My schedule, of late, has been pretty empty of sewing. Between my daughter’s busy therapy, school, and doctor appointment schedule and our unexpected trip back to Minnesota my machine and I have both been going through withdrawl. But I was finally able to complete my first Burda pattern.
I have always been aware of Burda patterns, but for some reason I never got around to trying one. A friend picked out several of the vintage reprint Burda patterns with hopes that I would be able to make a couple dresses for her adult daughter who lives in California. So Burda 7253 became my first Burda experience. Described as a Kleid & Jacke dress and jacket, it is dated 1955-1960.
At first glance this outfit is a very simple box jacket with a pegged sheath dress. Upon a little closer inspection it has some cute details like the rounded, off center, lapped neckline attached to a gathered bodice and the small back vent on the jacket.
I wanted to make this an easy wash and wear outfit suitable for multiple seasons. I opted for a bright olive green linen/rayon blend that I have used for other projects with good results. The rayon gives the linen a more fluid drape and feel. It also eliminates some of the wrinkle factor. Some, not all. Best of all it it machine washable. Personally, I am much more likely to wear something that I can wash easily myself. I don’t have the time or money to spend on running to a dry cleaner.
So this is the end result.
I happened to have a scrap of matching bengaline from my Pile O Bridesmaids from this summer that I was able to use for the belt. The “wrong” side of the bengaline is shiny like satin but with some of the texture from the right side carrying though so it isn’t completely smooth. I think it pops nicely. Both the bengaline and the linen/rayon are available at Joann’s Fabrics in a variety of colors.
And the complete look with the jacket. I don’t think the dress form does it justice with the jacket on.