A Danielle Dress for work

I’ve had my eye on Burda Style’s free Danielle dress pattern for years and it’s been on my sewing list for ages but I just never seemed to get around to it.


Initially I had planned to make it for a wintery work dress but my timing was out so I made a sleeveless version that could be worn as the summer heats up.

I used some grey suiting that I had in my stash but decided that it needed some pizzaz to avoid being completely corporate and boring.  So got some gorgeous petrol green silk from the Tessuti remnants table that worked well made into the piping that I wanted to spice things up. I also had to obviously add arm facings as I left off the sleeves.


The dress came together well EXCEPT for the enormous bust dart in the empire line bodice.  I could NOT get it to work.  I tried all sorts of tricks and resewed it about 5 times.  I read all sorts of posts about sewing big darts but nothing could stop the Madonna Cone Boobs look below. This was not the look I was going for and eventually gave up and used gathers instead.

Danielle bad darts

Maybe not quite as neat a finish and a little uneven but I was just relieved to be out of the dart sewing dabacle. Does anyone have any brilliant tips on sewing big empire line bust darts?  There is another dress with an Empire line that I’ve been fiddling with but the bust darts also have me stumped.


I like how the dress turned out with the big tucks in the skirt front and I think the green piping is just what it needed to make it a little different. The square neckline is interesting – not something I’d normally go for – but it works well for this dress even though it means having to wear a very specific bra that doesn’t show in the corners of the neckline.


Thanks for stopping by and PLEASE, if you have any good advice on big empire line bust darts, please pass it my way!

Pattern: Burdastyle Danielle dress

Fabric: Grey suiting from my stash. Originally from a second hand fabric market in Newtown. I think it’s a cotton poly blend – maybe some wool ?

Alterations: No sleeves and bust gathers rather than dart

Do it again: Maybe – once I’ve figured out the bust dart dilemma