Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Bridesmaid Dress for Esme - BurdaStyle 02/2012

Today's post is on Esme's bridesmaid dress using BurdaStyle 02/2012 -142.  I wanted something that was just that little bit older looking than the Butterick 5705 that I used for the little ones and this fitted the bill perfectly.

There was actually less work in this dress compared to the little dresses because it didn't have all the ruffles that they had.  While this dress was marketed as a bridesmaid dress, you could easily convert this for a basic day dress by shortening it.  I would highly recommend this pattern if you want a simple bridesmaid/party dress for a little girl  Esme is going to be 11 in August, and she loved it.

Pattern Description: 
Children’s dress sewing pattern available for download, available in various sizes.

This is a long dress pattern for girls. The full skirt silhouette is created by the skirt pleats and under petticoat. Any girl will feel like a princess wearing this fancy dress.

Pattern Sizing:
128, 134, 140, 146, 152 

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
yes almost exactly except for the bow

Were the instructions easy to follow?
didn't really use them, but followed the same method I used for the bodice on Butterick 5705 which worked really well - you sew the fashion fabric pieces front and back at shoulder edges and repeat for the lining.  Right side's together sew the bodice and lining pieces together around neck edge and armscyes.  Turn inside out through shoulders.  Sew all side seams Lining and fashion fabric in one continuous line.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? nothing to dislike.

Fabric Used:  cotton blend

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: The only change I made was to add organza interlining to stabilise the fabric.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes its such a pretty dress pattern and could be adapted for a less formal occasion

Turned out perfectly - I measured Esme, took the corresponding size on the pattern, traced out the pattern, cut and sewed it - no alterations required yippeeeeee this was a huge relief especially because at the point I had finished this dress, I still had mine and the big girl's dresses to compete.


  1. So nice to read this now and see some detailed photos. Once again I'm in awe of what you achieved in this relatively short time.

  2. I have to agree with Sigrid - a splendid job on all! I love Esme for a girl's name. You're due for a major lie down!

  3. This is like something out of a magazine...I'm blown away by your work. Incredible.

  4. What lovely little girls! Their dresses looked angelic on them. Very nice photos!

  5. Just lovely! It is a perfect dress for a 10 year old bridesmaid.

  6. Oh my word! She looks so lovely and reading these posts is about to make me start crying. It's all so sweet :)