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|BurdaStyle Magazine: 12-2012-144 - Type:Dresses |
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|Fabric:||Microsuede [See other projects in this fabric]|
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I don't know what the heck I'm doing.
From Burda's site:
Here comes a lively variation on the little black number, with a deep sweetheart neckline and gathering in the side seam. The cut makes for a dream figure since it delicately hides problem areas.
Hey look, a gorgeous dress for my husband's work party!
44-52. I made the 52.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I think so.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
No. The forums and PR members were helpful. But I think to someone used to Burda, they wouldn't be hard.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the gathering on one side. I like how the dress looked really fitted but made me feel really good. (I usually don't like really fitted clothes.)
Making the sweetheart neckline was cool. I liked how it looks and how it was put together.
Also, the dress *seems* really sexy and low cut, but it totally covered my bra, I was never afraid of falling out of it. I also like the interesting hemline.
I can see some things that need work in my sewing, but overall I am really happy with it.
The dress twists when it's on a little bit--so does the muslin. That makes me think that the outermost fabric being cut on the bias is making it pull? Is that possible? I just gave it a firm yank to the side when I used the restroom and it wasn't a big deal.
I used brown micosuede I bought at Joann's 100 years ago. I didn't have enough to do full sleeves (hence the "I am having an identity crisis between bracelet length and 3/4 length" sleeves) or the facings. I shortened the sleeves and used olive green fabric to do the facings.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- Used pivot and slide to add 3/4" to the bust (front and back) and 1" to the hem to account for my hips.
- Sewed the sleeves up with an extra 1/8" in the seams.
- Moved the back darts in and up, using my bodice from a pattern drafting class as a guide.
- Overlapped the neckline where I was getting gaping at the breast, which widened the dart.
- Made curved bust darts.
- Used a contrasting fabric for facings (which looked neat right around the neck--because of the way the collar is constructed, you can see the facing from the right angle).
- Used olive green single-fold bias tape to hem it since I know from experience this fabric is a pain to fold over and hem.
- Shortened the sleeves because I was short on fabric.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I don't know if I would sew it again since I don't have many occasions to wear a dress like this.
However, I do think this dress would be cute done up for the summer with tulip sleeves--the sleeves would mimic the hemline and I think that might look neat. I have some red cotton-rayon blend fabric in the stash. Hmmmmm....
I love this dress. I know there are some things I could do better, but I feel super sexy in this.
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