Continuing on in our theme of Patterns Nobody Has Sewn, I present to you: The Convertible Sundress!

Burda 7512 Front and Back Summer and Winter Style

Burda 7515 Sundress Front View

Not only can you convert it for the seasons, but I used a knit fabric!  You may or may not know, but knits and I have not always been the best of friends.

Crinkle Knit Fabric

Crinkle Knit Fabric

This one is a 70% polyester, 30% rayon crinkle knit with a lovely wavy creased texture to it.  I used another Burda pattern, that I do believe NOBODY has ever sewn before, Burda Style 7512. 7512_SB.indd I really liked the line drawings, but not so much the way the dresses fit the models, nor the fabrics they chose, so I was not sure what the result would be.  But, I think the crinkle knit was an excellent choice!  The cowl back drapes nicely and it top stitches with a twin needle well without stretching at the wrapped cross-over front, and the hem.

Burda 7512 Back Views Summer and Winter

sew sundressThe fabric colour and texture and the fact that it is a knit, really allow it to span the seasons as being either a spring/summer or fall/winter fabric.  So, that’s how I used it!  Summers here are so short (and this one has been cooooollllllddddd!) so I really like a wardrobe that is easily converted for the seasons.  This dress is my contribution to Heather’s Summer Sundress Sewalong.

Burda 7512 Front Views Summer and Winter

The style reminds me of the new Colette Patterns Myrtle dress, except the cowl drape is in the back and the front is a cross-over style which I think adds a bit of joosh.  The pattern calls for Vilene Bias Tape to be used on hemmed areas, at the crossover front, armholes and bottom hem, but if you can’t find this, you can just use knit stay tape or even cut knit / tricot interfacing into strips.

Check Out the Twin Needle Top Stitching!  And, I Used Matching Over-locking Thread, Booyaa!

Check Out the Twin Needle Top Stitching! And, I Used Matching Over-locking Thread, Booyaa!

For those of you that like sewing with knits because it is faster, this may not be the pattern for you.  You cannot sew the whole dress on your overlocker, and you are constantly switching from a stretch stitch to a twin needle on your sewing machine.  You can’t save up all the twin needle topstitching until the end.  Also, there are six straps as fabric tubes to sew and turn.  Six!

Burda 7512 Side Views Summer and Winter

I asked around on Instagram if anybody knew how to care for this fabric and consensus was that I sew test stitching samples.  Good advice, but it sounded really boring.  So instead, I sewed a yoga skirt with a slight A-Line and added fold-over elastic at the waist.  This way, I could practice my stitch lengths, twin needle stitching, pressing methods and use of knit stay tape and still end up with a wearable garment.  Bonus!

Test Samples as a Knit Yoga Skirt

Yoga Skirt Instead of Test Sewing Samples

Stretch Yoga Skirt

Burda 7512 Autumn Knit Dress Front View

Psssst, did you happen to notice the change of artwork from spring/summer to fall/winter?  It’s the little things…. 🙂

If you haven’t voted yet on ‘what is your favourite fabric to sew with’, be sure to go here and add it to the comments section!  Chart forthcoming…

See you next time!



50 thoughts on “Continuing on in our theme of Patterns Nobody Has Sewn, I present to you: The Convertible Sundress!

  1. Adrienne says:

    You crack me up. The fabric was a really good choice, I agree. I would have never been drawn to the pattern from the envelop of it, but your dress has an interesting 70s vibe to it. I liiiiiiike! Very fall.

    • Gjeometry says:

      Yessss! I’m pleased the fabric had that nice drape to it. Doesn’t hurt that it was also on sale for $5 / m! 🙂 Yes, I also see the 70s vibe for sure, and I do happen to be a big proponent of 70s style.

    • Gjeometry says:

      Thanks! Yes, the test stitching seemed like it was wasting time, even though I know it definitely isn’t. Sort of like making a muslin, you don’t want to, but in the end, it’s good you did.

    • Gjeometry says:

      Thanks Sandra! Yup, six tubes. I actually wanted the front and back ties narrower than this to be super skinny, but I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to turn them.

  2. marie says:

    the dress looks so good on you. Love the colour & style. And no I did not notice the different pictures ,I was so enjoying looking at your dress instead.

    • Gjeometry says:

      Aw, thank you Tanya! The back is totally my favourite part as well. And, when your summers are as short as the ones here, seasonal garment ingenuity is a must!

  3. Elise Lin says:

    You have a knack for picking seemingly uninteresting patterns and making elegant garments out of them! How do you do that?!

    • Gjeometry says:

      Heh heh! I force myself to JUST look at the line diagrams and decide if I like the pattern based on that. Then, if I do, I look at the pics and try to discern what I like or dislike about the fabrics they chose. Then, usually do the opposite, LOL.

