Burda Style 7179 - Vintage Style Shirt Dress4/03/2016
|My finished dress using the Burda Style 7179 pattern|
I have a complicated history with this pattern. It was one of the first dress patterns I bought when I first started sewing properly in my late teens. In my naivety I pretty much thought 'how hard can it be?' to make this shirt dress. Alas, I learnt the hard way.
|I chose a classic gingham cotton and a light/medium weight interfacing|
Instead, I decided it was finally time for round 2 and I wasn't going to let this pattern beat me again! The Burda Style 7179 dress is a classic vintage style shirt dress with some great variations on the collar, sleeves & belt options. I'm not keen on the long sleeves, so I went for option B with the short sleeves.
Here's a peek at the pattern:
|There's some great variations for this dress. I'd love to try the 'C' collar next time!|
Anyone who's made this patten will know about the collar. The instructions are reasonably understandable until it gets to the collar construction. To me, at least it makes so little sense, if the images weren't there I think I would have just put it all in a bin and burnt it.
In the midst of my collar sewing breakdown, I Googled the pattern to see if I could find some reviews to see if anyone else struggled or if this was my lack of dress making knowledge. It turns out it seems to be a bit of a notoriously awkward pattern and that dress makers alike applied their common sense to finish the collar in their own ways.
|How sweet are these baby pink heart buttons I picked up at my local haberdashery?|
I was happy it wasn't just me, made a pint of coffee and got back to it. Applied my common sense and managed to make a decent looking collar, eventually. Not perfect, but certainly my best yet.
Overall, I'm pretty happy with the outcome. There's definitely changes I would make if I were to sew this dress again. I'd also try to make the 'C' option collar for a retro nautical vibe. I found the 'A/B' collar difficult as the instructions weren't very clear, but by applying some basic sewing methods I'm sure most could figure it out eventually.
I personally feel this pattern is better suited to confident seamstresses rather than beginners. If you're just starting out with dress making and want to try a shirt collar, the instructions for this pattern probably won't guide you much. I made the dress over two afternoons and can't wait to wear it when the weather brightens up!
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Have you made the Burda Style 7179 vintage style shirt dress? How did you find the instructions? Did the collar trip you up aswell?
I hope you enjoyed my first dress making post! Thanks for reading, pinups.
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