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Pattern Reviews> BurdaStyle Magazine> 07-2003-137 (Dress)

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CSM--Carla said... (10/14/13 8:02 AM) Reply
Gorgeous and great colors on you!
Sara The Slayer said... (1/16/08 7:39 AM) Reply
vmanchaala said... (11/29/07 3:05 PM) Reply
Hello Deepika, This Salwar kameez is beautiful. I want to make this my own. Please tell me where/how i can buy this pattern. Thank you.
rcnc said... (1/23/04 12:18 PM) Reply
Absolutely gorgeous. I am really interested in doing these kinds of outfits and you have shown me that it can be done.
Lisa Laree said... (11/17/03 12:15 PM) Reply
Wow! Look what I missed while I was locked away with the flannel...Deepika, I am so impressed. What a beautiful outfit you have made! And what useful things you learned doing it! And how cool that other people now want to learn from you! Kudos all around... ;)
JDpenelope said... (10/31/03 8:32 AM) Reply
What an accomplishment! Another reason to check out Burda.
Jali said... (10/29/03 10:37 PM) Reply
Sure will, Deepika, once its finished. I am finishing up the top and about to start on the pants. Only thing is, this is going to be my very first pair of pants!
Deepika said... (10/27/03 7:01 AM) Reply
JoElise Wow! I would love to see your outfit. Can you review it please? It sounds lovely. I realised that even though this outfit wasnt so easy to sew, once its finished its so special and I love it! debtro Thank you for your kind wishes. I had a wonderful Diwali. The last 3 days I've just been pigging out ;-) I wore my dress on Sat. for a family service and my 16 year old cousin said "How come you have the coolest clothes every time!" And I replied "Thanks, that's because I make them myself ;-)". And they couldnt believe it. I was the star of the show. This has never happened before and I felt so special. Same thing happened yesterday when I wore it again to another party. And guess what? Two young girls want to learn sewing from me!!! Isnt that awesome.
sailonsilvergirl said... (10/26/03 7:57 PM) Reply
Wow, Deepika, your outfit is gorgeous. I hope you had a wonderful Diwali in it!! Seeing your results, I am so moved to track down this Burda WOF issue and make something with my silks from India too! They would be a great match with this pattern. I just wanted to say this website and the other sewing sites I've found through this have been so inspirational. PR has made so many things possible through what I've learned here. I think I will grow into a longtime committed sewer because of this site. Thank you.
Jali said... (10/26/03 10:13 AM) Reply
Therer's nothing left for me to say. Just that hearing about your tribulations with the bias binding sounds all too familiar to me. Inspired by the thread in SW I just recently started making a similar formalwear outfit in a silky fabric. A sleeveless, open-front, top with a buttoned-up mandarin collar and wide pants. And guess what the bias binding I was doing for the armhole has just about brought me to tears. The binding ravelled and I had to tuck every single thread inside before stitching. Sob. It hasn't turned out well on the inside and being the perfectionist that I am, it does make me dicouraged. But seeing an outfit made as lovely as yours with allthe effort you've put in spurs me on to go ahead and finish mine. As you first inspired me to start this project you've inspired me to finish it!
Meredith P said... (10/14/03 11:20 AM) Reply
I'm late in commenting, but I just wanted to say how much I love your outfit, what a GREAT job you did. It looks wonderful on you.
Ann Smith said... (10/13/03 8:05 PM) Reply
Deepika: I have followed your discussion of this outfit on SW and feel so thrilled to finally see it. Your outfit is so stunning, classic yet individual. You will enjoy it for years!
Alana Robson said... (10/13/03 7:03 AM) Reply
Gosh, what can I say that hasn't already been said? I looked at the pictures first, and my first thought was what great fit through the upper body in the front and the back. Those of you who already liked the "salwar kameez" style will find this funny: in the latest book companion to BBC's What Not to Wear television show, they show a dress-over-pants style at least five times--it's a modern fresh look, and practical too.
Dale C said... (10/10/03 10:30 PM) Reply
Wow Deepika, It's beautiful! And so perfect for you. Thanks for the link to the GLP site. I'm going to check it out to look for some back issues. Again, congrats on a beautifully successful project!
KarenP said... (10/10/03 3:08 PM) Reply
Wow!!! I just caught up to your review today...your outfit is beautiful and inspiring!
Kathryn said... (10/10/03 8:45 AM) Reply
Deepika, I love your review. I think that only you will even notice any small imperfections...the outfit looks so wonderful, and so classy! You are an inspiration to make each of us reach just a bit higher in our sewing skills, and you have the great results to show for it. Your Mom will be sooo proud of her pretty, intelligent, and talented daughter, and you'll be the "bell of the ball" at the festival of lights, for sure!
stripey said... (10/9/03 4:10 PM) Reply
Gigi -- thanks for the reminder. Since I don't have much time online, I often forget about the website reviews! I'll try to do that soon.
