Empire waisted dress with fitted bodice, square deep neckline and puffy sleeves. The skirt has darts at the back and at the front there are two box pleats. A band joins the bodice and the skirt. The technical drawing of the dress is here.
I used the Danielle pattern only for the skirt of this dress. For the bust I used model 104 from burda issue 12-2008 (another fabulous pattern)
Pattern Sizing: 34-44, I made 36 and it was ok
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Not at all! I had changed half of the dress
Were the instructions easy to follow? The dress is very simple so I didn't read them
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
As I mentioned I used only the skirt of the dress. What I love about this skirt is that although it is empire waisted and loose at the front it doesn't create a pregnancy look. This is because the front skirt doesn't have the same width all over: the upper part is wider than the hem. What I disliked is that the pattern includes seam allowances.
Fabric Used: For the bodice I used jersey. For the skirt I used a thin, not shiny lycra very easy to handle during construction.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1. I combined the bust of model 104 from burda issue 12-2008 with the band and the skirt of the Danielle dress. The mix of the two patterns was ok without any alteration.
2. I added wide straps gathered at the connection points and also decorated with little bows made of black lace.
3. I made a decorative flower – it consists of circles of fabric melted at the edges with a candle. The flounces are made from circles cut continuously to make a spiral shape.
4.I didn't put a zipper
5. I cut the back on the fold. To do this of course I removed the seam allowances at the middle
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes I would like to make this pattern compination again and also recommend it to others.
Conclusion: I love both patterns I used and I love their matching.