For my first attempt at sewing a BurdaStyle downloadable, I choose dress 125. The reason I choose this dress first is simply because I already have a pencil skirt pattern that has a great fit, and I knew I would be able to use it as a template. AND I am practically a pro at princess seams, cause I should did a lot of them last year. Also, did I mention this is my B-day dress........so no pressure. right! Yeah, Glenn and I are going to some fancy bars in Asheville and I wanted a knock out dress. Check it out:
To start, I downloaded the pattern to a disk and went to Kinkos and had them print out the pattern. You end up with about 20 pieces of paper; which you tape together and then trace onto pattern paper. Ok I trace my pattern onto inexpensive freezer paper. Check it out:
Then you add your seam allowances to the pattern. However, read the instructions carefully cause in certain instances there is no allowance or it is smaller then 5/8". Also, I don't think you add allowances to the fold side of the pattern. (but I could be wrong). Thank goodness for the pencil skirt template, cause I was able to simple lay it on top of my burda dress. Moving along: I made a muslin with zipper. Check it out:
muslin for BurdaStyle 125
I made a few adjustments to the muslin and now I am sewing up the "real" dress.