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Pattern Reviews> Burda> 7827 (Dress)

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Reviewed by:birdmcfarland

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Posted on:8/28/09 11:45 AM
Review Rating: Helpful by 2 people    Very Helpful by 10 people   
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Vellela said... (8/30/09 11:13 PM) Reply
Lovely dress...looks great
Vintage Joan said... (8/29/09 7:50 PM) Reply
What a great dress -- it looks fantastic on you. Thanks for a very good review. :)
sewbehind said... (8/29/09 11:17 AM) Reply
Beautiful dress. Lucky you with the loftier buttocks!
birdmcfarland said... (8/29/09 9:54 AM) Reply
I never used spray starch before, but I make my own bias binding and thought that it might help stabilize it. I used an olive green lawn-like fabric for the binding and the starch gave it a nice crispness that it wouldn't have had otherwise. That made it very easy to attach using the binder foot. Also, starching the folded over edge for flat felling helped it go through the felling foot with half as much work on my part. And the nice thing about starch is that it simply washes out.
Fran G said... (8/29/09 8:09 AM) Reply
Loved your dress and work at first sight! We sewers tend to be super critical of all of our little errors, a little wonky sewing here, a wrinkle there. You are aware of any areas that you are not happy with but the rest of us cannot see them. Your styling of this dress is perfect! How did spray starch help you on this project? I am going back to looks at your links..thanks and you did a wonderful job!
birdmcfarland said... (8/28/09 9:17 PM) Reply
Thanks everyone for the commentary! I really appreciate it.
Rhoda K said... (8/28/09 8:18 PM) Reply
You did a great job on this dress and a great review. The color is beautiful. I didn't realize PA Fabric Outlet had one in Lancaster! I used to shop the one in Lemoyne.
SpinningJenny said... (8/28/09 7:45 PM) Reply
Great dress and love the colour! Thanks for the super helpful review.
Kay Y said... (8/28/09 7:26 PM) Reply
Add me to the list of people who think this dress looks fantastic. Congratulations on sticking it out (and remember, if the "error" cannot be noticed from 8 feet or so away, it does NOT count!).
Catbird said... (8/28/09 7:09 PM) Reply
I think you did a great job and I hope you get lots of wear out of this wonderful classic!
Raye Ann said... (8/28/09 4:33 PM) Reply
congratulations on your gorgeous dress! you look ready for the outback:) i don't see any problem with extra fabric from the front or back, it actually looks perfect. any less ease in the back shoulder area may effect your arm movement. welt pockets, miles of button and topstitching, flat felled seams/hong kong finishes.... move yourself up girl!
Dynamo said... (8/28/09 3:26 PM) Reply
This dress suits you! I don't think anyone would notice the wee imperfections that are bothering you. Good on you for perservering and ending up with a great result.
Pinkytoo said... (8/28/09 3:13 PM) Reply
I'm glad I could help and that you stuck with it because the finished project is fantastic! I never would have noticed the belt loops (still don't), and this style suits you so well. I even like the belt as-is. Great job!
carolynw said... (8/28/09 3:03 PM) Reply
Someone would have to have an eagle eye to find an error in this stunning dress - move up from "beginner" you are quite advanced turning out this perfect dress!!
Mary Nanna said... (8/28/09 2:40 PM) Reply
dress looks great - I love what you did with the darts in the back - it adds great shape as well as interesting detail. I love top stitching - when I upgraded my old machine I set it up as a top stitching machine with a special needle etc - but soon gave up on the idea because my new machine has the BEST edge foot (Bernina) which does perfect top stitching! Your dress looks stunning - it sounds to me like you've got "I sewed it" where you only see/remember what went wrong but everyone else sees a wonderful creation.
gatorgirl4325 said... (8/28/09 2:03 PM) Reply
You should be *very* proud of your fantastic dress! It is a winner!!
persevering said... (8/28/09 1:42 PM) Reply
Congratulations on your fabulous dress! I so much wanted to make this dress - actually just like you have - color, fabric, etc. - ever since I saw it originally in the Burda magazine. So I am happy to see that you are successful with all of your efforts. Moreover by posting your challenges, your review and links are quite an education of issues I had no previous awareness, and may help me a lot in my future sewing. Thanks!
Jacqui315 said... (8/28/09 12:42 PM) Reply
I definitely think you've graduated from beginner status with this great dress!
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