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Posted on:1/30/14 5:35 AM
Project Photo:BurdaStyle Magazine: 05-2007-115 by yummymummy38

BurdaStyle Magazine: 05-2007-115 by yummymummy38  BurdaStyle Magazine: 05-2007-115 by yummymummy38  
Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 2 people   
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Fabric:Linen  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description: a raglan sleeved, single breasted shirt dress with trench like details

Pattern Sizing:38-46, I made 38, grading to 40 at waist

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?yup

Were the instructions easy to follow? not too bad for BWOF. I found the welts tricky, but my teacher Liz helped me with that. Otherwise the 2and a half dot rating is about right. Lots of topstitching, all up it took 14.5 hours (3.5 hours just on epaulettes, buttonholes, belt loops etc)

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I have never been a fan of the shirtdress but in a wardrobing article in Australian In Style, I was inspired by their use of a trench style dress, used as a light coat over a dress. I was considering making a trench later, but unsure of the style's suitability for me. Hence the trial run with the dress version which could be used as a coat. I liked that it was raglan sleeved, single breasted and had the topstitching, gun flap and epaulette features that made this military in style.

Fabric Used:cobalt blue linen, 2.17m of 130cm. (I used every scrap and needed other fabric for the pocket bags.)

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:I'm 5'1", so I folded up 4cm on CF (1), Back(5) , Side front(3) and front band(2) at a point 7cm above the waist. Following further fitting, I removed 0.5cm from outer edges of raglan sleeves (pieces 6,7) to account for my narrower shoulders) I used foot width seams on the collarstand, so my collar is slightly larger than drafted.
closeup of safari bodice

Designwise I prefered the belt loops upside down and instead of making buttonholes for them and the epaulettes, I just sewed the buttons on through the loops. I would also recommend interfacing where the buttonhole in the gun flap would be.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?thinking about making another in red sometime... Well drafted.

Conclusion: A classic safari dress in a less than classic colour

how I styled the safari dress
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BillieJean said...
Absolutely lovely!
1/30/14 6:27 AM
carrie18584 said...
So cute! And I love the blue color!
1/30/14 8:24 AM
VirginiasDghter said...
Oh thanks for this review! This dress is know - short for FAB-ULOUS! I love the style, the color, the fabric. Everything about it is just perfect!
1/31/14 1:52 PM
yummymummy38 said...
Thanks for your comments, ladies. On my list to sew is another Burdastyle safari dress, all that lovely top stitching...
2/3/14 7:40 AM
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