This experiment project can be summarized by four words:
My expression says it all. This was the best I could manage out of all the (sensible) photos taken by He who Cooks.
It really is lovely fabric: two of my favourite colours, I have coordinating fabric in a stripe and both of them were souvenirs. But, quilting cottons have the wrong drape for this dress style, particularly butterfly sleeves.
I knew that, but thought I’d give it a try anyway. I wanted to try out this style for another fabric in my stash. I told myself I could always take the sleeves off afterwards.
Will I? Not sure. I seem to like them. I think this is nostalgia for my favourite dress as a twelve year old that had butterfly sleeves.
This dress is good for impersonating a retro china teapot. A short and stout one.
Pattern: Burdastyle 05-2009-123
Size: 36-44, I made a 42
Fabric: Cotton bought in Denver, Colorado
Changes I made:
I lengthened the skirt by about 10 cm. A line skirts tend to look better on me longer rather than knee length.
I made my normal swayback adjustment.
I didn’t add the frill to the neckline or hem. Using my coordinating stripe fabric on the neckline made the dress look a bit too much like pajamas. I don’t mind it so much on the hem as a bias strip.
The neckline is low and tends to gape a bit. The frill that Burda intended might help.
The empire line on this pattern is reasonably high. I am a bit short waisted and only just a C cup. I think the top could be both too tight and short on a more regular shaped woman with anything more than a B cup. And did I mention it’s a bit low and gapes?
Will I make it again?
This was a trial for the silk twill in this line up of fabrics.
Not sure I will go ahead with it. If I do, I will curve the surplice neckline out to 2 cm near the cross over to give a bit more cover and make a sloping shoulder adjustment. Hopefully that would fix the lowness and gaping.
The fabric has been washed, so it has softened and is lovely and drapey. It seems to want to be a blouse more than this dress though…