|BurdaStyle Magazine: 05-2012-141 (Dress) - Type:Dresses |
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|Pattern Size:||Plus-Sized |
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|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
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|Fabric:||Cotton Batiste [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: |
Sleeveless dress with surplice bodice.
44-52 (plus sizes)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, except for my fabric choice.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were very simple to follow and well written. Or am I just becoming accustomed to Burda's cryptic style? In any case, I didn't have any trouble reading the pattern or following the directions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The bodice! I love V-necks. Love surplice bodices and just generally loved everything about this dress.
I am on the border of regular and plus sizes in Burda's world, and this was an experiment on sizing for me.
Cotton voile and rayon bemberg lining.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I self-lined the L bodice and drafted facings for the lining to get that nice finish on the inside.
I cut a straight size according to my full bust measurement. I wanted to see how Burda's plus sizing stacked up to my usual FBA requirements. I gave myself 2" seam allowances on the side seams and armscyes to give me adjustment room if required.
As it turned out, I had to ease in a good 3 inches along the neckline to get a snug fit, and trim the seam allowance down the RIGHT SIDE SEAM only. Weird, but true. A drafting issue? I don't know.
In any case, I learned that I am far better off going with my upper chest measurement and doing a proper FBA for good fit. The nice thing about Burda patterns is you can leave off the seam allowances if you want, or add if you need to for that truly custom fit, and this is doubly true if you're right on the edge of either regular or plus sizes. More options to choose from!
You can see more pics and read more details on my blog.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I probably will sew this up again. I really really like the shape and design of this dress.
Pretty and chic. I wonder how many of these I could put in my closet before people started noticing it was the same design.....