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|BurdaStyle Magazine: 10-2012-118 (Dress) - Type:Dresses |
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|Pattern Description: Closely fitting sheath dress for wovens with cowl neck and side gathering detail. The pattern has 3/4 sleeves|
Pattern Sizing:36 to 42
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, allowing for my changes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Reading through the instructions, there were no glaring problems. However, I did not use the instructions very much, as I made this dress mostly following Susan Khaljie's couture dress class at craftsy. I did not lay out the upper bodice on the straight, as I felt the cowl neck would drape better on the bias.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?This is a simple pattern with a few interesting details, perfect for showcasing a special fabric without chopping it up too much. I like the cowl neck and side waist gathering details, and the usual accurate Burda drafting and consistency of fit.
Fabric Used:A rash purchase of reversible silk jacquard from The Fabric Store, Surrey Hills. I bought this about 3 years ago because it was irrestible, even though there was no project in mind. I had a scant 2m and the fabric was narrow, so my cutting out was interesting.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1. I made a FBA by adding side darts to the front with the slash and spread method. This was a little tricky as I lay out the upper front on the bias, for drape (Burda wants it on the straight for this version which makes the skirt front bias instead - weird), and the side front is also gathered, so there was very careful measuring to have the bust points level ;)
2. Square shoulder adjustment
3. Tapered out the side seams at the hips and the centre back seam at the backside
4. Took in the waist darts at the back
5. Made an upright posture adjustment at the upper back
6. Shortened the skirt to my knee length.
1. I cut the cowl facing as a separate piece so that I could have the (very pretty) reverse side of the fabric showing inside the cowl.
2. I added a kick pleat. This dress is rather fitted below the backside .
3. I drafted pseudo cap sleeves - I would have preferred full cap sleeves, but did not have enough fabric.
CONSTRUCTION: The dress is underlined with silk organza, except for the cowl region, where I cut it away due to improve the drape of the cowl.
The back facings are extended.
The sleeve hems are piped with the contrast reverse side
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? This is a very good pattern, and I plan to sew it again in a more casual version. I recommend it.
Conclusion: A well drafted sheath dress with nice details.
More detailed photographs at this post on my blog
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