Hot rocks dragon skin dress: Burdastyle 12/2014 #112

This lovely pink and orange number was sewn for a church event on Mother’s Day. My dear friend M and I were Marvelous Mothers and sewed for our daughters as well as ourselves.

The daughters: S in Vogue 8758 (OOP), H in BurdaStyle 12/2014 #127B and Felicity in #112 from the same issue – they’re BurdaStyle December issue twins!

H’s and S’s dresses belong on NonSuch. Just making a guest appearance here on He Cooks…She Sews.

Technical Details

Pattern: BurdaStyle 12/2014 #112

Size: 36-44, I made a 40 with a FBA and shortened the skirt length by 5 cm. No other adjustments needed – the fit was good.

Fabric: A delightful polyester brocade from Catwalk Fabrics– a local, small but well curated high end fabric shop.

I used a stretch black microsuede from the stash for the inserts.

The pattern has lovely details, like these triangular shoulder pieces.

The sleeves are cut on the bias, which adds extra give through the shoulders and allows a narrow sleeve silhouette to still be comfortable to wear.

I didn’t add zips to the sleeve hems, as designed by Burda, because a dress made from this fabric didn’t seem to need this extra detail, but it’s a nice idea.

I did keep the triangular insert on the back even though this means there is a side zip. I umm-ed and ahh-ed about inserting a back zip though the triangular insert (look at that lovely centre back seam just begging for a zip!) but decided to leave this style detail just as Burda intended it to be.

The back neck insert balances with the godet at the hem.

Here they are together, with bonus photo bombing by H…

My stint of selfless sewing was done with this dress. It’s been all about me since, and could well stay that way! Well, at least until a new dress is needed for Grannie’s wedding in August…

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18 Responses to Hot rocks dragon skin dress: Burdastyle 12/2014 #112

  1. Jann says:

    As I said the other day, it looks gorgeous on you!

  2. sewbussted says:

    Very pretty and the fit is just so spot on!

  3. Tia Dia says:

    What amazing fabric. I love the pattern and all the details, and it fits so well! Very, very nice dress.

  4. Nonsuch says:

    perfect fabric match for the dress and for Felicity – just love the shoulder triangles!

  5. Philo says:

    WOW that is a really fabulous dress and what a fabric! I think I’ll have a try on this pattern, especially I like the length and the fact that I could work with contrasting fabrics. Bye Philo

  6. Beautiful dress with very interesting details. Love the fabric too. Great work!

  7. thornberry says:

    The girls all look fab but you have absolutely nailed the fit for Felicity! What a fantastic frock.

  8. Gail says:

    Your dress is stunningly beautiful.

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