I totally fell in love with this viscose knit from Designer Fabrics Australia.
I think she might be evil. I like almost everything she posts. I show remarkable restraint be not buying the lot. Remarkable, I tell you!
The fabric is just as delightful as I imagined. And as described on the site, it’s a lightweight opaque knit with moderate width-wise stretch and virtually no length-wise stretch.
To me it felt and behaved almost like a stretch woven, not fabulous recovery but with a lovely soft handle. So I looked through my extensive pattern stash for dresses suitable for stretch wovens. And decided to make a pattern I’ve made before: BurdaStyle 10/2012 #118.
One of my all-time favourite work dresses is made from this pattern. Those other 37 patterns will just have to stay on the to-do list.
I wanted to avoid the nanna look I’ve successfully achieved with small florals in the past. I was hoping that this pattern’s relatively simple but modern shape would keep me away from frumpsville. The soft lightweight knit could give me a more drapey cowl, but I was hoping it wouldn’t cause any disasters. The recommended fabrics for this pattern and its associated tops were all ones ‘with some body’. My red edelweiss delight definitely does not have much body. Disaster was a distinct possibility.
Oh well, I said as I cut into the fabric, I can always turn it into a top. A top with a long zip in the back?? Not the best back up plan.
Despite my neutral expression above, I think disaster was averted. Modification into a top is not on the cards!
I like this dress with several of my jackets too. (Not sure why the jacket doesn’t look straight. I really am the world’s worst model!)
Of course, any excuse to wear those pink shoes is a good one!
Pattern: BurdaStyle 10/2012 #118.
Size: 34-42, I made a 42 with a 15 mm swayback adjustment, same as last time
Changes I made:
Burda has the front cut with the skirt part on the bias and the cowl almost on grain. I did it opposite: skirt on grain and cowl on the bias.
I shortened the sleeves.
I made this almost exactly the way I would make any woven dress: interfacing in the neck facing, zip in centre back and straight stitching for all the construction. The only ‘knit’ technique I used was a double needle for the skirt and sleeve hems.
My teenage fashion critic likes the dress but agreed with me that it enhances my rounded belly and flattens my bust. Frankness. It’s a wonderful attribute.
It’s a very comfortable dress to wear, even if this silhouette is not the most flattering. And this dress also works with my fun but crazy high red patent wedges. I love new clothes that play so well with the longer-term residents in my wardrobe!
All the best wishes for the Holidays and the New Year to all my readers. Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my blog this year. You are a wonderful lot of people!