This was a fabric and pattern plan that could have ended badly.
How weird would the stripes look as they bent around my upper body?
Are gathers at the waist just a flag that says “there’s a pot belly trying to hide here”?
Would my stretch cotton be too robust for the cowl?
Hmm. Looks okay on the hanger. Perhaps I don’t need to be worried.
Of course lots of clever and stylish sewists in blog land had made a great version of this dress (kbenco, Alison.C, Kristy, The Slapdash Sewist, Dawn, LazyLinchen, Sigrid, to name a few). But they were not me, nor do I have their figures. I am a brick and they all have waists.
I don’t know what gathers look like over my abdomen. Unchartered territory!
Aren’t I brave?!
Pattern: BurdaStyle 10-2012-118
Size: 34-42, I made a 42 with a 15 mm swayback adjustment, in other words, the normal for me. This pattern is close fitting (or perhaps it is just the end of winter?!).
I didn’t add more ease because I guessed the fabric might give a little once I wore it.
I can report that it did- I wore it to work today. It’s a very comfortable dress to wear.
Fabric: A medium weight navy and oyster striped stretch cotton
Changes I made:
Burda has the front cut with the skirt part on the bias. I wanted to use my thicker stripes on the hem, so I cut it on-grain. So did lots of the sewing bloggers who went before me with this pattern. Not being bias cut might have added to the close fitting-ness
I shortened the sleeves. I didn’t have enough fabric so there was a bit of piecing to get the thicker stripes on the bottoms of both the sleeves, but it’s on the back near the seam. Not so noticeable, certainly not to me!
Because the fabric is a stretch woven, and because there is no walking slit in the skirt, I used a double needle for the hem.
This is an easy project (no lining! yeah!) and I’m pleased with the results.
I think there is a flag on those waist gathers about my belly, but I really don’t mind.
25 thoughts on “Stripes, asymmetric gathers and a cowl”
What a cute twist on sailor stripes. A great little dress for your upcoming spring.
I think that it looks great! Lovely to see it on a fellow brick, by the way. I really like the way you’ve used the stripes, particularly your placement of the thicker ones. Wear it proudly!
Thanks! I think my new adjective is ‘stout’. That should motivate me to lose some of the winter fluff that’s been enjoying some quality time on my tummy!
What are you talking about? I can see a waist…either the cut is flattering or my eyes deceive me? I think it’s both a lovely and lovely on you 🙂
I think you can see the power of the hand-on-hip pose. But thanks!
Wow, beautiful! It fits you really well, and by looking at these pictures, I think you do have a waist.
What a lovely version of this pattern, it suits you really well. I wanted to make a version with stripes but wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but seeing your fantastic version has convinced me to do it
Congratulations, what a fabulous looking dress! It looks amazing on you and I am so impressed of how you made the stripes work so well. Be very proud!
This is a very pretty dress and suits You very well. You did a great job, really nice. B.r.,
Fabulous dress, it looks very nice on you. The different stripes give a very sophisticated feel.
I love it! You have placed the stripes just perfectly, and you look great in this dress!
Beautiful dress! Perfect length and excellent stripe placement. Well done!
I love this dress! I need to copy it, oops I hope we don’t wear it to the same place.
Go ahead. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…
I really like this in stripes. I made the top version in the spring and it is a really flattering shape, despite the gathers at the waist (or because of them!)
Your dress looks great, I really like the border stripes and it looks very flattering on you. You did the right thing by changing the grain, part of me still thinks Burda got in upside down in error.
I wonder about the bias cut too, particularly as the back is cut on grain, but it does look good in the tweed they used for the photoshoot.
The dress looks great in stripes. Your use of the border stripes is really effective. Making it in a knit is brilliant.
I love the way this dress looks in the striped fabric you used. It looks great on you. Waist gathers can take the attention from a tummy, which I know because I have one, but you definitely do not!
I think the dress looks great on you, and the gathers are actually quite flattering 🙂 Also, I’m a sucker for stripes 🙂
Oh I do so like this dress. The whole thing works so well with the stripes …. You look great.
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