|Pattern Description: |
A halter-top sundress with ruffle details.
Burda half sizes 17 - 21
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were pretty good on this one. I did make some changes that made it a bit more involved, but the basic instructions for a fully-lined sundress were OK. At least they were understandable without six readings!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
My DD1 chose the dress for fabric she chose last summer that never got sewn up into anything. She liked the simplicity of the dress.
Embroidered linen, underlined with cotton voile, handkerchief linen and poly-cotton broadcloth
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made a few changes. Simple ones first.
1. I shortened the skirt slightly and left off the 3-inch-wide ruffle at the bottom.
2. I did not fully line the bodice pieces, which extend into the long ties as per the instructions. Instead, I pattern fit and marked where the shoulders would be and lined only to the shoulders, turning under the seam allowance and making a narrow hem on the ties. I didn't want to see the underlining on the ties, since the linen is so pretty.
3. I added bra cups.
4. I raised the CF neckline by about 2 inches for modesty's sake. I initially raised it by about 5 inches and it was hilarious when she tried it on because the neckline was literally at the base of her neck! Ha ha!
5. I did a lapped zipper insertion instead of Burda's invisible zip. I've had too many invisible zips snap recently and I didn't want that to happen on this dress.
6. In order to keep the dress fitting snugly and to accommodate DD1's comfort level, I added 10 rows of 1/4" elastic, each 1.5 cm (5/8") wide across the back of the bodice and midriff. It keeps the dress hugged up snugly and she's happy with it. You can see a close up here. It's pulling at the top of the zip as I write this, so I will add a hook and eye to keep it from gaping. There was about 2 inches of extra width across the back, so it would have needed to be adjusted anyways. I opted for the elastic, hoping it will grow with her over the next couple of summers without the need for alterations. I think, anyways, if the back is not shirred or made snug somehow, that the midriff should be boned on this dress. This is something that Burda doesn't suggest, but if I was making it for me, I'd add that extra support in.
7. I made narrow bias strips - about 1.5 cm - and gathered them down the centre for the bodice. Burda suggested a narrow lace, but lace is not DD1's thing, and she liked the small ruffles better. I didn't want to do narrow hems on the linen - it is a medium-weight and the hems would be bulky - so I thought cutting them on the bias would keep them from fraying endlessly. And bias ruffles a little more gently than straight grain does, if you understand my meaning. You can see a close up here
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
It's a great little sundress. I thought I would need to do a small FBA, but the bodice is cut very modestly, regardless of the ill-fitting sample the model wears in the magazine. I don't understand how it looks like she's falling out of it anyways, except that it's a petite pattern, and the model probably isn't petite.
And I really love the skirt pattern on this dress. It's cut on the fold of the bias, with the straight grain at the CB, and it hangs beautifully.
A lovely little pattern that results in a very pretty sundress. You can see more pics on my blog