Lilac dress with ruffled sleeves

After turning my sewing room upside down I was so excited that I found a paper pattern of the BurdaStyle Smocked Dress that I made a few years ago. Unfortunately the new BurdaStyle website hasn’t got this pattern online again. Similar patterns to this dress are Mimi G’s Jessica Dress, Lekala Dress with straps or the Closet Case – The Fiona Sundress. If you do end up trying any of those I’d love to check them out!

Pattern Information

Pattern Description: This heavenly corset style dress is lovely and versatile with a front snap placket, hip pockets, straps and ruffled sleeves.
Sewing Pattern: BurdaStyle Smocked Dress (no longer online)
Fabric: Linen

What did you like about this pattern?

I purchased the purple flower fabric from Japan over ten years ago for my mum, which was actually supposed to be made into a handbag. Since she was having a big fabric and cupboard clean out I was happy to take it off her hands but I liked the fabric so much I turned it into a dress.

Did you make any pattern alterations?

The only addition that I’ve done to this dress is added the ruffle sleeves with a wide bit of fabric and some elastic in the middle. I’ve also stitched it to the dress so they both stay in place and don’t slide down your arms.

Would you recommend this pattern to others?

I love the fit of this dress. It’s slim fitting but not too tight and best of all, it has pockets! There are quite a few buttons on this dress but again, my tip is to buy them in bulk off eBay or online stores.

Given we’re in the middle of the pandemic the most exciting thing I could do with this dress was take photos and then go back to work. Funny times we are living in!

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