday!

  10. Happy birthday! You look absolutely amazing. The color makes your skin glow. Love the shoes too. Perfect combo.

  11. Oh, most excellent! That color makes me want to go to the ice cream store!

  12. Just come to Charleston in your beautiful dress! We’d love to have you. Food, food, and more good food. Beaches, history, and shopping. What’s not to love?

    Amy in SC

  13. Hey there – I have been following your blog for ages and ages – have to say, this is a favorite. The color is GREAT on you! Excellent work!


  14. You look gorgeous in your dress. I think it fit’s you very nicely.
    Happy Birthday!

  15. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! That is a fantastic colour for you and the cut is just perfect. Very flattering indeed!

    Happy birthday!

  16. I love the creamsicle dress…it looks delicious and you look fantastic in it….such a great color for you. Yummy dress, yummy meal at Charleston. Happy Birthday.

  17. wow that’s a lotta goodness, all in one post!
    You look wonderful and I did not notice any sagging above the boning til you pointed it out.
    And the shoes, perfection!

    Happy Happy Birthday!

  18. First off, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! It’s looks like you had a great one. You look BEAUTIFUL!! I’m not missing the hook and eye. Girl, that dress it GORGEEEEEEOUS!!!!! You did a fabulous job on it.

  19. happy birthday. dress is beautiful and the colors so gentle. really something special.

  20. The dress is beautiful, and sometimes you just “gotta” wear something like that even if it’s too honkin’ cold out! The birthday meal looks divine; Happy 29th (again, right?)!

  21. You should be happy you are reading the following song, not listening to it, because unlike Ann I can’t sing =)

    Felicidades Renee en tu dia
    que lo pases con sana alegria
    Muchos anos de paz y armonia
    Felicidad, felicidad, felicidad!

    You looked beautiful!

  22. Wow — that dress is spectacular on you! It’s just perfect! It’s not a color I ordinarily like much, but ohhhh, you (and your skin color) give it real pizazz, lifting it waaaay out of the sherbet category! And it doesn’t hurt that you’re glowing! Happy, happy birthday!

  23. The dress is awesome, the colour is so flattering on you. Hope it still fits after that delicious birthday dinner!!

  24. Love your finished version! I ended up making mine in navy, and used the original bedsheet muslin as the lining.. sewed the cups from an old bra in between the lining and fashion fabric, and that with the boning makes it solidly slip proof. This is such a great pattern.

  25. You look scrumptious and skinny! A very happy belated birthday to you, you cute young thing you.

  26. Happy Belated Birthday! You look amazing in that dress – that color is wonderful on you! You have just the right skin tone for it – many people couldn’t wear it nearly as well.

  27. Wishing you all the belated best. I am so happy for you!!! Sometimes life goes the right way too. I think this will be your best year yet.

  28. Belated happy birthday wishes!! And you are one smokin’ hot mama in that dress! It’s just gorgeous!!!

  29. Oh, it’s lovely! You make me want to make a new frock for my birthday! I have 10 days – reckon I have a shot? “D

  30. Happy belated birthday!!! Love the food, loooove the dress, but how could I not–you are just too cool for school! Glad you had a great day.

  31. Hey I`m having so much trouble deciding which dress shoud I pick for my party…
    I saw this one in burda but I wasn`t sure can it look so good outside the magazine…
    But when I saw you I decided this will be the one…
    You look great… I hope mine would look as cool as yours…

    • It’s really, really cute! I am totally planning on making it again someday in a business-like pin stripe.

  32. I’m so glad you made this dress and made it look so pretty, I’m going to use it as a base for my wedding dress and I was a little scared that it wouldn’t translate into real life!

    You look wonderful thanks for the review!

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