|Pattern Description: Sleeveless waterfall front knee-length knit dress.|
Pattern Sizing: Burda sizes 36-44. I used a size 38 at the neckline, graded out to a size 40 at the bust, and a size 44 at the hips. I found that the back neck gaped a little bit more than I wanted (the neck is super wide because of the use of facings and no other closures) so I think I probably should have used a 36 on the back neck, but otherwise the fit was great.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Sort of. I did the front gather wrong, I think, because I had mine sewn into the facing, but apparently I was supposed to have it go over the front facing at the end? By that point I wasn't interested in unpicking stitches so I just left it. The rest of the instructions weren't too bad for Burda, though I did have to read the instructions for the front gather a few times just to make sure I was doing it (mostly) right.
Did it look like the photo/drawing when you were done with it? Yes, I think so. I even used a wild print like Burda did.
What did you particularly like/dislike about this pattern? Likes: I love how the pattern comes in at the side, and I like the gathering at the bust because I think those elements are very flattering. Dislikes: I never really like to have facings in a knit, but I think they are important here because the front drape is so heavy. I also don't like how the front drape poofs out (not flattering from the side view) but the use of a belt helps to control this a bit.
Fabric used: A remnant ITY knit print I found at the Michael Levine Loft in Los Angeles. The fabric only cost me a few dollars, so this dress was really inexpensive to make. Unfortunately, since this was from a remnant piece, I couldn't position the pattern exactly how I wanted (there was only one way for me to fit the pattern on the fabric and have enough for the dress), but I am still pretty happy with the way it turned out. The print is really wild compared to things I usually wear, so this is a bit of a departure for me style-wise. As has been mentioned on the other reviews, I recommend really lightweight knit fabrics (ITY weight is perfect) because the front drape is really heavy and might pull too much if you use a thicker knit fabric).
Pattern alterations or design changes you made: None. As noted, next time I would probably go down a size on the back of the neck (I think the opening is drafted extra wide because with the facings, the opening doesn't really stretch at all), but otherwise the dress was great.
Would you sew this again? Would you recommend it to others? I don't know if I would sew it again, only because it is so unique a style, and I have a lot of patterns I want to try. I think I would recommend it to others, since it is a fairly cute dress, but I think it helps to wear it with a belt.
Conclusion: I like this dress. It was a quick, easy make and I think the results are pretty cute. Not one of my favorites of all time, but I am pleased with the results and I think it was a good use of my Loft fabric. All in all I am happy with the results and I expect this dress to get some good wear in the future.
You can see more pictures on my blog.