Monday, September 19, 2011

burda style magazine 01/2011 V-back dress #128, my tunic version


I've got this beautiful silk with flowery embroidery recently. I knew it would look nice and gorgeous if I made it into a dress, but you know what, I just couldn't. I made a tunic with it so that I could have more chances to enjoy my sewing result. Beautifully embroidered white silk dresses don't do anything in my life... unfortunately. I'm really happy while I'm sewing, but I'm even happier when I'm tasting my fruits. Greedy!

My lovely friend Kapo dropped by and we had a fun night out. The tunic was pretty enough for the great dinner we had.

I wrote a review for PR this time. I hope it can be helpful to some of you.

Happy sewing to all of you!
Much love,


pattern: burda style magazine  01/2011 V-back dress #128
fabric: silk habotai, embroidered, milk white, light, not sheer, soft. matching linen jersey for the hem band, shiny, thin, less stretchy.

Pattern Description:
Fold over V-back dress, Loose fit. 3/4 sleeves. I omitted the skirt and made it as a tunic.
Pattern Sizing:
34-42, I used 34, which was one size smaller than my regular choice.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Probably I'd better to say no, because the V open in the back seemed more revealing on me than it looked in the sample pictures. I had imagined that it would be so by looking at the technical drawings, so it wasn't surprising to me, though. I made a tank top as an undergarment for this tunic using the matching fabric to the hem band.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes I think so.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the V open. I was doubtful whether the tunic would successfully stay sitting on my shoulder, and that actually became a problem. I put a pair of shoulder strap fasteners on the inside of shoulder seams and they did make my tunic wearable.
Fabric Used:
I used a silk habotai, which had a beautiful embroidery all over. The color of the fabric as well as the embroidery was milk white. I also used some shiny white gray linen jersey for the bottom hem band.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I omitted the skirt and also shortened the bodice by 5cm(2in), and added the hem band which was about 7cm(2 3/4in) in width. The sleeves were shortened by 5cm(2in). There was no zipper needed when I tried a muslin, so I omitted the zipper for this tunic too.
I cut all my parts in the vertical grain, because of the pattern of embroidery.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
No, probably no more tunic in this pattern, because I only need one copy from this design. I'd be happy to recommend this if you like the V-back, as it is very charming. You may feel you need a suitable undergarment for the V back, because it is wide open. I needed a pair of shoulder strap fasteners to keep the cloth hanging on my shoulders, and I definitely recommend them too.
This pattern is very easy to make, and also very fun to put on. I liked my one to be a top(tunic), but I think that dress versions would be pretty too.


  1. Wow, that is gorgeous!!!  I understand why you made it into something you could wear everyday.  I do that with special fabrics too!  What a beautiful tunic!

  2. I like this style but it's good to know that it slipped off your shoulders without the strap fasteners.
    Beautiful fabric and great use of it!

  3. lovely, that fabric is beautiful and great choice for this tunic.

  4. Your tunic is lovely! I think you did great making a tunic instead of a dress so that you can wear it more often. I should learn from that :) I think I have that pattern somewhere in one of my Swedish Burda magazines as well, I might have to try to find it now!

  5. I like this much better than the dress version in the magazine!

  6. That is beautiful, and the perfect garment to showcase that amazing fabric! I love the simple front and the surprising back detail. Gorgeous! :)

  7. Yoshimi this is completely stunning!  You look absolutely gorgeous.  What a great idea to turn it into a tunic, it is nice to wear lovely fabrics like these more often, you are so right.

  8. I love your tunic. It is casual and elegant at the same time. I'm sure you will get much use from it.

  9. The dress in the magazine did nothing for me but I love this is as a tunic!  What a great eye you have.

  10. What a lovely fabric. And you're definitely right about making this as a tunic....

  11. Beautiful tunic and that fabric is amazing!  It looks really good on you and I especially love the interest on the back.  Good job!

  12. Wow, this is stunning. I love the fabric and the simple styling really sells it.

  13. Lovely fabric and very nice result. Congratulations

  14. I love your version of this top.  Of course, I like the version in the Burda magazine too but never thought it was a wearable design until I saw your post!

  15. What beautiful fabric that is, and your tunic is very elegant. I think that is typical of Burda that the back should be so low cut... although usually they are low cut at the front :-)

  16. I love the tunic on you and the fabric is beautiful!

  17. What a great adaptation of this pattern!  I didn't give this one a second glance in the magazine but after seeing your tunic version I must reconsider.  Beautiful fabric!

  18. Just gorgeous! Like others, I saw this top in the magazine and didn't really pay much attention to it. Time to go back and give it a second chance!


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