This dress was constructed at a beach house in Marion Bay, South Australia.
The beach house had all the essentials: Burda magazines, fabric, sewing machine, a table, good light. Oh, and a fully equipped kitchen.
The esky was just the right size for transporting my sewing machine.
There was some disappointment expressed when those cool drinks in the esky didn’t materialize, but my machine was nicely protected on the trip there!
So why was I sewing at a beach house?
Felicity and a few of her friends were on a three day hike in Innes National Park.
Two of the Dads accompanied them. I got to stay in the beach house with one of the other Mums to provide before and after hiking support.
And to sew!
Pattern: BurdaStyle 03/2013 #110. This is a simple pattern with the style lines highlighted with petersham ribbon
Size: 34 to 44, I made a 40 with a 2.5 cm FBA.
This added a horizontal dart, but it’s not so noticeable with the busy print (and I didn’t highlight it with ribbon like the other darts)
I added an extra 1 cm to the neck all the way round. It was very wide before. Now bra straps are covered and the scoop is still flattering.
Japanese textured cotton from Tessuti Fabrics. I’ve seen this same print in Spotlight since, but as a heavy twill. This is not heavy, and the texture is delightful!
I did a terrible job cutting out the back pieces. So close and yet so far! Why didn’t I check ?!
The pattern includes a back and front neck facing. I didn’t use the facing. Instead, I cut out iron on interfacing with the facing pattern pieces and ironed them onto the neck,
then used bias tape to finish the neck edge.
The stitching lines are covered by the petersham ribbon and the neck is nicely stabilized.
This was my first time shaping petersham ribbon. I love the way you can iron it into a curve! Awesome!
Yellow. It makes a happy dress, happy daughter, happy mum. The sewcation helped too..