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Diana (aka Sew Passionista)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Burda Style Raglan Dress

Some of you may have already seen this project as it is part of my PR Mini Wardrobe entry.

This is probably going to be a favorite garment and I can see wearing it for years to come.

Here it is..

It's meant to replace this dress , also a Burda, which I made over 10 years ago and is going to go live with one of my sisters now.


The Burda Raglan Dress which is in the Nov. issue of 2008 and is #118 was easy to make. There are only four pieces to this pattern including two piece sleeves.
It features  curved lines joining the front and back to the sleeves. ( Please ignore the little darts in the neckline. I took them out.)


I was able to use the wide selvedge of fabric for the neck band.


I added shape to the dress by curving the side seams at the waist as the style was quite boxy.

The only other alteration I made was an FBA which I eased into the side seams rather than sew a bust dart and I flattened the shoulders a bit to allow for my sloped shoulders. Oh and I lengthened the sleeves.


This is the kind of garment which will be easy to accessorize and which can be dressy or casual.

I love it!



I also love the muslin I made to test the pattern.

The fabric is a stretch lace I bought years ago from Julie at Timmel Fabrics.I had never found what I wanted to make with it so I decided to use it for this.

I made it tunic length, left it straight at the sides and I love it belted like this.


I cut it crosswise so I could use the selvedge which is scalloped for the hem and sleeves.


And I just happen to have dark grey boots!!!


And quite coincidentally it perfectly matches the granite grey of my Mini Collection.


More pics here  .

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15 comments:

Susan Fogel said...

I like both of your dresses, the stretch lace tunic looks smashing on you, and the sweater dress changes as you change the accessories.
Nice work!
As I was opening the house this morning, I was thinking it would be a great sewing day. And that I am once again obsessed with sewing. What a wonderful,fulfilling and creative obsession we both have!
Love your mini-wardrobe!
I hope we both won!

Susan Fogel said...

I like both of your dresses, the stretch lace tunic looks smashing on you, and the sweater dress changes as you change the accessories.
Nice work!
As I was opening the house this morning, I was thinking it would be a great sewing day. And that I am once again obsessed with sewing. What a wonderful,fulfilling and creative obsession we both have!
Love your mini-wardrobe!
I hope we both won!

Irene said...

Dress and tunic - both absolutely perfect. Definitely mainstays of a winter wardrobe!

Diana said...

Thank you Susan.Yes I am obssessed with sewing but have to admit that after the sewing and computer stuff marathon of last weekend , I' even too tired to sew much this week, I only sewed to get ready for the Sewing group I monitor.
Good luck to you too.

Claire S. said...

Love both pieces ! They look fabulous on you !

pdiddly said...

I too love both pieces - was the cable knit fabric easy to find I don't think I have seen any like that on my travels.

Linda T said...

Gray is one of my favorites. Always picking up gray fabric when I really don't need to add to the stash. I need to check out that pattern. Think I was still taking Burda at that time. Both outfits are really nice!

velosewer said...

These are both beautiful. I have a similar knit but I'll have to find the matching boots. I do love boots for winter:)

Lori said...

Beautiful new garments, they look fantastic on you. I love the sweater knit fabric from your dress.

Sharon said...

Lovely dress and tunic and I can see why it will be a favourite.

Summer Flies said...

I love both your dress and your tunic. You have such greatstyle. You look fabulous I love how you have styled them both.

Amanda S. said...

This sweater dress looks completely RTW. I really thought you had bought it at a store. Great job! The lace version is nice as well.

Linda T said...

Hi Diana, I just pulled my Nov 2008 issue and #118 wasn't a raglan sleeve. Could it be a different issue, OR perhaps I'm seeing things (which wouldn't be the first time). Thanks

Linda T said...

Diana, I guess I AM going nuts. I was looking at the wrong year for November. I DID FIND THE PATTERN in Nov 2008. sorry for my confusion!!!

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Beautiful Diana. I love this style of dress. Very pretty :)