Honestly, that was so sweet and generous. Lena didn't care at all if I sewed myself the same dress. She said: "Hey, it'll be a different fabric, they won't be the same." When I talked to her mom, my friend, and I found out it was a Burda pattern I was hesitant to try it. I grew up in an anti Burda home, but my friend assured me that Burda has long since started including seam allowances in their patterns and there was nothing to fear. In fact, she told me, because Burda is European the styles are much more fashionable than the domestic patterns.
I had this fabric in my 'stash' so all I needed was a $1.67 for a zipper and voila - my new dress. I even had this shell necklace which I didn't realize would 'go' when I first started sewing.
(Ignore the scrunched up neckline from the self-portrait arm, really the neck is perfectly round. The only thing I would change about this pattern is do the neckline not quite so wide. It works, but I'd bring it in a little if I were to sew it again. Oh, and how do you like the soccer sunburn? And do you know how hard it is to take a picture of your chest without taking a picture of your chest?)