FESA update: The jersey dress

Burda 05-2010-103

I am almost finished with my corduroy pants, but I have a little left on them. I did however make this jersey dress last week. I had it cut out a while back, and when I finally started to sew, it was quite easy to make. The pattern, BurdaStyle 05-2010-103, is originally for woven fabric, but it worked fine with the rayon jersey I had got on sale earlier this year. I allowed myself to get some knits when they were on sale, because I didn´t have any in my stash, and I knew I wanted to make some knit tops and dresses. They are so comfy during the autumn and winter months!

Inspired by the magnificent Carolyn, I made a little collage trying out different ways I could wear this dress. It´s so easy to get stuck wearing it just in one way!

One dress, five outfits


Alright, so here is the pattern review:

BurdaStyle 05-2010-103

Pattern size: 38-46

Avaliability: BurdaStyle Magazine and burdastyle.com

Pattern type: Dress with shirring.

Rating: Easy, and great for beginners.

Pattern Description: Knee-length dress with shirring in the front.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn´t use the instructions much, as I had read on PR that they were a bit confusing.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love how easy this dress is to wear!

Fabric Used: I used a rayon knit bought at Ohlssons Tyger in Sweden.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I omitted the sleeves, and made a narrow zig-zag hem instead. I didn´t include the ties in the back either. And the dress is supposed to be lined, I omitted that too. I finished the neckline using this excellent tutorial. Because of the stretchy material I used, I had to take the dress in considerably in the side seams, but that was easy to do, and didn´t affect the overall design, IMO.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I might make this again, as I have mentioned before, this is just one of those dresses that is so easy to wear, and I love other people´s versions in chiffon as well. I´ll absolutely recommend this!

Conclusion: An easy to make, easy to wear dress, I can see this becoming a wardrobe staple in the coming months!


  1. liza jane on 04/11/2011 at 02:13

    I love the color! The collage is a great idea. I like it with the pink shrug.

  2. Sigrid on 04/11/2011 at 06:07

    This is one of those dresses that looks so much better on than in the technical drawing. I love how you styled it so many different ways!

  3. Catherine on 04/11/2011 at 06:45

    The dress looks nice in all the different styles and I agree with Sigrid that it looks better than in the drawing.The colour looks gorgeous!
    So pleased that you found a copy of the Perry Ellis skirt too!

  4. AllisonC on 04/11/2011 at 07:58

    This looks great in jersey and from your collage it is a really versatile wardrobe piece too.

  5. Debbie on 04/11/2011 at 10:26

    The dress looks great – I love the colour on you and the versatility. I like the collage too. I can see this being a winter wardrobe staple.

  6. Alessa on 04/11/2011 at 16:41

    Knit dress love – and the color is great! I’ve had in mind something similar for a polka dot jersey I recently got. I’ll have to check if I own the Burda issue…

  7. Rosy on 04/11/2011 at 17:45

    Wow! This dress is definitely a winner. I love all the “versions” of your collage, it was a great idea. Fabulous!

  8. Robyn on 05/11/2011 at 08:11

    Knit dresses are one of my fav things and yours looks great. I love the different ways you’ve styled your dress, looks like you’ll get plenty of wear out of it.

  9. Alexandra Mason on 07/11/2011 at 11:49

    I love your dress and the different ways you have styled it!

  10. House of pinheiro on 08/11/2011 at 09:53

    Great dress

  11. […] On the pictures I wear them with a knit top I made from a scrap of the same fabric I used for the knit dress. […]

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