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Dice Hayek designer peplum dress. Ive made this twice but converted into a vest instead of the full dress. I'm a big fan of structured clothing like hers and other star designers like McQ!
I was really surprised no other reviews of this model had been done from this magazine! Lots of good stuff in this issue - pick one up if you can find it!
38-42. I sized up to 44. I'm a US 12/14, uk 14/16
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I'm extremely fluent in German, but not enough to decipher already cryptic Burda instructions. :-O
I basically stared at the pieces and developed my own way of putting it together.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I was drawn to this pattern because of the structured peplum. It is so easy to get that look too, I love it!
The hard part was figuring out the way the pleats on the skirts went together. The instructions were no help. There is a basic box pleat for front and back. However, an additional "pleat fold" is drawn on the pattern piece, which comes to a point (kind of like with a dart), but the instructions didn't say what to do with that. Basically, you fold the fabric along the pleat fold and then pull this over the top of the box pleats at a 45 degree. This gives the peplum its structure and makes it stand out. Once you play with moving the pleat fold around, you'll know you've got it right when the raw edges at the top of the pleats all line up in a straight line. Sounds complicated, but it's not, just play around a bit and you'll see it.
Version 1: Taffeta
Version 2: Heavy weight cotton jacquard
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- short-shoulder, sway back, small bust adjustments.
- Converted to front closure instead of zipper back so it's more vest like and easier to put on. In the red version, I used black loop trim over small buttons.
- On version 2, I played with the shape of the front to be an almost sweetheart curve so it can be worn as a top. On version 1, I left it open, more as a true vest.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I've made it twice, but I still might make a less formal version of the full dress.
There is no hard sewing with this dress. Go slow and anyone can do this. A designer look with little effort, what could be better