This is an old favourite pattern, Burda 116 08/2011. Five or six years ago I used to have three versions in my wardrobe; it was my perfect dress at the time and it sews up really quickly so it was easy to have multiple versions. I made it up again this summer at the height of the heat wave. The fabric is a stretch cotton poplin from Tissu fabrics in bright pink. The original pattern was meant to be made in something drapey, but I find I like the effect in a crisp fabric.
It’s taken a while to get photos and the first opportunity was a very windy day so excuse the strange folds. Thanks to my husband for patiently taking photos from several angles while we tried to keep out of the wind!
I made some very minor changes to the pattern. I added 1cm to the side seams below the waist for a total extra 4cm circumference because the original hasn’t got a lot of ease at the hips. The pattern has you make bias strips to finish the armscyes. I cut an extra strip to bind the inside edge of the cowl too as it makes a much nicer finish than overlooking it. I added some interfacing to the back collar and the pocket opening edges. And finally I cut four of the pocket pieces rather than two so that I could have the pocket bags loose inside the dress rather than top-stitched to the dress front.
I think the fabric is very slightly too light in weight for this style, but I love the colour. This time around though I am noticing a few little issues that I wasn’t conscious of in previous versions. The sleeves are a bit restrictive, and the cowl neck has a mind of its own. I keep thinking that I won’t make another of these, but I also keep wearing it. Maybe I’ll make another in a heavier fabric. Sateen perhaps? I don’t think I want something as drapey as a crepe.
14 thoughts on “Schiaparelli pink Burda 116 08/2011”
Beautiful colour, I’m not surprised you keep wearing it. The style has so much going for it, fairly classic but with a specially nice cowl and neat sleeves.
What’s gorgeous colour. I can understand why you keep reaching for it!
love it! especial the cowl.
great color and looks so good on you. I wonder if this dress would work in a stable knit – might give a bit of room in the sleeves.
That’s a thought thanks. It would be nice in a ponte!
I like this in the crisp fabric, and suspect I wouldn’t if it were a drapey fabric instead. Lovely colour, and the mustard shoes go with it too!
Have you considered “controlling”the cowl by using a brooch? Perhaps pulling it to one side and artfully arranging the layers?
The color is spectacular! I always enjoy seeing your finished objects!
Oh gee that’s a great colour on you and the dress looks great. I love those photos with the green grass and the hot pink.
What a fun color! Looks fantastic. I second the thought of making it in a ponte or a knit of that weight – it would be fantastic!
Great dress, and the colour is fabulous. I agree that the fabric may be just a little fine – but it looks great so enjoy wearing it anyway! (And I’m sure it has been perfect for the conditions this summer).
Wow! you look amazing in this color.
Looks great and you reminded me that I’ve made this pattern twice before – once in something similar to this and a second time in a knit which wasn’t anywhere near as successful. So, clearly I like it in a crisper fabric too and may have to revisit it….!
Thanks! It was your first version that made me look at this pattern in the first place. Good to know to be wary of knits.
This looks like the perfect dress to me – lots of options for style. I can see why it’s a favorite.
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