|Pattern Description: |
Women’s dress, fitted, back zipper, waist seam and slanted darts on front and back. Sewn-on petersham ribbon over the darts and waist seam to give the dress some edge.
Sizes 34 - 44, I made my usual size 40.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
No, but I made several key alterations because I was trying to copy a Christopher Kane dress to enter in the RTW Contest.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The dress is so simple that I didn't bother to look at the instructions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the slanted darts, I think they are a nice detail. Burda's idea of applying petersham ribbon over the darts and waist seam is nice, although I didn't use them this time because I was trying to copy the Christopher Kane dress instead.
A polyester crepe with a heavy hand. I chose polyester because I had read that the pleats set in better on a fabric that will "melt" with a high iron temperature, such as polyester.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made many design changes in order to copy the Christopher Kane dress that I had in mind. First, I eliminated the neck facings since I made it fully lined in self fabric. I then added a diagonal pleat to the front bodice running from one shoulder to the opposite waist dart. I also replaced the front skirt piece with a pleated panel. I then used the front skirt piece to draft a diagonal skirt overlay at front. And finally, I added a waistband.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I do love the simplicity of the original Burda design and the subtle detail of the slanted darts, so yes, now that I have traced it out I will definitely want to make it as Burda intended it, with the petersham ribbon too!
An easy and simple yet stylish dress, fits in everyone's closet.