The Dress that REALLY got me noticed (another free pattern)

This is the dress that started it all. The dress that really got me noticed as a sewer, or is it sewist?  Let me introduce you to the Danielle dress.

Danielle is yet another FREE PATTERN – this time from Burda.  I think my dress looks nothing like the one featured on their site.  Isn’t it amazing how different something can look in a different fabric and without those silly puffy sleeves.  While I think theirs looks a little frumpy, mine makes me feel tall, smart and a little fancy!

So Sew Easy - Danielle Dress - free pattern.  The dress that really got me noticed as a sewist.


Once again my reluctant photographer tries to do his best while making me balance on some very uneven rocks in a high wind and high heels.  Just so he can laugh at me I think.

The day I wore this into work I felt a bit like a celebrity.  It was noticed and commented on as soon as I entered reception.  And all the ladies I saw complimented me on my new dress and wanted to know where I got it.  When I proudly/casually mentioned that I had made it myself, by the end of the day I’d had 5 people asking me to make one for them too.  And offering to pay!  I think I might have finally arrived in sewing world.  Does this mean I can now cast of my ‘complete beginner’ badge and perhaps promote myself to ‘novice sewist’?


So Sew Easy - Danielle Dress - free pattern.  The dress that really got me noticed as a sewist.

I tried very hard to be precise in my sewing with this dress because it has darts in the bodice front and back, that should line up exactly with the long shaping darts in the skirt back, and the pleats in the skirt front.  The seams in the center back need to all line up exactly so the bodice needs to be precisely the same length (obviously) on each side.  And the central band needs to be precise.  A few mm out and things won’t line up when the zip is closed at the back. I admit to unpicking and redoing those seams a couple of times until I was happy.

There are also facings for the bodice that need to be sewed precisely if they aren’t to show from the front.  It was a real project in precision for me as a sewing beginner, but is actually very easy to make.  And it was so easy to adjust the fit by just taking in a little off the sides where I needed it.  The fit doesn’t have to be precise because of the pleats in the skirt front allowing for easy movement and sitting ease too.


So Sew Easy - Danielle Dress - free pattern.  The dress that really got me noticed as a sewist.It worked out brilliantly, even though my invisible zipper isn’t quite invisible.  My adjustable zipper foot did a good job, but I’m going to get an invisible zipper foot as well for really precise results.

I didn’t attempt to match the pattern on the back of the dress.  This was just one challenge too much for me just yet, and I knew if it wasn’t precise as well, it would show that it didn’t match.  So I went with a semi-match that had the swirls in a similar placement so I hope it doesn’t look too out of place.

I love the way this dress is so flattering for my figure.  Its slim and fitted in the back, but the empire waist and the pleats in front hide my tummy and don’t over-emphasise my hips I think.  And the squared off neckline has always been a favorite of mine.


So Sew Easy - Danielle Dress - free pattern.  The dress that really got me noticed as a sewist.

This is the BEST thing I have ever sewn and I LOVE it.  If you want a really good dress pattern I highly recommend Danielle. It’s pretty easy to sew if you take your time, easy to fit and doesn’t take a whole lot of fabric.

This was yet again another fabric remnant from my local shop. Total cost – about $5 for the fabric and $1.25 for the zipper.  Now THAT is a bargain.
Authored by: Deby at So Sew Easy

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57 Responses to The Dress that REALLY got me noticed (another free pattern)

  1. Michelle says:

    Gorgeous! What a beautiful dress!

  2. Kelly Tuttle says:

    You did a great job! I had noticed that pattern on burdastyle before, but didn’t realize it could look so nice just by leaving off the sleeves and not using heavy crushed velvet. You look great in the dress!

    • Deby Coles says:

      Thank you Kelly – yes is amazing how different it can look. There are a lot of others in the gallery on Burda for inspiration. I would have pased it over too if I just went by that velvet dress.

  3. Sara says:

    It’s beautiful! I love the fit. I’m working on my first dress now and think I need to start over! It’s the Washi dress that seems to getting rave reviews all over blogland. Fun and frustrating all in one!

  4. Elise Lin says:

    You’re looking fabulous in that dress! I noticed the Danielle pattern a while ago and put it on my wish list to sew (I love empire waist lines). Yours looks like the elegant grown up version of this pattern, I’m not surprised you got so many compliments, it’s gorgeous!

  5. Hilary says:

    This looks amazing, and I love the fabric you used :)

  6. MammaNene says:

    You and your dress are really wonderful! I love the fabric you choosed and the pattern is one of my burda’s free pattern fav too!
    Must do that!
    Sleeveless is also better than sleeved .. It should be a pinafore too?
    You are definatly a novice ;)

  7. Gail @ says:

    Can’t believe this dress only cost you $6.25! You are a great seamstress.

  8. Abby says:

    Love it! You look great it in it!

  9. mom2fur says:

    Oh, my goodness, the matching you did in the back with those swirly lines is amazing! The dress is beautiful and looks great on you.
    If I were 14 (which was like, 43 years ago), I’d like the puffed sleeves. But I agree, for a grown woman they are a little silly!

  10. Rebecca says:

    This is fabulous! The dress is beautiful and you look fantastic in it! I am off to check out the pattern now!

  11. Leisa says:

    Great dress–I love the fabric!

  12. Sarah Kingma says:

    Wow, that is beautiful work! Lovely print, and a perfect fit. Well done!

  13. organizedisland says:

    Wow! I love that dress and wish I had a sewing machine! It looks great – have you considered selling what you sew :) ? Found you on I Gotta Create!

