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|BurdaStyle Magazine: 05-2013-134 (Retro Sheath Dress) - Type:Dresses |
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|Pattern Description: A deep V-neckline in front and back, waist emphasis, and the little bow at the front. The pattern is unlined. |
Pattern Sizing: 36-44. I cur my standard 42 grading to a 44 in front for the hip and about a 46 in back for my bum.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Very much, with a few intentional changes I made.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions are clear and easy to follow. A beginner may have issues as the directions don't give loads of detail on how to do each step. Any intermediate seamstress will have no problems with them, that is if you even need to directions. I loosely followed them as I deviated from the original pattern some.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I made this dress for a sewing competition (see more details here) Seven semastresses were asked to make a Little Black Dress (LBD) for their perfect night out-- we also had to make up a story about the night out-- the dress should tell the story. You can vote here for your favorite dress from Oct 8, 2013-0ct 9, 2013.
**My LBD Story-- I'll be wearing my Little Black Dress on a perfect weekend away in New York City with my amazing husband. With two nights on the town I needed two dresses! We'll have minimal space in our bag we'll take on the train into the city... so I simply made a fully reversible LBD! One side is my version of the classic LBD, a feminine and form-fitting 1960s sheath dress that dips low in back-- perfect for dinner and drinks out, then off to the Whitney Museum's Biennial. On night two (after a day of fabric shopping in the Garment District, off course) I'll flip the dress over to the sassy and bold print for a night that starts with a spicy feast at an Indian restaurant and then off to a jazz club for some fantastic live music and drinks.**
Why I chose this dress and like it: It's a classic style and cut. The skirt has a slight a-line so it's a very flattering cut for me with a full rear-- it hits the widest part of me and continues in the a-line just slightly. It still give s a pretty and form fitting look. The princess seams and darts allowed me fit the dress easier. The deep v-neck in back is great! And this dress is totally regular bra friendly... I was wearing one of my everyday bras under it to photograph it and there wasn't a single problem with it showing.
Dislikes? Like most commercial patterns there is no lining. This dress should really have one as it's a close fit. No matter, I made chose to make this dress reversible so I made two complete dresses.
Fabric Used: The LBD side: a stretch poly satin, a delicate black lace for the bodice, underlined in the bodice with a cotton muslin-like material (content unknown). The bold printed side: a silky poly charmeuse.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
-I made a muslin knowing I had to make a swayback adjustment. I removed a fish eye-like dart from the back waist about 1.5" (3.8 cm) in the widest part in the center. It extended from one side of my waist to the other side of my waist (I forgot to photograph it!).
-I also had to alter the angle of the shoulder seams because it was gapping on the back v-neck. I made the seams more straight then at a severe angle
-I excluded the facings and made an entire second dress for the reverse side (the fun printed side)
-I hand sewed the hem for a blind hem
-I sewed a classic lapped zipper for the black side
-I have the zipper exposed on the printed side of the dress for an on trend look and interesting design element
-I put a lace overlay on the bodice
-I didn't put those decorative bias ribbons along the lower edge of the bodice and back like the pattern recommends.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I do recommend this pattern. It's available for download here. It's such a lovely classic that's open to interpretation. The magazine shows the model with a summery, demure, light floral fabric on this dress... so different then mine. I will keep this pattern ready for any future use, not sure for what yet, because of the classic design.
Conclusion: I really like my LBD! I've never owned one before so I'm so excited to have it in my closet. I'm twice as excited that it's reversible with the saucy, bold printed side. See more on my blog Kathy Sews.
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