Thursday, 4 August 2011

Burda 8836 Dress

This is Burda 8836

Pattern Description:
Simply a lined dress with frilled collar and back zip.

Pattern Sizing:
8-18  I cut a size 14

Fabric I Used:
Polyester cotton mix purchased from Walthamstow Market £1 per metre.
synthetic mix lining also from Walthamstow Market £1 per metre (this has a lovely silky feel to it will definitely buy some more).

Notions: 24" zipper, thread, hook and eye

Total cost: £ 7.50 

Time to Make: approximately 6 hours.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the style of the pattern but Burda provide their usual minimum amount of instructions and once again - I will never learn - neckline too low so had to put a modesty stitch in .

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes I think it does however I used my serger to create a rolled edge to the frill and as such think my finished frill is larger than the one in the pattern - but it's fine.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes provided you are slightly above "beginner" level.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I did add an FBA and Broad back adjustment.  I confess I should have adjusted the back length (I am only 15 1/4"), but I forgot.  Fortunately managed to get away with this A-line fall of the skirt falling from below the bust.

Babylock Evolution serger and Bernina 440.


I really like this pattern and my daughter said it didn't make me look so big (the best I will get from her by way of compliments).  I may make it again - think it would look lovely in black to wear for work.  I have a trip to Houston planned for later this month, so will be ideal to wear for work/dinner.  The dress feels really comfortable to wear and that is always a bonus.  The pattern suggests Georgette, crepes and viscose, however I think I could use some particularly nice black viscose jersey I just purchased yesterday. 

I am wearing this with a pair of melon/blue shoes by Todd which match it perfectly - now I need to think of a cardigan that I can make to wear with it so I am off to my sewing room to take full advantage of my D Mike having to have dinner with his bosses tonight.

More later............................................


  1. Very pretty dress. I like the simplicity of the lines paired with the nice print and ruffled collar.

  2. Very lovely dress! Cute Burda I had not noticed before. Thank you for the nice comments on my blog. Our stories sound very often I wish my mom were still here to help me out of a sewing jam...she always had the patience to work through it...

  3. This dress looks awesome on you. Love the printed fabric.