  14. Looks great! Wish I could fit my own garments half as well!

  15. Looks great! You are definitely no beginner :)

  16. Elisabeth says:

    Wow! That dress is amazing and the cost is unbeatable :) It really suits you. I’m still a novice with my sewing machine, I just made me first wearable this week but hopefully I’ll be able to make something as wonderful as your dress soon! Elisabeth x

  17. Jamie says:

    Love the dress, you did a great job. I always like free patterns!

  18. Cammie says:

    Wow!! I’ve looked at that pattern several times and thought, “That’s just not right for my style, cute, but not on me”. You just changed my mind. What a wonderful job you did!! It looks amazing on you. I showed the man in the house the changes you made to it and he was just as impressed as I was!! Very nice work, you should be very proud! Congrats on the “novice” promotion :)

  19. Hootnz says:

    Beautiful dress and no wonder everyone asked you sew one for them! You look fantastic in it :)
    You can definitely cross beginner of the list!

  20. Karen Schulz says:

    the dress is gorgeous and what a bargain price. It certainly shows your sewing skills off. Visiting from Petals to Picots

  21. omlair says:

    wow, fantastic result. that print is gorgeous, you have some mad sewing skillz!

  22. Jo says:

    I love it. Quite a talent!

  23. ajaire says:

    The fabric is lovely! And such a great color on you. You are definitely no beginner :) The fit is WAY too good for a novice!

  24. carriehurst says:

    Very pretty! It looks so professional! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  25. Andrea says:

    I can see why!! Wowsa!! That’s a great dress!

  26. Barbara says:

    O, that is just too tempting to make. I love love love your dress! Maybe somewhere in the future I will attempt one!

  27. Allison says:

    I love the dress! I was actually looking at the picture of the back and thinking “Wow. She matched up the fabric.” until I read a little more of the post. It looks very professional and I think you’ve definitely moved up from beginner.

  28. Becca says:

    It’s beautiful and so flattering! Great job!

  29. Rosey says:

    It did turn out brilliant and it’s a very good fit too!

  30. Andi C. says:

    I love that dress! You’ve done a great job and the fabric choice and the matching you (didn’t) do came out perfect!

  31. Ruth says:

    Your dress looks fabulous. You did an amazing job sewing ip. Fits beautifully.

  32. Your fabric choice is brilliant and it’s an incredibly flattering shape! Great job.

  33. Sam says:

    Great dress! I’ve made 2 dresses based on the Danielle pattern and I love them both.

  34. Leslie says:

    Beautiful dress!!!

    Thanks for sharing your favorite post at Raising Imperfection! We feature our favorites on Friday, make sure to come back and check.

  35. Lanaya says:

    I love the slim lines of the dress!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  36. lovespunstudio says:

    Great job! The fit seems perfect.

  37. Danielle says:

    The dress is gorgeous! It fits you like a glove and you look really good in that! I’m not that an amazing seamstress but I can dream :) Newest follower here…found you via link party!

  38. Justine says:

    Yes this dress fits you perfect. And obviously you aren’t a beginner! How long have you been sewing? PS While it’s flattering that people want you to sew for them, sewing for others for pay is a real drag!

  39. Krista Low says:

    The dress is beautiful. You did a really great job and you look fabulous! One day I could maybe do that :)

  40. Quilt Story says:

    Darling!! I am so impressed!!

  41. Kathy Moody says:

    You look amazing in the dress! I love the fabric. Awesome job. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. :)

  42. Katie Adams says:

    Thank you for sharing on Blog Stalking Thursday. I have featured YOU and I would love for you to stop by and grab a feature button and show it to the world. You deserve it! Blog Stalking Thursday Features You!

  43. Lynaea says:

    Yay for easy patterns that make flattering clothes! Free easy patterns—even better. You do look lovely in it. And I think you’ve definitely left the novice station.

    Photography throws a whole new light on relationships! I’ve never felt more awkward than when my husband has a camera aimed at me…and he isn’t as charming as he could be either. I think because he can see me in my awkwardness, while I have no idea what I look like and feel ultra vulnerable…

    Lynaea @

  44. Allison @ House of Hepworths says:

    Beautiful dress! And it fits you so perfectly.

  45. kristen says:

    You did an awesome job! It fits great! thank you so much for linking up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings. Make sure to come back next week! – Kristen

  46. rainonatinroof01 says:

    Cute dress! So happy you linked up to Give Me The Goods Monday! Can’t wait to see what goods you bring next week!
    Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  47. What an adorable dress, and perfect for Summer. Thank you so much for sharing with Saturday Spotlight. Have a great weekend and come back soon!

  48. sparkling74 says:

    LOVE the colors!!!

  49. Cari says:

    This is fabulous! I love the fabric, and the it fits you so perfectly. I will be pinning this, and adding it to my pile of “must-sew’s”

  50. Hey Deby,
    I just wanted to let you know that we featured this post at this weeks Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Blog Hop. Thanks so much for sharing with us.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly

  51. Annie K says:

    New fan here… you are SO talented! Hopefully, if I follow your posts faithfully, some of it will rub off on me… LOL!

  52. Pam says:

    A very flattering style and a stunning dress, Deby!!!

  53. Shona says:

    Your right it looks so much better without the sleeves. I made the same dress a couple of years ago, kept the sleeves but reduced the puff considerably but also made the band in a contrast colour. Was really happy with it only gained a lot of weight since then so I guess I will just have to do it again.

  54. Eileen Blanchard says:

    Deby, I scrolled down on the first pic and all I could say was WOW !!!!!
    Love the pattern, love the color, love the fabric. You look great in the dress. Your blog is wonderful and I think your skills are superb. I am enjoying following you.
    Keep up the good sewing.

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