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This dress from the BurdaStyle book whooped me. Having never traced a pattern before, I was totally flummoxed by the overlapping pieces. I added a bow belt using Tilly's tutorial, pockets from Simplicity 2444, collar from Simplicity 5514, and sleeves from Simplicity 2501. The main fabric is flannel, and the lining is a weird cotton cloud fabric. After eleven hours of working on this, I'm glad it's done ... but wary of tracing patterns ever again.

http://megthegrand.blogspot.com/2011/11/30doc-and-sew-weekly-challenge-use.html

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Comment by Judy Roberson on November 19, 2011 at 4:03pm

the dress is adorable. I love it and looks great on you. So sorry you had such a time tracing the pattern..

 The first pattern I traced, I bought on ebay [it was a european childrens pattern]. I  tried tracing it on freezer paper.. it was awful[I think I pulled out most of my hair.lol].. I went to Hancock fabric and the lady told me about  pattern paper.. It is see through, and I used a magic marker to make the lines on the  actual pattern stand out, and only highlighted each peice,as I came to it.. So much easier the  next time around. ..[Of course I have never did a burda pattern before, so unsure of how they  come???]

  But anyway.. you did a great job , your dress is so pretty.so proud you kept on ,till you got it.

Comment by Jen on November 19, 2011 at 4:42pm

It's a cute dress and the sleeves are great so I do hope you wear it with pleasure (to paraphrase Renoir "the stress passes but the beauty remains"). Burda patterns can be challenge. I use two pencils joined by a little rubber gadget that holds them 1.5cm apart and Burda tracing paper which comes in packs of five large sheets. As I trace the line with one pencil, the second pencil traces in my seam line. But it does take a little persistance, I'll admit. (but the thought of all of those patterns is just too delicious).

Comment by Casey Sew on November 20, 2011 at 4:22am

That is the cutest winter dress ever Meg! .. and I hear you on tracing patterns. I trace all mine anyway (so that I can got crazy with alterations) but the Burda ones leaving off the seam allowance drives me nuts!!

Jen -  that is such a smart idea with the double pencil. Why had I never thought of that!

Comment by Veronica Darling on November 20, 2011 at 4:34am

It was really hard... I've used a couple of those paper fold out patterns (with zillions of lines) before and didn't trace them... but so glad I did trace these ones to get the pieces all matching up... Your dress turned out great!!!!

Comment by charlotte powell- brooks on November 20, 2011 at 6:37am

Meg it has to be worth the heart ache, it looks so good!

Comment by Sertyan on November 20, 2011 at 7:10am

I love this dress...retro like, peter pan collars, just gorgeous!

 

Comment by Rosy on November 20, 2011 at 10:56am

This dress is really delicious! Full details in it are wonderful, so it was worth the pain to trace the pattern pieces. Great!

Comment by Cathe on November 20, 2011 at 11:44am
Meg this is an adorable dress. Hope the joy of the dress overrides the pain of making it!
Comment by Kazz on November 21, 2011 at 1:58am

The time you spent on it shows Meg, and you really look great in that colour.

Comment by Meg the Grand on November 22, 2011 at 11:13am

Thanks for all of the lovely comments, ladies!  I think that as time goes on, I will be more inclined to wear it.  Thanks especially for all the tips for tracing - I will make sure to employ those if I ever decide to venture down that road again!

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