Fun! – The Header Dress – Pattern Review: BurdaStyle 01-2010-130

Thanks for all the great feedback on my new layout, I have made the post text font bolder, and hopefully that´s made it easier for you to read.

Today I present to you the first installment in my new segment Fun!. If you are interested in joining in on the fun, you are more than welcome, just grab the code below, paste it in one of your sidebars,  leave a comment about it here, and off you go. I´d love it if you´d tell me if you are joining me, the more the merrier!

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This dress was made on a whim last autumn, but I haven´t actually begun to wear it much until now.

The header dress

The inspiration for this dress is a combination of two things. I really wanted to make a navy dress with lace inspired by this incredible dress that Zoe made, and I thrifted the lace for this dress (it´s really a table cloth) ages ago. My second reason for making this was a longing for clothing with no waist definition. Now, don´t get me wrong, I love high- waistedness, thoroughly documented here, here, here and here, but after a summer of wearing mostly waist-clinching garments, I longed for something that was a bit more relaxed.

Personally, I believe that the main reason for the fashion change from the fifties to the sixties, was women who wanted more breathing space! 🙂

Well, here you have it, my review of this pattern, it is yet another BurdaStyle pattern, the only obvious change I made was to skip the sleeves.

BurdaStyle Magazine 01-2010-130 Shift Dress

Pattern size: European 36-44

Avaliability: BurdaStyle Magazine and

Pattern Description: Cap Sleeve Shift Dress

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Apart from the fact that I omitted the sleeves, yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn´t follow the instructions much (although I probably should have), but what I used was quite clear.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I really like the simplicity of the pattern. A really classic style, that can be used for lots of different styles.

Fabric Used: I used a heavy cotton sateen with quite an amount of stretch, not entirely suitable for this style. I wouldn´t recommend this fabric for this type of dress – try either something really stiff and heavy for a boxy effect, or something with a better drape for a softer shape.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I omitted the sleeves, as I didn´t want it for my version, I made an FBA on the bust darts, and because my fabric is stretchy, I omitted the back zipper.

The header dress

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I might make it again, perhaps with the sleeves, and I would recommend it to others.

Conclusion: A really simplistic design, and a nice shape for a shift dress. A good pattern!


  1. Melizza on 09/01/2012 at 12:07

    How mod! How fabulous. I love the clever usage of the lace. It looks perfect on the dress.

  2. Alessa on 09/01/2012 at 12:58

    Fun! I love the lace application!

  3. liza jane on 09/01/2012 at 13:09

    Love the navy and lace. And the length. Super fun!

  4. Roobeedoo on 09/01/2012 at 14:22

    Definitely fun! You are certainly full of pizzazz today! 😀
    Question: is this a new length for you? I only just discovered higher hemlines for myself and while I like them I am a bit wary of wearing them to work. Do you?

  5. Sarah on 09/01/2012 at 14:29

    Fun, fun, fun! You rock the 60’s mod look, Solvi! I’m definitely in for sewing fun things this year! Woot!

  6. Debbie on 09/01/2012 at 15:26

    Such a cute dress, I love the lace yoke. definitely a good look on you. Count me in for some fun this year. x

  7. Alexandra Mason on 10/01/2012 at 14:48

    I love this dress!

  8. Catherine on 10/01/2012 at 21:02

    A Gorgeous dress!Only wish i had the legs for something like that!!!
    Would love to join in the fun too!

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  10. Rachel on 21/02/2012 at 21:59

    I love days like this and in THIS I means days I find adorable blogs like yours. I simple love your dress. I can’t wait to see all the things you make and read your past posts.

  11. Zoe on 06/03/2012 at 19:55

    I LOVE that dress of yours! It’s funny that you found inspiration in my dress, because I find THIS inspirational! Oh no, are we going to go round in an inspiration-circle?! xxx

    • Sølvi on 06/03/2012 at 21:29

      Oh no! An inspiration- circle! That can´t be good. Or can it…?

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