You can tell that I grew up in the 90s with this Clueless inspired outfit including a high-waisted skirt with a flounce hem and short cropped jacket. I made this right before we all locked down from Covid so I haven’t had a chance to wear it anywhere yet.
I’ve been wanting to try out this BurdaStyle Cotton 101 dress for some time because of how amazing the sleeve detail is. This is my first test dress that I made with some scrap material I had left over from my latest Macaron dress.
Description: This dress features a high waistline, A-line cascade skirt and a sophisticated sleeve detail.
Pattern: BurdaStyle Cotton Dress 101 06/18
Fabric: Cotton Sateen from Spotlight
I made this dress back in 2015 wanting to use sequin fabric for the first time to create an outfit to wear out in Las Vegas. However, even after a bit of alterations the top didn’t quite fit me the way I wanted it to. The sleeves were too far down on my shoulders and didn’t pull in the front or back enough, so it ended up a bit too gapey.
Description: A sweetheart neckline gives a feminine look to this structured dress. The tulip skirt is pleated for structure, so you get a sophisticated look.
Pattern: BurdaStyle Tulip Dress
Fabric: Sequin Bodice & Rayon Skirt
I stuck to my sewing goal and created a second jacket from my Top 5 Jackets to make this winter. This was another BurdaStyle jacket made with some beautiful brown checked wool fabric for the outside and a plain light brown wool for the lining, both from Spotlight. This is also the fabric combination I used to create my long Wool Parka Jacket.
Description: Oversized and rounded collar flatters the decolleté and shoulders, while patch pockets and a double row of silver buttons are refined finishing details.
Pattern: BurdaStyle Boucle Jacket 114 02/19
Fabric: Wool from Spotlight
This is the first time I’ve purchased wool and made a large warm, winter jacket! This wool jacket by BurdaStyle is the perfect Parka Jacket and it’s soooo warm. Almost too warm to wear for our Brisbane winters but hey, it might be great for travelling!
Description: This variegated wool jacket can function as a cozy cardigan or as a jacket for days that aren’t so cold.
Pattern: Wool Jacket101 |Burda Style 01/20
Fabric: Wool fabric and lining from Spotlight
As the days start to cool off in Brisbane it’s nice to use some warmer fabrics like this blue wool blend from Spotlight. Even though we’re still in COVID lock down this will be perfect for when we are finally back at work.
Description: Dress with low shoulder sleeves, pleated skirt and pockets.
Pattern: This dress uses a self-drafted top and the bottom is from the BurdaStyle Smocked Back skirt section.
Fabric: Blue wool blend material from Spotlight
After turning my sewing room upside down I was so excited that I found a paper pattern of the BurdaStyle Smocked Dress that I made a few years ago. Unfortunately the new BurdaStyle website hasn’t got this pattern online yet but a cool tip that someone gave me was to check out the German version of the site. You will have to use Google Translator but I found that pattern here – Burda Easy Ausgabe F/S 2014 version.
Otherwise, similar patterns to this dress are Mimi G’s Jessica Dress, Lekala Dress with straps or the Closet Case – The Fiona Sundress. If you do end up trying any of those I’d love to check them out!
If you’re crazy about buying sewing patterns then you’ll love learning with these inspiring and helpful sewing books. Here are some of the most adorable books which have really shaped me on my sewing journey.
1. Vogue Sewing
Vogue Sewing is the perfect book for beginner sewers and also an incredible guide for the more advanced. It guides you through the basics of pattern tracing, adjustments, cutting fabric, sewing techniques, machine advice, shaping, finishing and much more. Even after years of sewing I always find this book useful and am continually learning something new.
Description: Form fitting sheath dress with great inline styles and pockets. Perfect for work, evening or casual wear.
Pattern: BurdaStyle Seamed Dress
Material: Cotton Sateen
You can’t really tell from the photo below but I’m soooo excited to be posting my second dress for 2019. I’ve had a great start to the year and that’s mostly because of the people that I have in my life right now. It’s amazing how much you grow as a person when you surround yourself with positive, influential people who inspire you to be the best version of yourself.
To make things even more incredible my good friend, who got diagnosed with stage four cancer two years ago is almost in remission. He still has a long way to go and fortnightly cancer treatments but it’s the results that all of us hoped for but didn’t see coming. Last year he was even asked to tell his story at the Cancer Councils annual White Orchard ball, which made us all so proud!