Burda 7517 Late to the Party!

Summer flowy dress fever has hit me. While I trudge across the work parking lot begging my toes not to become lodged in the melty tarmac, I visualize myself in a cool, breezy area- ok, it’s Epcot. I transport myself to the International Gateway and pretend that the French Pavillions gelato area has replaced my desk. Nice, right? I’ve tried this in the cafeteria, but somehow the chicken fingers never turn into lovely finger sandwiches and fancy drinks. I’ve begged the lunch lady to use those little umbrellas I supplied her with in my drinks, but she is a dream killer cog in the machine. Sigh.


Well, if I can’t live it, I can dress it right? So I’m adding some summer flowiness to my work dresses- fitted but flowy. I’ve had Burda 7517 since……it wasn’t OOP. But never got around to it. Why? I don’t know. I love making darts- no sarcasm. I love making them. I think I read in Readers Digest that it was on the list of ‘Secret Serial Killer Proclivities’. Seriously-

1- like to squeeze kitty paw pads

2- watches too much reality tv

3- Likes to make darts- both fish eye and regular

4- keeps a severed head next to the frozen creamed chipped beef in their mothers deep freeze

It’s all making sense now, isn’t it. Yeah, you know.

Oh, enough about me. Lets talk about this little frock! 13 reviews on Pattern Review. Not exactly Vogue 1247 

but it’s more popular than the winceworthy Mccalls 6615:


These pics immediately make me think:

‘I got my knees a’flexin’, 

got my arms t-rexin’    Thank Andy Sandberg.

Hey Big4- lets stop trying to make calf camouflage a thing, ok? Don’t look all innocent with me- you know what I’m talking about- GUILTY!


Phew. I’m sorry you all had to look at that, but shame is really the only thing that holds us together as a society. Back to our pattern. I was getting  a little worried- no big girls have reviewed this one. Maybe that’s bad, but actually I like it and the husband does too. Of course, he loves blue. I’m not huge on blue on me, but it has such cool colors that I am, drawn to. Cool like neato, not like ‘cool’ colors. I’m still trying decide if I am a Type 2 or a Type 4……or just a Type Shallow. Anyhoo.

I got out the tripod again. Sigh. I will beat this camera, if it kills me. In the meantime I will just look dead.


I did not do View B- you know my feelings on self ties. I wore it belted to work, but really preferred the subtle shaping without it, so I took it in about 3 inches after my initial wear. This envelope doesn’t exactly promise a great fit- the reviews on PR made me give this a 2nd look.

It doesn’t flow like my summer fantasies and because the pups were imprisoned in the yard while Mr B shampooe’d their messes into oblivion, I took these pics inside. Forgive the gloom. No. It’s mood lighting, lets stay positive! Here we go- inching toward self-timer prowess!


This neckline is my friend. Well, during the cut out at least. a nicely darted neckline means I can skip my hollow chest alteration. I’m a little disappointed that my darts aren’t as crisp and defined as some of the reviews. But I’m not as defined as most of the reviewers! I liked how the shape ended up, I’m not sure why my skirt is not as columny as other reviews, but I’m good with it.


Side zip- why? I mean really- another over the head dress that doesn’t need and zipper. Does Talon have some sort of hold over the pattern industry? Even knit patterns feel the need to have a zipper. I may start a non-zipper movement. Erica Jong fans are you with me?


Sorry peeps- you don’t get full makeup on a sunday afternoon- I have to let the ground lay fallow at least once a week!


Hey! Almost all of me is in frame!!!

Gracious- I really look like my Mother in these pics- right down to the photo-taking dislike!


photo credits: Little me, Pattern Review. All images remain the property of their original owners.

55 thoughts on “Burda 7517 Late to the Party!

  1. Def not your usual colours but I think it works! You threw me for a moment when you mentioned the pups imprisoned in the yard while talking about things not flowing. I went all euphemistic and fnar’d a lot I’m afraid. Shall I be a mean fairy and say how much I’m enjoying the polleny whatsits on your left bazoom? lol lol Oh and definitely zipless, every time!


  2. Jen (NY) says:

    Very pretty dress and it looks terrific on you! Wow though, those boot-covers …at first glance I though it a pattern for a plantar fasciitis night split or something.

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  3. I love the coloring in these photos! The dress fits right in. And even without make-up you look fabulous. I love your big Bambie eyes and red locks.

