Sunday, 22 April 2012

Huon Pine - Burda 7739 + Brooch give-away winners

 Burda 7739, Julia Bobbin

Hello young lovers, where ever you are ...

I'm currently working on a pretty little sewing project which I can't WAIT to share with you guys. (Seriously, I have a real patience issue). It's a bit labour intensive so it's not yet finished, but it will be soon!

So I thought I would share with you a project that I made last Autumn and is an old favourite. In fact, I'm wearing it now as I type (minus the umbrella). It's the lovely cute little dress pattern #7739 by Burda,

But before I get all detaily on you, let's talk ...

Brooch give away winners!

Three winners were randomly chosen using http://www.random.org

A big congratulations to the following three readers who have each won a brooch!

The lovely Anna from AnnaBanana

 The lovely Zoe from ZoSews
 The lovely Fran from Lovely Little Sweetpeas
Congratulations ladies! I will be contacting you shortly with details.

Do not despair if you missed out. You can buy your own fabulous brooch at Ruemiraldi's online store.

Burda 7739, Julia Bobbin

So back to the dress! The dress is named Huon Pine because the beautiful buttons on the dress are in fact Huon Pine from the beautiful state of Tasmania in Australia. 

My wonderful friend Theresa had made a trip down to Tasmania, saw these fabulous buttons and brought them back for me. Isn't she the ace-est?

Burda 7739, Julia Bobbin

The buttons were so interesting and unique that I instantly went scouting to find the perfect dress to go with the buttons. Check out the middle button, it sort of looks like the map of Australia. Coincidence much?

Burda 7739, Julia Bobbin

After searching through pattern books I found a Burda pattern # 7739 which looked playful and cute, and would perfectly showcase the beautiful buttons.

Burda 7739, Julia Bobbin

I made version A with the bodice in a size 12 and the skirt cut as a 14 from the hips down.  I shortened the bodice by two cm's to give it a more obvious empire waist.

Burda 7739, Julia Bobbin

I used coating fabric for the dress, which was not exactly my most inspired moment; the dress gets hot really quickly. But it's great for those really cold days.

Burda 7739, Julia Bobbin

I like the little pleats at the front of the dress and the Peter Pan collar. The dress isn't lined, the instructions are easy to follow and it's a great pattern for a beginners.

Burda 7739, Julia Bobbin

I made the epic mistake of inserting an invisible zipper into this incredibly thick dress.

Twice.

As you sewers will expect, the zipper couldn't handle the fabric and broke.

Twice.

Suddenly my brain started working again and I bought a heavy duty zipper and inserted my first centred zipper.
Success! I learn the hard way apparently. My disclaimer was that I made this a year ago and so my sewing brain was still quite under developed (it's a thing).

Burda 7739, Julia Bobbin

Look at me hiding my face in shame!

Burda 7739, Julia BobbinBurda 7739, Julia Bobbin

This is one of the easiest dresses that I've ever made, but it sure gets a work out in the cooler seasons. It's lovely.

36 comments:

  1. Encore une jolie robe et aussi bravo au photographe.

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  2. Gorgeous dress, I wish I had something like that to wear today! Brrr!!! Where did that rain come from last night????

    I love the whole outfit, the sleeves you are wearing that pop out, the tights and boots, and the hat, very chic :)

    Your issue with the zipper, sounds like something I would've done when I eventually start sewing something other than cotton! So thanks for mentioning that in your post, saving me a lot of pain and frustration. I have only EVER used invisible zippers! Well except for exposed zippers 3 times, handpicked zipper once.

    Look forward to seeing what you are working on, love Sunday mornings when your posts are up!

    Hope u have an awesome Sunday Mrs Bobbin!

    x

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    1. Thanks Neeno, you are ace!

      The weather has definetly taken a turn for the worst. Did someone say rain!?! Boo!

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  3. Oh wow! Imagine my delight at reading your post and realising that I had actually won something!! Thanks JBob and Ruemiraldi!! You've made my day :o) I look forward to prancing around in my new brooch.

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    1. Lady I am stoked you won a brooch. You are going to wear the heck out if it! It's going to look so lovely on your me-made clothes!

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  4. That is the most adorable little dress! Well done.
    Can't wait to see what you have to show us!

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    1. Thanks Noelle! I can't wait to show you either! I've almost finished it too :)

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  5. Lovely dress, the buttons are a great feature. That's a very helpful tip about the zip. I've been mostly sticking to my 'cotton comfort zone' and got lucky and bought 14 thrifted zips for 10p each - I didn't give a thought to their strength and have some heavier weight fabric I'm building up to so must keep that in mind. Thanks :)

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    1. Good work on the cheap zippers, I'm impressed (jealous!) xx

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  6. Hi Julia!
    J'adore ta robe rouge avec tes beaux boutons de Tasmanie!
    Magnifique!
    Très beau travail!
    You are fantastic!
    Have a wonderful sunday!

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  7. You always look so adorable in your creations, you are an inspiration. Those buttons are absolutely fabulous. Amazing what a few buttons can do to a garment.

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    1. You're right, and I totally love that about notions. Just a little trim here, or a button there and it totally lifts an outfit. Thanks Ms. Sassy x

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  8. is this really you Julia, you look different in your shirt dress :). i love it though. those buttons are just the kind of "stand out" things i look for. i have always wanted to make a shirt dress, but its still a bit way down in my to-do list.

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    1. I know it's so hard when there are so many things we want to make! I have about 15 things on my 'to-sew' list at the moment. I wish I could spend my days sewing and nothing else!

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  9. The dress is so adorable and you looked really cute in it!

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  10. I've been watching your sewing with interest; you make lovely clothing and I think your yellow dress is perfect for you. I am surprised that you want to give it away!

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    1. Thanks Jan Lorraine! Much appreciated :) And I'm definitley keeping the dress, it's the brooches I'm giving away x

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  11. Clicked over to read your most recent post and was most pleasantly surprised to see my name there as a brooch recipient!!, Yay, and next to the one I was hoping for too :). Thanks Julia

    Love the dress, so perfect for Autumn!

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    1. yay! I'll be emailing you shortly with details x

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  12. It's strange not seeing you in a Mad Men way but you look great!

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    1. Ha! I know! It's weird for me too. But by golly, this dress is comfortable and warm :)

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  13. I can't wait to see what you are up to and what you will be unveiling. Congratulations to the ladies who won. I'm secretly jealous

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    1. Thank you madam, I'm looking forward to sharing it! It's a copy-cat dress too and it's lovely

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  14. This such a cute dress. But why I am surprised? Everything you make is beautiful. I am looking forward to see what you've prepared for us!

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    1. Thanks Pauline! It's really comfortable too!

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  15. I love this dress! It's perfect!

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  16. Just found your blog, I'm so impressed you made this yourself, The color is perfect and very classy. Following you now

    xoDale
    http://www.savvyspice.com/

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    1. Dale that's a great compliment coming from you, thank you! I too am now following your blog

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  17. Oh wow! Thanks Julia. Email sent. :)
    Super cute and comfortable looking dress!

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  18. As usual, lovely dress... of course you look just as pretty in a more casual look as you do all dressed up :) Looking forward to seeing your next creation! :)

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