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|BurdaStyle Magazine: 05-2009-117 (Little black dress) - Type:Dresses |
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|Posted on:||11/8/11 3:01 PM |
|Last Updated:||12/31/12 8:19 AM|
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|Pattern Rating:||Difficult, but great for Advanced Sewers |
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|Fabric:||Viscose Twill [See other projects in this fabric]|
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(Freely translated from German) It's back to basics for festive occasions with this elegant black dress. The knee length model turns the shiny crepe satin in to a real jewel. Small darts at the waist and upper parts show off the figure. The wrap look at the neckline is truly eye-catching!
36-44, I cut a 40, it fitted without any alterations.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, it was very similar. Although I don't like it when the model is made up in black, it is so hard to see the details, it's even hard with my purple. I like the inset details, but they are hard to see in the photos. As for the technical drawing, it looks the same. Back view
Were the instructions easy to follow?
This was a free pattern from Burdastyle's German website, so you should know that they only come in German. I used Google Translate, but the construction was very tricky, even with that help (which isn't perfect with the sewing terms).
You had to insert the zipper for about 10 cm in the back bodice pieces, then add facing, then assemble the bodice. After that you could assemble the skirt and bodice and fully insert the zipper. It was an unusual, although, necessary construction, but a bit tricky which wasn't helped by the German instructions. I couldn't figure out what they meant, but after assembling it wrong the solution came to me and I knew what to do. It made so much sense once I had it figured out. Bodice construction
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Initial: I liked the shape of the dress and I wanted a sophisticated dress. The shape was very alluring and it seemed like it would flatter me. And it was free!
Finished: Great shape for a more curvaceous body. Not a sufferer of Burda's often too low necklines, it's just perfect! As with all free downloads you have to assembly the pattern yourself, but I think it's worth it. Bodice closeup
Viscose twill. Hard to work with but the result was nice.
Notions: invisible zipper, interfacing, thread
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
No alterations for me.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
The dream was to sew it in a satin, a dark blue satin. I chose the practical way as I don't think I'd get a lot of use out of a satin dress, with this fabric it might get a little more wear. However, if the occasion presents itself I would love to make it in a satin. Still, it is not a dress you can get away with having a many copies of.
I would recommend it to someone with experience, as the construction was tricky. To make this dress look its best, I would mainly suggest it to someone with curves; I think it would be more flattering.
The description is "the perfect little black dress". I agree! Although I wanted to steer away from black and make it an LPD - Little Purple Dress. I love wearing it, I feel like I should be in a bar with a clutch purse waiting for cocktail hour. I'm proud of myself as I managed to figure out the tricky construction.
The pattern also comes in the magazine 04-2010, I don't know the number of the pattern.
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