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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Another golf dress - Burda 8072

I've finally finished everything that was lingering on my sewing table. A pair of slacks didn't make the cut but I did salvage the zipper. The main thing I had to finish was this golf dress. The season is winding down and I didn't want to wait until next year to wear it!


I've worked w/very few Burda patterns and none from the (in-store) pattern books. I took a few flat pattern measurements and started with the size 18 which, by the way, was the largest size. As with the Big 4 I started with a 3/4" FBA a 1" wide back adjustment and lengthened the bodice 1" and added 1" just in case side seams.

Once basted together, it was obvious that Burda allows for a much larger bust than the Big 4. Luckily I used a fabric purchased from Fabric.com which I had 10 yards of. I removed the bodice front and made a SBA back to the original size and lowered the bust dart 1".  I didn't need the additional 1" just in case seams at all. Because I'll only wear this for golf and maybe for bowling I didn't need to lengthen it. If it were a dress for everyday I would add at least 3" to the skirt.


I used pink piping to match the shoes I intend to wear golfing in this dress. My husband is a huge Paula Creamer fan and insisted on buying me these shoes she designed. I also decided to try the exposed zipper trend.



Sorry I wasn't able to get a better picture of the zipper. I'm not in love with it but I think the idea was a good one. I used a separating zipper that has been in my stash for years--maybe like 10 or 15! I sewed a bar-tack at the end to keep the zipper from coming "undone." I used the instructions from the latest "Threads" magazine. My husband says I should have top-stitched the zipper in black thread but I didn't because sewing into the bottom of it got kind of "squirrely" and would have looked awful in a contrasting thread. As it is I'll wear it but not sure this is a trend I need to revisit.

I omitted the sleeve facing but instead serged then turned under and sewed with a double-needle on the regular sewing machine. For the neck I added a self-fabric bias binding which I finished w/top-stitching. Finally I added golf embroidery which to my dismay jammed my stand-alone embroidery machine to the point that it now has to go back in for repairs!

I also stitched a couple more pairs of panties and can foresee some bra sewing on the horizon!

5 comments:

  1. This is just too cute. Everyone's golf score will be low because they'll spend too much time looking at how cute you are. Oh, now I see, there was a plan!!!

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  2. I second that emotion. Lol Rachel, great looking golf outfit.

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  3. Great dress! I really love the piping work. Pink golf shoes - awesome!

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  4. Cute outfit... now I like those golf shoes.

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