I thought I would take a moment to review the Burda Anda pattern. I posted the review to Pattern Review but I have it below for my faithful readers.
Pattern Description: A quick loose dress with a tie below the bust.
Pattern Sizing: Large. I needed to take mine down quite a bit from the smallest (36) even though that’s what I measured at based on my measurements.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? For the most part.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked that it was super easy. Very customizable. What I didn’t like was the little notch under the armpit on the back pattern piece. The instructions don’t explain what to do with it, so I just ignored it and sewed over it and I was happy with that.
Fabric Used: Cotton with a pretty embroidered edge which means no hemming.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Brought in the edges of the pattern by 1.5″ on both body pieces. In other words, I took out 3″ at either side seam.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Maybe. I would sew it as just a top. But not as a whole dress. It wasn’t fitted enough for my taste. My husband wasn’t a fan which means I probably won’t wear it that often. In fact, I might split it up into a top and a skirt. We’ll see.
However, I would recommend it to others although I’d look at the tons of pictures of it first and make sure it’s a style you like. Especially as a first sewing project — very easy.
Conclusion: Overall, a quick easy pattern. Good starter pattern. Nice if you like your dresses very loose. Not so good if you prefer a more fitted profile. If it helps you can see the steps I took in making it on my blog.