|Burda: 7207 (beach dress) - Type:Dresses |
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|Reviewed by:||valerie sews|
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|Fabric:||Viscose Jersey [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Close fitting beach dress - basically a hemmed square with straps, view B has a big circular frill.|
Pattern Sizing:6 -18 (Burda size 32 - 44) Size used should be high bust plus overlap for wovens, high bust plus overlap minus about 2" of ease for knits. They don't tell you this. See my notes about it below.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow?Yes the instructions are good, but I found the armhole straps - which are fabric tubes with elastic through them - worked better when sewn on sideways rather than up and down.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?My daughter had seen something similar on the internet and asked me to make one. That is when I remembered that I had seen a pattern just like that somewhere - this Burda one - and bought it at a Spotlight sale.
I bought the pattern for the dimensions more than anything, then found out, like other reviewers here, that IT RUNS SMALL. As far as I can figure out they allow for 2" NEGATIVE EASE. Which is OK if you want a snug fitting wrap from a stretch fabric which is luckily how I've ended up with a wrap for me because my daughter wanted a slightly looser fit.
To get the fit right for my daughter I measured her from the front of the shoulder bone, over one bust, around the back at roughly bra strap level and then crossing up over the front over the other bust to just before the other shoulder bone. This would be the minimum requirement for a woven fabric before adding seam allowances. I added seam allowances even for a knit as my daughter wanted to dress to drape a bit lower in the back.
Just a note on the armhole straps. They too are designed to be snug. Make sure you measure the depth of your armhole, that is, the distance from the point of your shoulder to your armpit. That is where to position the bottom of the strap. Also allow for a bit more elastic than they say, so you can adjust the fit before sewing the bottom end in place.
Fabric Used:I used some jersey viscose that my daughter remembered was in my stash.
The very curious thing about the fabric recommendation on the envelope is that they recommend jersey or crepe. Unless you have a narrow back a woven could end up too tight.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I'm not sure. I bought the pattern for the dimensions/ease then had to fix those before it would work.
Conclusion: An interesting idea in spite of everything. More pics on my blog.
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