|BurdaStyle Magazine: 05-2010-138 (Empire Waist Dress) - Type:Dresses |
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|Pattern Rating:||Easy & Great for Beginners |
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|Fabric:||Cotton Batiste [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Empire Waist Dress with ruched bust and princess seamed skirt|
Pattern Sizing: 44-52. I cut a 44 but altered in down pretty drastically.
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? Ehh. BurdaStyle pattern directions are always fairly minimal. But it was such a basic dress that I didn't need hand holding anyhow. This could be good for beginners who understand how to put a very basic dress together already.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the deep v-neck line and the princess seams on the skirt. I hadn't sewn a Burda pattern of any sort in sometime. I've lost a significant amount of weight since then and wanted a simple garment to help me figure out what general size I am with them. So I chose this one in particular since it was in an issue I already owned and because of the easy to alter seams.
Fabric Used: Cotton batiste... the most wrinkle-prone fabric ever.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I cut a straight 44 thinking it would be close to what I need but I had to take it in quite a bit. I went in about 5 plus inches in the hip, 2" from the bust and hemmed it up about 5" because it hit the worst spot on my leg.
I also put a couple darts on the back neckline- this is pretty normal for me because of the way my figure curves there.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I likely will not sew it again. I made this purely as a muslin, but really it's a wearable muslin since it turned out half ok after some altering. I do recommend it to folks who would be able to wear size 44 and up. It's a sweet dress that reminds me of Colette's Oolong.
Conclusion: I'm glad I made this wearable muslin. Every pattern company fits differently and this was a good exercise in working with Burda again. I see I need to work with about a size 40 depending on the design. I just renewed my subscription and wanted to give an old pattern from them a go before my new ones arrive.
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