Georgene said... (10/9/03 12:19 PM) Reply
Stripey, you should do a website review for the Tilke book. I am so glad its online. My interest has been renewed in ethnic dress and I was pining for this book. I am so glad I don't have to buy it now!
stripey said... (10/9/03 11:36 AM) Reply
katherine -- glad you enjoyed the site! For years, borrowed the Tilke book from the library -- a back-breaking TOME of several hundred pages! When I found out that it was available online, I jumped for joy! No more backaches! Anyone who has even the remotest interest in ethnic costume ought to check it out. It's one of the few ethnic-costume books where the seams are drawn so clearly that you can fake a pattern from them if you know how to draft your own. It's also a good companion to the "Folkwear" patterns,-- an excellent source for embellishment ideas.
Deepika said... (10/9/03 9:28 AM) Reply
Patti I am so touched by your lovely comment. Thank you so much! As far as time is concerned, I learnt this from you guys only! MaryT suggests that if I do something sewing related even if it means tidying up my sewing area, or tracing a pattern or even sewing one seam a day thats good enough. Thats how I finished this dress actually. It took me a month to do it but I enjoyed every moment of it (except the binding! I was ready to pull my hair out :) ).
Maria Hatfield said... (10/9/03 8:50 AM) Reply
Deepika ! this outfit is beautiful ! you really out did yourself this time. no wonder your so proud of it. its beautiful.
Deepika said... (10/9/03 6:45 AM) Reply
You all are so nice :) Irina You can find back issues of Burda Magazine from the GLP News website. Call them up. They might have some. Otherwise I am sure they can get it for you. There are a lot of good patterns in the July issue. Monahan reviewed pants which I want to make also. I've seen the only thing which slows me down is the tracing process but once you get down to it, its not really that different from tracing regular patterns. Karla I think you are right. But you know how we all want things to be perfect? I just wish I could get the fit right but it doesnt matter. When I came out of my room wearing this dress so that my BIL can take the photo, he gasped out loud! So I guess the dress is now teenage approved also ;-) I wish my mom could come here for Diwali but this year I'll just have to show the photos. I couldn't catch her online yesterday, hoping to show it to her today. Can't wait to see what she thinks.
Karla Kizer said... (10/9/03 6:25 AM) Reply
Unbelievable! It's fantastic, and you are being overly critical of the fit. There might be things you would change next time, but this outfit looks wonderful. Use "my" thought process to evaluate the fit: if you had found this outfit in RTW and tried it on, would you have bought it if it fit like this one? I'll bet the answer is YES - but you couldn't have found something so unique and stunning at an affordable price. I am VERY impressed!
Katharine in BXL said... (10/9/03 6:07 AM) Reply
What a beautiful outfit for Diwali! You can see even in the picture the quality of the silk. Stunning! Thank you Stripey for that website! I love it!Referred friends to it already.
Irene said... (10/9/03 0:48 AM) Reply
What a great job! Well worth the effort, having followed the story on the message boards. Your mother will be so proud!
Joos said... (10/8/03 10:04 PM) Reply
Wow, this is truly an inspiration for those who love to sew!
Tonia Van Dyk said... (10/8/03 9:44 PM) Reply
I simply will echo the others that have left their opinions here - well done. What a beautiful outfit. You look gorgeous in it!
Mbarkle said... (10/8/03 9:14 PM) Reply
Wow, what a gorgeous outfit. Your work is beautiful.
Elona said... (10/8/03 7:18 PM) Reply
Deepika, that really is a spectacular ensemble. All the care you took paid off handsomely. Congratulations.
Leslie in Austin said... (10/8/03 6:45 PM) Reply
Gorgeous, Deepika, simply gorgeous.
Mel.J said... (10/8/03 6:40 PM) Reply
Lovely. Great colours & style. You can be proud that you completed such a difficult project (we know you wanted to give up sometimes). Have lots of fun at Diwali. Also, thanks for the tip about hemming the panels... I had awful trouble when I tried something similar with chiffon.
gabrielle said... (10/8/03 6:03 PM) Reply
Oh, gorgeous! I think that style looks great on you, too. it's so graceful, I love the light layers. It must look really pretty when walking, too. Just got my first Burda WOF--what a great mag!
Jennie Pakula said... (10/8/03 5:36 PM) Reply
That really is great - it looks fantastic, you did so much work to make it 'yours' and you did it in a fabric I'd run a mile to avoid! Well done!
Neefer said... (10/8/03 2:51 PM) Reply
Oh, it came out so cool! I'm so glad. I love that outfit, too. It looks fantastic on you.
PattiA said... (10/8/03 12:44 PM) Reply
Deepika, I am remembering not too long ago when you first posted on Sewingworld. You were just beginning your sewing adventures; Patternreview wasn't even a gleam in your eye. Your outfit is absolutely stunning! You will be a shining light yourself at Divali. I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank you for Patternreview--what a wonderful resource for those of us who love to sew. I don't know how you find the time to keep a home, hold a job, do what is required to maintain Patternreview, and sew such stunning garments!
Lisette said... (10/8/03 12:09 PM) Reply
Just wonderful!! I was following your progress on sewing world so I'm very happy to know you finished it. Lots of work but worth it!
