Some Days are Diamonds! Pattern Review Burda 7658

by Connie on May 14, 2014 · 3 comments

Some days are diamonds, some days are stones. Isn’t that the way the song goes?
You know how you can be striding along in life, feeling confident about your place in the universe, and how it only takes one glance in a mirror, or one unfortunate photo to send you wanting to crawl into a hole and hide that double chin, or that stomach that didn’t quite get back into fighting form after childbirth?
And then one day, for one magical moment it all comes together. You feel good, you are pretty sure you look good. And the picture that gets taken is Exactly Right. Like the stars have aligned themselves and maybe you really are on the right track. Like maybe you can be “That Girl”.

Well I’ve always wanted to be “That Girl who rocks a shirtdress”. They look so carefree, so easy, so confident. Like nothing could get in the way of success if you rocked that look!

Enter Burda 7658. It’s been around foreva’ and I seem to take it out every spring full of good intentions to become That Girl. Every year I re-read my favourite Pattern Review review  by Eve and think to myself “I need to sew That Dress.” And it never get sewn.

Burda 7658


Finally this spring was the season! What better reason to sew That Dress than to be spending some time with the person who wrote the review that started it all! The order was in  to finish That Dress by Pattern Review Weekend 2014 in Austin, Texas.

Pattern Review – Burda 7658


Why this dress? . It’s an easy going, “just threw it on, but don’t I look cool?” looking dress- and who doesn’t want to cool and chic?
I like the cutaway armholes, the pleats it the waist, and pockets.

How was the sizing? it comes in sizes 32 – 44. I cut a 42 in the bodice and graded to the 44 at the waist.

Burda7658 Photo Cred to Deepika!

Who should attempt this dress? You need to be confident with collars and buttonholes for this one. I would think that a very strong beginner could handle this. It’s a nice palate cleanser for an advanced sewist.

How long did it take you to finish? Sewing this took about 3 evenings. There is nothing tricky here, but pleats, pockets, collars and buttonholes do take a bit of time.

Fabric choice? Surprisingly this navy and bone Ikat is another Fabricland (Canada) choice. It is a cotton, although NOT a quilting cotton. Side note- I’m not a snob about many things, but I will never use quilting cotton for a garment. It may be just me, but I don’t think quilting cotton has the wearability of other fabrics.   This fabric  has good heft, but I would still not hesitate to wear this on a hot day. I originally bought it with a granddaughter in mind, so some scrimping of fabric was necessary.

Any construction hints? Not really. Check your markings – they are important. Well aren’t they always?!

You must have had a whoopsie or two! I had a 7 7 3 4 upside down of a time trying to fir all the patterns pieces on as I only bought 1.5 metres. I matched as well as I possibly could and ended up with only scraps left. As it was the under collar and the facing have some solid contrast..
The waist was a little snug. I was able to get a little room by releasing the pleats just a smidge.

Are you archiving the pattern or will you revisit it? Oh revisit for certain. Khaki. Cotton lace. A bright colour. Yup!  Im also thinking of doing a  shorter shirt tail hem in Khaki


{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisette June 24, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Loved it in person even more!

Jenny September 28, 2015 at 8:20 am

Very nice shirt dress. That’s a great pattern!

Anna Christina January 9, 2016 at 10:24 am

Great review. Thank you! I like the placement of the pleats – good for those of us without flat bellies.

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