|Pattern Description: essentially a v-neck sleeveless knit dress finished with facings and with vertical gathers at CF under a front drape |
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?They were not bad. Like one of the other reviewers, I referred to the tutorial on the SMF Designs and Friends blog because it was simpler to see visually how the CF and drape came together than trying to decode Burda's directions.
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I went back and looked at Burda's directions after I did this, and they are adequate for the task.
I will say this about the drape:
The CF is significantly longer than the rest of the dress; at first I thought this was a fitting issue, but I realized that it's because the drape will be folded to the inside. A dress form is the perfect tool for doing this, but I do not have one. Instead, I tried on the dress with the drape unstitched, and stood by a mirror folding the drape over the CF of the dress and towards the inside until the hem was level at CF. Then I pinned it in place as best as I could and made tiny invisible stitches between the drape and onto the facing to tack it into place.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?The drape is such a fun element, and the CF gathers are very flattering.
I know others have not liked the facings, but I like the clean finish they provide for the armholes. I hate fussing with bindings on sleeveless garments and facings are a little quicker to sew. Once I pressed well and tacked the sides down by stitching vertically in the ditch at the side seams, there was no danger of the facings going anywhere.
Also, this pattern has some really nice shaping at the side seams. I feel like a lot of patterns (okay, big 4) with this sort of front fluff end up being sort of baggy and shapeless elsewhere, making for a kind of matronly effect. That is not the case here. In fact, if you wanted to, you could fold out the drape entirely because the bust gathers are really a pretty detail and almost a shame to conceal under the drape.
Fabric Used:poly/rayon/lycra jersey from the deep corners of my stash. I bought it at the now defunct (I think--correct me if I'm wrong) Textile-o-Phile in CO Springs 5 years ago.
You'll want to use a fabric that has enough flow but not too much bulk or weight. My fabric was definitely on the edge. It's a bit like an ITY, with added rayon for a nice smooth hand, but it also has more spandex than a regular ITY, which adds weight. I really had to tack down the drape on the inside pretty heavily into the facing. If it wasn't fitted, I'm afraid that it'd be rolling outwards. I think a regular ITY or a quality rayon jersey would be a great choice for this design.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:Comparing it to my TNT t-shirt pattern, the armscye seemed a little too low, so I folded out a 1/2"....not a good plan people. The armscye is just fine as is, and while it's not dreadful to wear, I could use that extra inch for comfort.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I'd love this dress in a solid color (like any of the rayon11 oz jerseys EmmaOneSock carries). It was a fun sew and came together from start to finish (minus the hand tacking which took some time only because I do not have a dress form) in about 2 hours.
Conclusion: A great throw it on with a necklace and be done sort of dress...perfect for the last of the summer wine. More on my blog.
~E Made This