The Circus Comes to Town! Burda 06/2010 #118

There’s a story about this fabric. I purchased it from Spotty on our recent holiday down the NSW South Coast. We intended to pick up some printed muslin to make baby wraps for my pregnant sister, but instead, I found myself rummaging through the Boxing Day sale fabric. I couldn’t help myself!

When I picked this fabric, my sister asked what I intended to use it for. I thought I’d make a maxi dress. She warned me to be careful as I may end up looking like a circus tent!

So here’s the tent 🙂 The maxi was vetoed at the last minute. There was just a little too much wild fabric in it!

I used a pattern from one of only two Burda magazines I own 06/2010 #118. I’ve made this pattern before and I think I will again.

Like the last dress I made with this pattern, I added a band under the bodice to minimise the pregnant look. I also omitted the tiers as I’m really not a fan of that. This time I also added elastic channels to the back of the dress, rather than a zipper. This makes the dress a little more comfortable for everyday wear and allows me to eat anything and everything without any discomfort.

I really like this dress. It’s quite vibrant and summery. I have some of this voile in my stash and I think I’ll use it to make another. Just one more dress from this pattern should be OK. I might make it tonight to wear for the next 40+ day we are expecting tomorrow.

Pattern: Burda 06/2012 #118
Fabric: Cotton Poplin from Spotlight 2m = $8
Thread and elastic from stash
Total: $8

  • It looks a perfect summer dress. I just made myself a floaty voile dress for tomorrow's continued heat wave, and this one looks even better for the weather. The print is great!

  • What a pretty dress; I love the fabric and want to look up that pattern in my back issues now I see how well it turned out for you!

  • Ha, I also bought this fabric at Spotty, but I call mine my Test Pattern dress, as it reminds me of the old Test Patterns that Television Stations used to use (back in the day when transmissions ended around midnight). I used Simplicity 2406, view D to make up my dress. Perfect for this hot summer we are having.

  • Great dress, and I love the fabric – very summery!

  • What a bargain and it was a stroke of genius to put elastic in the back, looks very vibrant and comfy.

  • I agree it looks great! I think changing the length was a fantastic idea – like the extra skin is a 'neutral' that balances the wild fabric. Yay!

  • You've made all the right changes to make this dress look great, feel comfortable and allows you to indulge or not indulge while looking stylish in this heat.

  • Lovely dress for the hot weather we have been having!