Made by me / My makes

The finished velvet Burda dress

This was the biggest sewing challenge I’ve done in a long while. It was just really, really hard getting everything right. This goes for both the pattern (from Burda magazine 3/2009) and the fabric (silk/rayon velvet). The picture might look serene, but I can assure you that there has been a lot of profanities involved in the making of this dress. But I’m very proud of myself now, because the dress turned out even better than I had hoped it would! Also this is a petite pattern, so the only alteration I had to do was adjusting for my sway back.As for sewing velvet without any special helpers, like a walking foot and a velvet pressing board, I will talk about that experience in a separate post where I will share the stuff I learned along the way.

Regarding the execution, I’ll be the first to admit that it’s less than stellar in places, there was a lot if salvage stitching involved, but when I look at the dress now, I think it looks pretty good.

The dress has an interesting yoke that goes all the way to the back.


The lining. Because the bodice and skirt has a tricky shape I treated the lining and velvet as one piece and attached them with a seam that I serged.

You can read my review of the pattern over at Pattern Review where I talk more about the specifics. Also I want to direct a special thanks to Melissa who not only wrote a very helpful review, but also took the time to answer my assembly questions over e-mail.


  • wendy
    April 17, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Oh my. That is *gorgeous*!! I love the color.

  • gwensews
    April 18, 2009 at 1:32 am

    Nice job. I am sure it took exteme patience to sew this dress. Congratulations!

  • geek sewing
    April 18, 2009 at 1:40 am

    I haven’t finished reading your entire entry–had to say, “Oh, deary, my oh my! You look absolutely gorgeous in that dress!!”

  • Antoinette
    April 18, 2009 at 2:35 am

    So, so beautiful! You look just great in it. I bought a velvet remnant a few years back to try sewing velvet — thought I would make a hat – but I still haven’t cut into it. Look forward to your PR review and upcoming velvet post.

  • luckylibbet
    April 18, 2009 at 5:42 am

    All misty eyed here – you look beautiful in that forties dress – and I thought it would take you weeks to get it finished – it’s just GORGEOUS and you look so stunning in it.

    So happy you overcame the velvet problems, and looking forward to the post on how you achieved it. I didn’t think to see it finished so soon! after your despair in some previous posts….

  • Mary Nanna
    April 18, 2009 at 7:18 am

    very pretty .. well done for sticking through a difficult project!

    Your pose in this photo is just gorgeous, the whole picture looks lovely.

  • Shannon
    April 18, 2009 at 11:00 am

    I have always found that when a garment inspires profanities, it will either be a complete disaster or a work of art. Your dress is definitely in the latter category! It is gorgeous on you – the colour is amazing and the style is wonderful.

  • Kristine
    April 18, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Very beautiful, I think I’ll add that to my “to do” list! Great job overcoming all the obstacles, you’d never know any existed!

  • Cindy
    April 18, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    The velvet looks so lush! Gorgeous!!

  • Laura
    April 19, 2009 at 2:21 am

    That looks absolutely ravishing. Love it.

  • Anonymous
    April 20, 2009 at 12:43 am

    So glad you persevered – this is gorgeous and classy on you!


  • melissa
    April 20, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    It looks fantastic! Well done for persevering through and finishing it! Is silk velvet now a “never again” fabric for you like it is for me? 🙂

  • Christina
    April 20, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    This style is very pretty in velvet. Profanities every now and then are no big deal in my book.

  • Audrey
    April 21, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Your dress is lovely. Velvet can be a challenge to sew, but it really makes this dress special.


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