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BurdaStyle Dress 5/2014 114B Pattern Review

BurdaStyle Mini-Dress Pattern Review May 2014 Issue:

I've been hard at it running up a storm but not  on the blog. I've clocked in about 33 miles this week and about 5-6 hours of cardio. My race is coming up quick, so I'm really increasing my mileage.
Today I'll review the BurdaStyle mini dress from the May 2014 issue. It's an amazing pattern, I really like it. The possibilities of designs can be magnificent with this pattern. You can mix the look with color blocking, leather & fur, snow leopard and red lace, - you name and it can be done. 
Dislike:- On this particular dress, the sleeves are annoying me, they keep falling off. I don't give  to the pattern being bad. I believe it's the fact that my body is changing due to training. More skills to brush up on, learning how to adjust the pattern.

We've been really having nice weather here in Wisconsin - Sunny, bright and cool nights. It was very windy the day I took these  so the shadows were hard to get away from and I didn't want to wait around for the sun to go down.
The Couture Dress

The Review

Pattern Description: Mini Dress - The wide straps will stay firmly in place while the traditional neckline creates quite a revealing décolleté.
Pattern Sizing: 34-44 (My dress was cut at 36)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I really like piecing the pattern together, it offers many options to make it your own. It's such a fun design and one which you can create an elegant or casual dress. Although it's made with a woven fabric, I still have my eyes set on using a knit or stretch fabric with medium body. 
Fabric Used: Some sort of satin crepe if that's a fabric type :)  I should really brush up on my fabric knowledge.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added about 3.5 inches to the length of the dress.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes I would most definitely sew again. 
This is an awesome dress to add to your wardrobe, it has a versatile construction which allows you to sew with color blocking and fabric mixing. To have the high impact of WOW, I would recommend color blocking.


Basic Shift Dress Sloper from BurdaStyle


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