Burda and Big 4 : Our #sewtogetherforsummer Wrap Dress Pattern Picks! (Plus a Wildcard and a Freebie!)

Hello again!!

Looking for some more #sewtogetherforsummer 2018 wrap dress inspiration? We’ve got loads for you today! Firstly, have you seen Helen from Helen’s Closet’s fabulousIndie Darling’ Wrap Dress blog post?She’s chosen some amazing patterns from a whole host of Indie designers which are bound to inspire you! Here we bring you our top Burda magazine and Big 4 Pattern Picks plus we’ve thrown in a Wildcard and a bonus Freebie at the end for good measure!

(Pssst, click on the images or their titles to find out more!)

Starting with Burda…

In our opinion, Burda is an amazing source of patterns and of pattern pieces you can use to hack the patterns you already have. As you’ll likely have seen, this year the lovely Hila from Saturday Night Stitch is hosting an inspired year long Instagram challenge/initiative – #burdachallenge2018 – to encourage us to get more out of our collection of Burda magazines. If you don’t have the magazines, no worries, you can also download the patterns directly from their online pattern store.

There are loads of wrap dress patterns on the Burda website; these are our top six from my #sewtogetherforsummer co-host Suzy’s own magazine collection:

Burda 10/2011, Model #123A

We had to start here, this iconic classic long wrap dress has simple lines with a flouncy front, front and back darts for shaping and a buttoned cuff detail. It would flow gorgeously in any lightweight woven fabric.

Burda 07/2016, Model #102

Our second choice is perfect for hot summer days and will carry you through to evening! Made from jersey, this strappy dress pattern will cling to your curves and can be worn sexily short or romantically long.

Burda 02/2016 Model #126

Our next choice is a short sleeved dress from the Plus Size collection; it has simple lines that would be great for showcasing a fabulous bold print. It is a jersey dress and would be incredibly comfortable in true DvF style!

Burda 09/2017 Model #113

One of the things we love about Burda is that they have a few petite patterns per month, perfect for those of us shorter in body and/or leg! This wrap dress is for woven fabrics and has quite a daring side slit which we think looks totally on trend paired with jeans, a simple bodice and 3/4 length sleeves which we think would look great hacked with a tie cuff!

Burda 08/2017 Model #109

Next up is a long sleeved jersey wrap dress; we love its asymmetric hem and curve enhancing, tummy skimming pleats!

We couldn’t stop at 5, as we had to include…

Burda 10/2015 Model #122B

We love the drama in this dress! It has a lot going on including puff sleeves, interesting godet cuffs, a high-low hem and an ultra-feminine tulip shaped skirt!

Next up we’ve got Monika’s picks from the Big 4…

“As much as we all love Indie Patterns, beautiful packaging and a detailed ‘sewalong’, sometimes you just can’t beat those sales and picking up a pattern for a just a few $£€. Here is a small selection of wrap dresses from the Big 4 that we think really deserve a shout out!”

Butterick B6446

If you find jersey too clingy, Buttericks’ B6446 might be the wrap dress for you. It recommends cotton blends, linen, challis, gingham and satin and we love the flattering pleats around the bodice and waist. As Monika says “Get in my stash now…!”

Simplicity 8049

We think this 60s Simplicity reproduction is a dream! It has the clean no-fuss look of a shift dress but that curved wrap at the back gives it something really special. We think it would look great with a belt too. And yes, it really can be wrapped from either the front or back!

Vogue V8646

There are a lot of patterns for a classic wrap dress but this Vogue V8646 seems to have better reviews than others. You can make it in jersey or crepe and at Vogue they reckon it’s easy (but I guess we’ve all fallen for that before!), certainly we love that it offers different cup sizes!

Kwik Sew 3489

Another dress that promises to be quick and easy is Kwik Sew 3489. It is designed for jersey so should feel very comfortable. Based on reviews, Monika reckons she would definitely try this pattern as long as the jersey isn’t too drapey!

McCalls M6959

Now this is how we like our patterns – versatile with lots of sleeve and skirt options! We think Views C and D would make a great office dress, with Views A and B having all the 50s vibes! Monika can’t resist a full skirt! It’s designed for women’s so perhaps look for some beautiful linen or chambray?

And as a Wildcard

The Claire Wrap Dress from Pattern Review

Pattern Review are also one of the Challenge sponsors. They will be offering a very generous 30% discount on their PR Exclusive ‘Claire’ dress from the 27th April to 4th May so if you love the look of that yoke, generous cleavage coverage and interesting collar, it would be a good time to head over to their website then to snap it up at the discounted price!

And here’s the freebie

So Sew Easy Free Wrap Dress Pattern

Has anybody tried this pattern? It’s a simple classic shape with straight skirt and optional tie belt.


Also, the lovely Amanda from@isewalot (she really does!) has posted a vlog showcasing her wrap dress patterns :

Until next time, have fun stitching! And if you’re sewing a wrap dress, let me know how you’re getting on!

Sewcialise with me on Instagram here x


7 thoughts on “Burda and Big 4 : Our #sewtogetherforsummer Wrap Dress Pattern Picks! (Plus a Wildcard and a Freebie!)”

  1. Hi Sarah Love your blog! I’ve made a faux wrap dress using Butterick 5873 https://sewing.patternreview.com/Patterns/58686
    I just noticed that one of the rules is there shouldn’t be a zip, and this dress has a zip! In actual fact I could take it out as the fabric has so much stretch I can put it on without using the zip. Will that meet the rules for entry? Hope so!
    All the best


  2. Hi Sarah,
    Great post! I am making Butterick 5873 which I have had for a while without making it! I bought some lovely navy and white stretch in a sort of tiger print design – very unusual! I was worried about using it on an untested pattern so decided to use some knit jersey that I had bought online but didn’t like it when it arrived.
    Hopefully will finish both before the deadline!


  3. I love the idea of the Simplicity 1960s vintage dress but I don’t think it would suit me. I’ve tried Sew So Easy wrap top, which I believe is the same top without the skirt & was very easy to make, I had the dress as one of my potential entries but did’t have the fabric on hand so went with something else.


  4. Some great inspiration ladies, I like the idea of #113 pairing with jeans, hadn’t considered that as a look! Plenty to think about…


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