CarolynGM said... (10/8/03 11:49 AM) Reply
Deepika -- It might be time to consider changing your sewing skills rating to advanced! And where can I get my hands on the Burda magazine? Your outfit is stunning and extremely flattering. It must have been quite a challenge to sew it and fit it.
msbillie said... (10/8/03 11:44 AM) Reply
Wow, your outfit is stunning!
Deepika said... (10/8/03 11:13 AM) Reply
Thank you so much for your nice comments. It's really thrilling to be able to share my love of sewing with so many. I have to give the credit for photography to my Brother in law who took all the pictures. He is really good isn't he? He he... now I wont have to beg and pester DH for taking my photos for reviews. Georgene oh boy yes I am glad its over and that I can wear it. I might even wear to the PR Weekend actually ;-) Not sure if the empire waist style is for me though. Does it make me look a little heavier in the middle? Can you guys help me with the fit? What could I have done to make the bodice fit a little better so that the horizontal seam under the bust actually sits under the bust.
stripey said... (10/8/03 10:45 AM) Reply
Deepika, in my opinion, your version of the outfit is prettier and more elegant than the original in the magazine! Well done! Your mom chose a good fabric for you, too. And I also really like your idea of using tie bands to retrospectively "alter" your fit! (Very clever, and very pretty design element, too -- I'll file that away for future reference.) I'm glad you've fallen in love with Burda Magazine -- I've always found it interesting that so many of the patterns in Burda (especially the issues from the late 90s) are based on classic shapes and on traditional ethnic wear. To recreate these traditional styles, it's usually just a matter of eliminating a few details, changing the hems (lowering them, most often!) and finding the right fabric -- just as you've done here with this pattern. I've also seen patterns in Burda magazine that echo the lines of kaftans, kimonos, saris, hanboks, dirndls, Tyrol-style jackets -- just about every sort of ethnic/folkloric costume that's out there. Oh, this reminds me : anyone interested in folkloric costumes from Asia will want to check this website out. This is an online version of the famous Tilke folk-costume book:
Georgene said... (10/8/03 10:40 AM) Reply
Hooray! Looks great (and aren't you glad it's over?) You will have an excellent Diwali in this beautiful outfit you made yourself. Great results for the first trip out. Congratulations and Happy Diwali.
els said... (10/8/03 10:23 AM) Reply
Deepika thumbs up for you, it's gorgeous,and suits you perfect .You can be proud of yourself.Further all I agree with all the comments already made from the other members.
sewnew said... (10/8/03 10:01 AM) Reply
Deepika, your work is so beautiful.
Teri said... (10/8/03 9:49 AM) Reply
Wow, that is just beautiful!
jlg said... (10/8/03 9:46 AM) Reply
Deepika, your outfit is absolutely beautiful, and you look fabulous in it. I love the fabric.
Pam Z said... (10/8/03 9:44 AM) Reply
Congratulations! You look so beautiful in your new outfit. Very complimentary colors.
MaryBeth said... (10/8/03 9:27 AM) Reply
Deepika: that fabric is toooo wonderful and your outfit overall, with and without the dupatta, is stunning. Your review was charming and the detail of the tie ingenious.
Diane E said... (10/8/03 9:19 AM) Reply
Deepika, I am stunned. This is absolutely fabulous. Love the photo styling, too. Great review with some wonderful ideas for any garment with like details. Thanks so much for inspiring me to take additional looks at those magazines.
Skymom said... (10/8/03 9:14 AM) Reply
Just gorgeous, Deepika. You used the print well in this outfit. What a great-looking, contemporary salwar kameez.
SouthernStitch said... (10/8/03 8:59 AM) Reply
Deepika I am so impressed. You have inspired me to try a silky fabric soon! Your outfit is fabulous!
GorgeousFabrics said... (10/8/03 8:37 AM) Reply
Beautiful beautiful beautiful!!!!
Rennie Ashby said... (10/8/03 8:14 AM) Reply
More than a formal outfit this is a work of art!
AnneM said... (10/8/03 7:58 AM) Reply
Yeah! Looks great, Deepika. I cut the bias binding to 2" also; I was hoping those little tape makers would help make it easier! I agree w/ Ann - good location for the photo. I really like the pants. I've been uncertain what pants like that would look like on someone w/ our build, and it certainly looks lovely on you.
cindyann said... (10/8/03 7:35 AM) Reply
Deepika, that is just beautiful. So graceful! Thank you for this review. I love this design. I hear you about the bias tape maker, although I'm sure a sturdy cotton or linen would be much easier to use the gadget on. LOL Kudos for working with such a difficult fabric.
monahan said... (10/8/03 7:29 AM) Reply
Ann B. said... (10/8/03 7:23 AM) Reply
Wow, your outfit is so beautiful! It was worth all the work. The colors flatter you so well, and your outfit is much prettier than the pattern photo. Nice photo styling in front of the complementary window, also.
Gigi Louis said... (10/8/03 7:23 AM) Reply
D, your outfit is absolutely stunning! I hope you've sent your mom a photo - she will be sooo impressed! When you cut bias to use in the bias-tape makers you do have to cut it wider - as you've already found out, bias stretches when you pull it.
Lou. said... (10/8/03 7:14 AM) Reply
OH my, that is fantastic!!
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