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So, judging from the response, it sounds like people maybe didn’t like this 1981 Burda outfit so much?  Maybe a faint distaste?  An inkling that it perhaps wasn’t the most flattering? A commenter or two may have even implied that no one actually wore such things back in 1981?

Well, I just received the most delightful message from the beautiful Idunna on Pattern Review. Guess what she told me. Guess. Guess. Guessguessguessguessguess. Okay, I’ll just tell you.

Idunna made this outfit.

Yup- saw that in Burda 1981 and decided she just had to have it! I am squealing with joy right now. And I have to say, knickers though they may be, this outfit is pretty awesome on her. I mean, I’m not going to run out and buy my own knicker fabric, but isn’t she adorable in this? And I’m not sure what caused her to hold back on the sleeve ruffles, collar ruffle, and *gulp* coordinating giant floppy bow, not to mention tone down the major bodice-and-shoulder ruffle, but I can only conclude that it had something to do with serious fashion foresight and a highly developed hideousness-avoidance instinct. Her version of the blouse could almost work today. And she probably doesn’t have to hide her head in shame when flipping through her photo albums.

Idunna, thanks so much for sharing- this totally made my day!


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