    The line up of picture frames in the chest up photo looks almost like thought bubbles 🙂 I’m definitely in favor of you experimenting more with selfies.


      • Guess how many photos I had took to get a month’s worth of MMM evidences? Over 800 of mostly duds. I’d encourage you to play with your expressions & poses. Nothing ventured nothing gained!

        Then there’s always ‘post-production’ trickery for those close but no cigar photos. I wish Instagram filters are more widely available. As they aren’t, I sometimes use https://www.ribbet.com/ instead. They have a few simple filters to make photos look more interesting then they really are. I’ve also been known to ‘clone’ out distracting details like light switch or hook on my door (or just mess that I forgot to clear out of view)!

        The 1 trick I really want to master is depth of field – you know self in focus & everything else blurry. Photoshop trickery just never look the same.

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  4. Lovely dress. Honestly. But your thought bubble photos and deathly stare had me laughing out loud. Please do keep experimenting with the self timer. A little hint about focus- put something, a broom a pillow, hubby..where you plan to be, focus on Automatic focus, take a test shot. If it’s good then flick to manual focus. This way the focus will not move when you get in front of the camera. Val.

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  5. Well I didn’t expect to read photo advice on this blog – but my oh my, aren’t your ladies experts? I have yet to master the reluctant family member plus phone approach. But the humour is always stonking.

    The dress? It’s great. I love the shape, the folds and darts are perfect and I really like the colour scheme on you. The oranges and browns are your old staples, with a bit of greyish blue to set it off. Very nice indeedy. Who needs a man?


  6. I love it, so classic and elegant. I’ve just started doing a hollow chest adjustment, it’s lovely to have things that actually sit properly at the neckline! But nice this takes that work away. Thanks for sharing that hilarious McCalls boot cover pattern. How weird is that?!


  7. Who needs crisp neck pleats? I love the way this fabric is soft enough to lay flat and flatter. Your mood shots crack me up and really define your creative side. Since no one mentioned the coordinating earrings…I will….love them!


  8. danvillegirl says:

    Love this new dress! Pretty fabric and I think the fit is perfect. As to those darts at the neckline, if you want them to lay flatter, edge stitch the folds and they will lay flatter. I have to do that for those on me because of the hollow chest thing also. As always love your humor!


  9. I love this. I almost choked on the spats patterns at the beginning and wondered what the heck I was going to be seeing next as I scrolled/read. Your fabric is great, and I agree with the subtle shaping. Lovely dress and yes, that neckline is gorgeous.


  10. Kristi says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! You look magnificent in blue, and that style is perfect! I never would’ve guessed it looked that good from the envelope. I wish I possessed that seeing-past-the-envelope ability, but I just never can seem to.


  11. Lovely, just lovely! I’m loving the colors on you, and the neckline is very nice! Great job! And you’re doing great on the photography, a little more practice and you’ll be a selfie pro! 😉


  12. Just hold on a minute – I don’t come here for atmospheric photo shoots, beautifully made and well fitting dresses in colours that absolutely suit the model who not only cut and sewed the garment but she perfectly matched the style and fabric as well! Mind you – the humour is still the same! Invasion of the Body Snatchers??


  13. You seem to sew up lots of Burda patterns. I have only tried the PDF or the ones in the magazine and the directions have me so confused that I give up. Tell me, do you sew PDF’s or the magazine ones or the real ones? I love this dress on you.


    • I have tried the magazine- all those lines intersecting blew my mind! I buy the envelope patterns and have much better luck. But I used to get some pretty odd results trying to navigate their instructions!


    • The husband isn’t a huge makeup fan- but in the south you paint up or have people assume you are depressed or a lesbian or worse- a northerner! Imagine the horror!


  14. Lucky you – you look lovely with no makeup – I would shatter the camera lens – HA!
    I like this flowy but fitted look you got going on here, and I second the motion to ban side zips (they are horrible things and they always pinch my armpits LOL.

    When they say ‘squeeze kitty paw pads’, do they mean in a mean way? Because I LOVE to squeeze my kittys’ paw pads but not in a mean way LOL. I also love topstitching… maybe I am a serial killer after all LOL.

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  15. Oh I have this ready to sew up (but too cold now for here) but I’m so glad of the review as I’m a similar shape and was not convinced it would work on me but I love it on you so hopefully I’ll love it when I get to in in summer.


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