So glad I took your advice and used this pattern. I love the shape. It will work with a thin merino top underneath and tights for cooler days, and on its own for warmer spring weather.
Pattern: BurdaStyle 09/2012 #121
Size: 17-21 (petite equivalent of 34-42). I made a 21 with a 1 cm sway back adjustment and an extra 4 cm in length in the skirt.
I’m not petite but I am short-waisted, so Burda’s petite sizing works well for me. I just need to add a little to the skirt length and check sleeve length.
After flat pattern measurements I added 6 cm extra in width across several pattern pieces. I then took 5 cm back out after trying the dress on. It would have been fine as drafted. The only piece that I didn’t change is the front vase shape. This is an extra 2 cm wide. Because the back doesn’t have an extra 2 cm, the neck gapes ever so slightly.
The floral is a poly lycra scuba knit from EmmaOneSock, the black is a ponte (viscose nylon spandex) from Tessuti’s. I lined the dress with a viscose spandex knit from one of my local bricks and mortar stores; DK fabrics. This knit is not sold as lining, and it would make an awesome drapey top, or dress or leggings, but it’s also wonderful as lining. It makes wearing the dress feel like wearing pajamas.
I used a narrow zigzag stitch for the seams of the ponte and scuba knit.
Neither of these fabrics fray so overlocking wasn’t needed. A narrow zigzag meant I could press the seams allowances open and flat.
The neckline needed to be stabilized, but my knit lining was too stretchy to take fusible interfacing and I didn’t want to add extra bulk with a ponte facing. So I trimmed the seams at the neck line
and then fused the interfacing to the fashion fabric. I pinked the edge to minimize show through on the right side.
I under-stitched the lining at the neck edge and the sleeve edges, and then, to make even more sure it stayed in place, I stitched through all layers ‘in the ditch’ of the shoulder seams
Allthoughtswork suggested I style this dress with hair up, turquoise purse, metallic gold sandals, steaming cup of take out coffee in hand, and a hot guy waiting in the car. Sounds good doesn’t it?
How’d I go?
- Hair up? yep
- Turquoise purse? still working on that
- Metallic gold sandals? not warm enough for bare legs today
- Take out coffee in hand? wrong location
- Hot guy waiting in the car? He who Cooks was taking the photo instead ;-)
I had thought about adding hot pink topstitching to the interesting curved darts at the back, and an exposed zip, but I’ve done neither, so far. No need for a zip in this ponte. Not sure about topstitching. What do you think?