  4. Caroline Joynson says:

    Super cool. I think you have an amazing ability and knack of seeing past the terrible pattern images / fabric choices / horrific illustrations to the fundamental core of the pattern. Even the line drawings can sometimes be hard for some people to visualise with their own choice of fabric / cut etc.
    Another fab and funky outfit that wonderfully spans both S/S and A/W seasons! Nice work Catja x

    • Gjeometry says:

      Hey, thanks Caroline! Yes, for me, I try to block out the models and finished dresses and just look at the line drawings. It’s easier for me to picture what the garment will do on my body just seeing the line drawing. I think people can be swayed too easily by ‘bad cover art’ when the pattern can be a real winner (or vice versa when the cover art is sensational but the pattern is…meh). For instance, I have in the queue, an 80s skirt and the cover art…..OH, the cover art. When I blog it, I’ll photograph the pattern cover, for sure, because it’s hysterical!! But, the skirt pattern is great and the instructions also are so thorough.

    • Gjeometry says:

      Oh, thanks so much for stopping by O! Jolly! I’m delighted to welcome you to the ol’ blog. Glad you enjoyed the post. I like trying to think up interesting themes for my posts and, really, for my wardrobe in general. I like a good story. 🙂

  5. Brooke says:

    Very cute dress! I really like both ways you styled it! I definitely would not have been attracted to the pattern from the envelope photos, but your version makes me like it a lot. All those tiny tubes turned out really well – you did a great job with all the details! =)

    • Gjeometry says:

      Thanks Brooke! Yes, the envelope photos did not thrill me at all. But, I did like the line drawings and just pictured it being able to drape much better than in the pics. And, the tubes!! 🙂 The front and back ties (not the neck one) were the ones that I actually wanted really skinny-minny, half this size, but I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to turn them. They are still a bit smaller than the pattern calls for, at least.

    • Gjeometry says:

      Thank You Kat! I’m trying to find my style again, it kind of got away from me for a while, I think just with getting older and also seeing all the new and fabulous dresses and patterns on the blogs and wanting to try them, but then realizing that many of them just aren’t me!

    • Gjeometry says:

      Thanks Jilly! I figure the colour is bright but also fairly neutral so I can pair it with many different colours of long sleeve tops. And, YES!! I need to go practice my silhouette posing with fake fun. ON IT!

  6. Chris Lucas says:

    Love how your dress turned out and the draping on the back! Just gorgeous on you and you wear it so well 🙂 Good idea making the yoga skirt to test your stitching and end up with another great addition to your wardrobe 🙂 Good to see Kitty giving you a helping hand with the top stitching… Way to go Kitty… good to see you keeping up your supervising skills and making sure Catja does a great job using the twin needles 🙂

    • Gjeometry says:

      Thank You Chris! I’m so pleased that the back draped that nicely as well. On the pics on the envelope, the dress back just stands out straight and looks pretty bad! Don’t know why they chose that kind of fabric. And, Kitty is ALWAYS in the mix, but I’m sure you know this by now. 🙂

  7. Boomdeeadda says:

    Hi Catja! You look wonderful in that dress and the transition to fall is so trendy and European, loving the hat and boots. I swear, you can wear everything so well. I think that’d be the nicest thing about sewing so well, is creating one of a kind fashion that NO ONE else will ever own. I bet you get compliments all the time. If you don’t, you *should* 😀
    The sewing part sounds complicated to me but then again, I don’t know too much. You’re so clever to make the test stitching worth your while too. You could probably wear the yoga skirt tons with tights and a fall sweater. Happy to see kitty by your side, tippy-toeing around your lovely couture. It’s hard to imagine no ones ever sew this pattern. It’d be perfect for a beach holiday and I bet that fabric travels well. Diggin the bangles too, I’m a bit addicted to the vintage ones and look for them everywhere. 😀 later-alligator

    • Gjeometry says:

      Thanks Kelly! I blush at your lovely compliments! I’m happy with the way the dress came out, I FINALLY found a knit that I can be friends with! And, I’ve worn the yoga skirt tonnes already. I seem to be the queen of sewing patterns that nobody else has sewn or even purchased!
      Also, I want to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for your lovely post-card! Such nice things to say and I am just touched that you think of me when on your travels. it’s a 3-smiley moment: 🙂 🙂 🙂

  8. Kristin says:

    How stunning! I really love the color and the fit and drape and just everything! I’m glad you and jersey were able to get along because I think you’ll get a lot of wear out of this for sure!

    • Gjeometry says:

      Thank You Kristin! I’m so delighted that I finally found a knit that I can be friends with. It sewed up really well, drapes nicely and even took a twin needle hem with very flat, even results. The fabric also came in grey and I may pop out to go buy some in that colour. Shhhhhh. 😉

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