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Offline Patti B

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Burda WOF pattern -- shorten an asymmetric dress
« on: May 01, 2012, 08:53:39 PM »
Hi all, I need your collective or individual wisdom. Thanks in advance! I want to sew a dress from Burda, May, 2007 (#136) which has asymmetric princess seams. I need to shorten it about 4 inches and I'm puzzled about how to go about it. My first thought is to shorten the pattern right above the lines where you tape on the extra pieces but I am open to other ideas. My second thought was to throw my carefully traced and cut out pattern in the trash! Should I just measure up from the hemline and fold out the same amount on each piece? It will be almost ankle length on me if sewn as drawn and I'd prefer it a little shorter. I'd link to a photo if I could figure out the revamped Burda site! Here's the line drawing --


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Re: Burda WOF pattern -- shorten an asymmetric dress
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2012, 09:03:31 PM »
Omigosh, do I covet this, Patti, and that's just from seeing the pattern pieces!!!

Assuming you want to remove the length from below the waist, I would draw four horizontal lines, spaced pretty evenly apart.  I'd fold out an inch from each.  It *looks* to me like this would work pretty well.

Maybe someone has a May 2007 issue of Burda they'd like to sell.  :)

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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2012, 09:04:21 PM »
I would take out a bit out here and there.  If I look at the main pattern piece#1, I would take out a bit above the #1, a bit below the #1, and a bit where the joining of the pattern pieces is.  I have a BWOF skirt that was too long, and it had really nice shaping.  I took out in 3 places and it worked well.  If you need to shorten above the waist, you can take a bit out there too!  I need to go look at that issue, the pattern pieces are so interesting...I can't believe I don't remember that one!

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Re: Burda WOF pattern -- shorten an asymmetric dress
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2012, 09:16:53 PM »
I thought I might have the issue...but I don't think so. I'll look tomorrow.
MTA: I looked quick, faster to just do it now...I don't have the issue. I have June, 07.

 Here's pix off French Burda:





2nd link didn't work...but I think you can click it and get to the French site and see it.

eta: img tags to second link :)
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Re: Burda WOF pattern -- shorten an asymmetric dress
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2012, 09:20:19 PM »
kind of like Sham's tablecloth skirt....wonder if I could put sleeves on that?

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Re: Burda WOF pattern -- shorten an asymmetric dress
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2012, 09:21:58 PM »
That's what I was thinking, andib.  Sleeves and a reshaped neckline.  :)

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Re: Burda WOF pattern -- shorten an asymmetric dress
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2012, 11:02:28 PM »
Thanks for the ideas. I only need to remove length from below the waist as I have never ever had to shorten a bodice so I'll do the removal in several locations to try to preserve the shape. Shams, this looks very you-ish! I have liked it from the beginning but never got around to tracing it and found it the other day whilst looking for something else. Bessie, thanks for finding the photo! 

I have a black seersucker that I'm thinking of using but my wild child side wants to use a plaid crisp voile from my collection. >:D

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Re: Burda WOF pattern -- shorten an asymmetric dress
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2012, 12:01:48 AM »
Can't wait to see what you do with it Patti. 

Sorry Shams, I only have the Dec. issue from 07, but it does look a pattern you would love.

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Re: Burda WOF pattern -- shorten an asymmetric dress
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2012, 12:40:17 AM »
Shams I'll look later tonight or when we return on Thursday.  I "should" have it.
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Re: Burda WOF pattern -- shorten an asymmetric dress
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2012, 01:07:25 AM »
Patti, I say go for the plaid.  The voile will have a bit of drape(even if it is crisp) and the plaid will show off the funky seams lines.

Man, I wish I didn't have to sew a conservative interview outfit!  All of this fun talk makes me want to sew fun clothes!

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Re: Burda WOF pattern -- shorten an asymmetric dress
« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2012, 02:51:40 AM »
Plaid would be awesome, Patti.  :)

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Re: Burda WOF pattern -- shorten an asymmetric dress
« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2012, 03:40:03 PM »
I have an extra issue of this month.  I used this issue several times but the extra has not been used.  Do you still want it Shams?  Also the pattern is a plus size. 

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Re: Burda WOF pattern -- shorten an asymmetric dress
« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2012, 09:24:28 PM »
What a generous offer, neufy!  But someone else is mailing me a copy. 

But thanks so much!

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Re: Burda WOF pattern -- shorten an asymmetric dress
« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2012, 07:11:31 PM »
The dress is finished! And it's plaid. I already love it. I'll see if I can get a photo soon. It's a very nice princess seamed sundress that needed very few alterations -- thank you Burda!

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Re: Burda WOF pattern -- shorten an asymmetric dress
« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2012, 08:52:11 PM »
Yay!  Can't wait to see it, Patti!!

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Re: Burda WOF pattern -- shorten an asymmetric dress
« Reply #15 on: May 06, 2012, 08:56:37 PM »
Yay!  Can't wait to see it, Patti!!

Me too! It sounds fabulous.

 

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