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 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!


  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!!!

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

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

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