Mosaic Wrap Dress: Burda 6829

This is the final of four wrap dress reviews that make up my “Wrap Battle” comparison. See the others here, here and here.


Out of all the prints I selected I was most unsure about this mosaic print. It reminded me of stain glass or a kaleidoscope, but it is very busy. I decided to use it for the side gathered Burda 6829 which lacked any front seams that I felt would busy up the print even more.

Wrap Battle
Left to Right: M6884 (here), Bu6829, NL 6301 (here) and M7504 (here)

Though I can’t say I love Burda’s instructions, the dress is simple to put together. I do wish Burda used notches instead of lines, because I almost missed them when I was transferring the markings. Burda also called for interfaced facings which I omitted. I just felt the ITY was to light to add facing, instead I turned over the neckline and finished with my Janome 900cpx coverstitch.


Gathers at the waist are always flattering and the tulip hem is a nice detail. The back for this dress is not cut on the fold to allow for some tapering at the waist. Even for a knit dress this detail helps with the fit.


This is, no surprise, the winner of the WRAP BATTLE. I love the gathering, the tulip hem, and the minimal number of pattern pieces.

Pattern:  Burda 6829

Pattern Description: tight-fitting dress with gathered sides requires softly draping, stretchy fabrics. sleeveless or with sleeves – this striking, feminine wrapped dress makes a shapely décolleté

Sizing: 8-18. I sewed a 16

Difficulty: 1/beginner

Fabric Used: Abstract Geometric print ITY from Fabric Mart

Does it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Very

Likes: tulip hem, midsection gathers, 3 pattern pieces, no ties

Dislikes: the facings which I omitted

Pattern alterations or any design changes made: None

Would I sew it again? Yes, I think I need a velvet long sleeve version for fall/winter.

Would I recommend it to others? Yes

Conclusion: The winner of my wrap dress battle

5 responses to “Mosaic Wrap Dress: Burda 6829”

  1. […] my Wrap Battle McCalls 6884, Burda 6829, New Look 6301 and McCalls 7504 went head to head. If I were to rank the entries it would be in […]


  2. I am just about to make my first dress. Ever. Of any pattern. EVER. And it’s this pattern! I find the instructions a little bit… um… brief? And I see you’ve mentioned that you don’t really like Burda’s instructions. Any advice for a novice just about to try making a first version of this lovely dress? (PS – lack of notches has been confusing me – and only now reading your entry do I undertand what those little LINES are! Thank you!)


    1. I would advise starting with another dress but I’m assuming you’ve already started this dress. Thankfully there nothing hard about the construction burda just doesn’t let you detailed instructions. My advice.. do what makes sense.
      If you have a question about a specific step let me know and I’ll try to walk you through it.


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