Friday, May 27, 2011
90 Minute Dress
So of course they ran out of the fabric. Who bought 20+ yards of that black and white stripe?
There went Plan B. On to Plan C. I'll let you know when I think of a Plan C.
So instead, I came home and made a quickie dress from Burda 6/11 #107. Full review is here.
Pattern Description: From the magazine: Simple lines for big impact. The clean cut of this dress features dropped shoulders and a seductive neckline. No zipper is needed, thanks to the casual A-line shape.
What they forget to mention: in-seam side pockets, lined and unlined versions, neck facings included for unlined version.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, the shape is very similar, though I think for a combination of Burda and V-neck, this actually doesn't fit their "seductive" description. It's a V. It's not plunging, I can't see my bra, I certainly can't see my navel - they've done lower.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I read them after the fact, and they're pretty clear - for Burda - though they seem a little overcomplicated for the lined version of the dress.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? No dislikes at all.
I wasn't impressed with the June issue of Burda, which is of course why I've made 2 patterns from it before the end of May. There were a lot of simple shapes, which I criticized, and of which I have made 2.
Fabric Used: Olive green eyelet from Metro Textiles in NY (age approximately 2 years); turquoise cotton lining from Paron's in NY (age approximately 1 month).
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I left off the pockets. In seam pockets are not my friend - they tend to make me look a little thicker in an area no one needs to look thicker. I underlined my eyelet with the turquoise cotton and cut them as one. Rather than deal with binding off the neckline, I decided to just cut the facings anyway and treat the dress as unlined. It was just easier since I assumed this was a wearable muslin.
It's actually just a wearable dress. Always a nice surprise.
These fabrics are of a heavier weight than the Liberty I intend for future iterations of this dress, so I may use wider seam allowances next time.
Interestingly, though Burda mentions in the description that this is an A-line dress, they pose the model in the PHOTO so that the fullness in the skirt isn't evident. I might taper it in just a smidge next time, depending on how I like the flare in a lighter cotton.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I'll be sewing this one again. Much as I love more complex patterns, sometimes simple IS better. My rectangle shape responds well to A-line and shift dresses and it's a quick, nicely fitted pattern. I'd recommend it, both for beginners who want to tackle Burda, and for more experienced sewists who need a quickie project with a good result.
Conclusion: Start to finish - tracing to pressing - this dress took me 90 minutes. It's not rocket science, but it is a cute dress.