Do you look at the fashion pictures in BurdaStyle and think unflattering or dowdy or I wore it in the seventies/eighties/nineties why would anyone want to make and wear that again?
I thought all of this, and more, when I saw this pattern (BurdaStyle 08-2013-109)
Flip, over went the page.
But my daughter did none of the above. She thought it would be a great style for a winter church dress.
Buttoned up to the neck I said, a V neck would be more flattering on you. I can undo the buttons she said. My shirt dress has the same style she said. I really like it she said.
How could I resist?
Pattern: BurdaStyle 08-2013-109
Size: 36-44. I made a 40 with a 3 cm FBA (added 6 cm overall to the bust measurement) and some adjustments through the waist and at the armscyes. Looking at the photos, I probably could have taken a bit more in, but the ease makes it comfortable to wear, and the style has the loose look about it..
Well, this one has quite a few.
- Main fashion fabric: stretch cotton woven, from Gay Naffine’s fabric outlet sales last year
- Sleeves: silk chiffon, from deep stash. Bought from one of the fabric stores in Adelaide CBD before they closed or turned into something else (Johnsons Fabrics? does anyone remember back that far?)
- Cuffs and collar: stretch velvet, also from old stash from Gay Naffine about 5 years ago
- Lining: Stretch satin, in silvery grey, bought just days before sewing, from DK Fabrics on Port Road.
Changes I made:
- Shortened by 5 cm. It’s still 1940’s in length.
- Lined the bodice and skirt. This was so worth it – oh it feels lovely said Felicity
- Didn’t add the ribbon armscye detail. I still might. I ran out of time. Instead I overlooked the seams with black thread and ironed the seam back into the sleeve. It gives a similar effect to outline the shoulders.
Oops, that big gather should’ve been straightened out for the photo! And that’s a flesh coloured ‘spencer’ underneath: Felicity’s skin doesn’t have a shoulder seam
The sleeves are very gathered with a very high sleeve cap and the armscyes are a bit cut in, but not so much that a bra strap would show. It’s a nice effect, particularly with sheer sleeves.
- Left the in seam pockets off. This was not intentional, I just forgot.
- Drafted a mandarin collar rather than sewing on a velvet ribbon as Burda instructed. I used Rhonda’s great instructions.
I made the cuffs from the same velvet as the mandarin collar, rather than from chiffon. The velvet is stretch so organza was used as interfacing.
And the best thing (well the second best thing after making a dress that my daughter loves)?
There is enough of the blue stretch cotton left for a skirt for me.
I have this skirt pattern cut out (BurdaStyle 11-2013-123)
Yes. Another pattern that lots of you probably just turned the page on. You were thinking, pleats out from the waist? How unflattering would that be? Why would anyone want to add extra bulk there?
I guess we will see…