This was supposed to be the dress I wore on Christmas Day.
It got thrown in the corner, in great disappointment and unfinished, just before Christmas Day. I’m remedied the problems now. Jane from Jane’s Sew and Tell inspired me to get back to it after I saw her great Ikea fabric version.
(Hey, see that shiny red car in the background that matches my dress? Its mine.. all mine!)
Pattern Burdastyle: 09-2012-108 The September cover dress in lace
Size: 36-44, I made a 42, with some modifications.
A crinkle polyester cotton from Lucy Giles in November, underlined with cotton batiste.
Changes I made:
When made up without alterations, apart from my standard swayback, this was unflatteringly shapeless through the waist with a gaping neck. This is when I gave up and went on with Christmas preparations that involved no sewing.
Inspired again once Christmas dinner was a distant memory, I took the side seams in around the waist, elongated the French darts and removed another 4 cm out of the back neck by curving the centre back seam in. This caused some issues at the top of the zip, because I’d already added a trim to the neck and sewn the zip in as an exposed zip.
I’ve chosen to hide these issues with a red button (and my hair in non sewing blog real life poses).
I also added the red and white trim to the sleeve edgess.
Aren’t those French darts lovely? They attracted me to this pattern in the first place!
This has now turned into a very comfortable shift dress, perfect for long lunches and overly calorific cakes. See the previous post.
And who doesn’t love a polka dot?