Last days of Summer: Burda 09/2012 #108/#109 Dress


Only last week we were having some gorgeous weather…perfect for taking pictures of one of my last two summer makes: Burda 09/2012 #108/#109 Dress. From the moment the issue came out I’ve been wanting to make this dress. Those diagonal darts remind me of the 60s mod dresses…like Simplicity 1609 Jiffy pattern that has been Gertie’s go-to summer dress



The fabric is a left-over from a fabric purchase I made back in 2008 in Denmark…doesn’t it scream Scandinavian design? It’s a fairly heavyweight cotton similar to quilting cotton.

As you may notice the dress is way more fitted than the original pattern. I don’t know what Burda was thinking when they design it. I understand you want to achieve a loose fit but you need to keep the armhole sizing: I had a huge gap in there. I had to take out 4 inches (10 cm) in total at the sides tapering to nothing at approx 4 inches from the hem to keep the A-line shape. I added back darts to avoid bagginess at the back. I also had to raise the shoulder seam by 3/8 (1 cm)

I chose a decorative stitch on my machine to hem the skirt….I get annoyed with using straight stitch all the time and wasting the hundreds of other options I have!



Instead of the scooped back neckline, I went with the V-neck design meant for their V-back top sweatshirt version (Melissa made some nice version for herself and her mom. I know I should have chosen a purple zipper but I did with what I had.

Despite my not being able to do any pattern matching as I didn’t even have enough fabric for a longer hemline, I did manage to completely hide the diagonal bust dart and match those two taupe circles. So happy about that!

Can’t wait for next summer to wear this dress again and hopefully make more versions!

I am participating with this dress and two more makes to Abilmente Sewing Pin Content…Keeping my fingers crossed

13 thoughts on “Last days of Summer: Burda 09/2012 #108/#109 Dress

  1. This is very pretty, Silvia. At first glance I thought it was a Victory Patterns dress (made recently by Sallieoh). Keeping my fingers crossed for you for the competition!


  2. Que bonito, Silvia!! Le has dado un ajuste perfecto al patrón y te sienta de maravilla, yo creo que tu cremallera le va perfectamente al vestido, una en color morado hubiese delatado su color cuando te sientas y la espalda se ensancha irremediablemente. Que detalle tan original el coser el dobladillo con puntada decorativa, me quedo con la idea! Mil besos.


  3. Oh no, you don’t have to wait until next summer to wear this again! You have to get a cardi and some tights to match the contrating bias binding and you have yourself a pretty cool fall outfit, no? What an awesome dress. Definitely a mod vibe, which in my book is a great thing.


  4. ¡Mucha suerte Silvia!, el ajuste del vestido es perfecto y estoy de acuerdo con Andrea, este vestido te lo puedes poner con una rebeca o un sueter fino por dentro además, los colores pegan con todo.


  5. I love that fabric, it looks amazing made up in that pattern. I found that I had to take in this dress quite a bit too so that it didn’t look overly shapeless.


  6. This dress is adorable! I love the fabric and the trim at the neckline. I agree with one of the previous comments — super cute with tights in the winter!


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