The Brumby-Blue Dress: BurdaStyle 9/2011 #104

This dress is blue. Like, really blue. And you know who likes blue? One of my favourite blogging friends Brumby.

Brumby was the first blogger I got to know after setting up this blog. She writes on sewing, sustainability and a million other fantastically random musings over at utbwb. And she makes gorgeous jewellery like this.

If you’re speedy, you can enter the give-away she is hosting which encourages being good human beings (closes Friday NZT).

As soon as I saw this fabric my brain went directly there, though I think it was all the subliminal messaging of her summer palette pins. And so this dress is now known as the Brumby-blue dress.

The pattern:

We had a few disagreements, this pattern and I. Some parts were delightful like the perfectly drafted waistline pleats that aligned like a dream, and some, like inserting an invisible zipper into six layers of gathers and fabric were not.

The magazine version is made from chiffon so actually has even more layers than my dress as many pieces are double-layered.

I imagine if I’d tried to use chiffon I would still be in a corner somewhere rocking in the foetal position. As it was, the zipper almost killed me  it and I would have given up if not for all the lovely advice from you folks. You’ll have to take my word for it that it does up because it won’t win any contests and I refuse to take a detail shot of it.

Here is a picture of a puppy instead – believe me, you will feel better than if it was a picture of a zip.


Once I got over my tantrum, the rest was straight forward and I’m quite pleasantly surprised with the result.

Do you have piles of UFOs or do you diligently finish everything you start?



  • Emma Topping November 22, 2011

    go girl! the dress looks better on you than the girl from Burda xx

  • Brumby November 22, 2011

    Alaaannna, you made me well up with tears. I feel so honoured that when you think of blue you think of me, that’s so very very sweet!!! I literally have little butterflies in my belly with joy!

    Setting my emotions aside, can i say SHABANG, you look foxy! The dress was well worth persevering with (much like it’s namesake who is also notoriously difficult and annoying but worth it in the end..) , the colour is amazing on you, I am little bit jel! When you finally haul you butt down here, we need to take it out for a night of cocktails!

    As for your question, I have so many UFO you could almost mistake my studio for Area 51. I try not too, but as you know, fickle, remarkably fickle, at my age, i’m unlikely to get any better.

  • prttynpnk November 22, 2011

    Gorgeous and I want it and so gorgeous!

  • Roisin Muldoon November 22, 2011

    You are a stone cold fox. I LOVE THIS! x

  • Rachel November 22, 2011

    You look stunning! That is one girgeous dress. I try and finish everything I embark on – doesnt mean everything gets worn though, so not sure its a good thing!

    • Rachel November 22, 2011

      *gorgeous. Lack of sleep has gotten to me. I blame the teething baby

      • lazystitcher November 22, 2011

        No worries… hope you get some rest. Have you been on the big trip yet?

  • molly November 22, 2011

    So pretty! I love how bright it is, and your pictures are super cute. What photo editor do you use?

    • lazystitcher November 22, 2011

      Thank you! These photos used a free trial of Adobe photoshop and Adobe inDesign but most of the editing could be done using the free programme I usually use. The Adobe programs just make it easier 🙂

  • mujerboricua November 22, 2011

    That color and dress is breath-taking on you. Way to persevere! It’s so hard not to walk away in a huff and abandon a project forever.

    • lazystitcher November 22, 2011

      Thanks chick! I was actually thinking about you recently or rather I was thinking about your Rooibos. I saw on Karen’s blog that you’re working at Raystitch which is literally just down the road from me. So if you ever feel like picking it up again give me a yell and I can meet you down there if it would help 🙂

  • Elizabeth November 22, 2011

    It’s gorgeous. I’m so glad you perservered.

  • didyoumakethat November 22, 2011

    That is a SUPERB dress. I try to be diligent most of the time, but not always!

  • Dibs November 22, 2011

    That colour I believe was made for you…and there is no accompanying evil laugh here…hihihihihihi…..well maybe just a little. But it suits you so well. I’m going to see la Melizza on sunday at Raystitch. care to come? Plus I need ur email to send u a pic of those african prints.

    • lazystitcher November 26, 2011

      Hello Miss Dibs! Sunday sounds awesome and my email is thelazystitch(at)gmail(dot)com x

  • Nikki November 22, 2011

    You look fab! The colour is so you. Gorgeous! Stunning! Just ready for parties!!

  • liza jane November 23, 2011

    This is so fabulous! The perfect party dress.

    Alright, I am going to my stash to see if I have anything in that particular shade of blue now…

  • Mary November 23, 2011

    Alana, this dress is fierce. There is no other word for it. You look absolutely ravishing, chica.

  • jen November 29, 2011

    Good thing you pushed through b/c it looks great and that blue on you is brilliant!

  • Ngoc February 18, 2012

    I LOVE your dress! If I didn’t have a pile of UFOs, I would totally copy it right now 🙂

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