Happy new year!
I’ve enjoyed the summaries and reflections from other bloggers but have left it too late to make a serious post about my sewing year. Expect to say (see I can’t help myself!):
- Almost 40 garments sewn, and only two complete wadders (I think I have been playing it safe)
- More fabric sewn than purchased (just as well, I was running out of room for storage)
- I still love BurdaStyle (but I have bought some Vogues, Collette’s Macaron, some of Paco Peralta’s designs and some Style Arc patterns)
- The sewing blogging world is marvelous. Thank you, thank you, thank you for letting me be a small part of it.
So, on to the last project from 2013:
Pattern: BurdaStyle 02-2011-141
Size: 44-52; I made a 44 with no adjustments. I usually make a 42 in Burda grading out to a 44 at the hips but I wanted a dress with more ease than normal. I did the same, sizing-wise, last time I made this dress.
Fabric: Cotton woven, a sort of discontinuous brocade: the blue threads all end at the edges of the butterflies: they don’t extend all the way across the fabric. I’ve made a dress for Felicity out of this fabric.
I reinforced the neck and armscyes with strips of light weight iron-on interfacing and then faced with silk habatoi.
Changes I made:
I made the dress 5 cm shorter than Burda drafted it.
I didn’t add the band around the neck and I made the slit a little wider than Burda suggested, angling down to the point right at the very end
The slit is perhaps too soft and floppy. Not an interfaced facing and using very soft silk as the facing will do that to you! Beautiful on the skin though.
I am toying with adding eyelets and some blue cord. Since I’ve already worn it three times, I can’t be very serious about this idea…
I drafted an integrated neck and armscye facing, rather than using the separate pieces Burda suggested. I find the separate armscye facing on my first version of this dress tend to flip out. An integrated piece seems to stop this (I know, I know, so would hand sewing the facings down, but I didn’t want to handsew)
There are lots of good tutorials out there on drafting these facings, but one blog post that shows what I did (and has lots of info on other neckline variations too) is ikatbags.
This is a very comfortable dress. There is a little shaping though the back, but it is still delightfully loose through the waist.
The perfect hot summer day dress. Loose, light and made up in cool refreshing colours.