pattern review. Even though the fabric wasn't the greatest quality, I loved the dress and so I babied the fabric along until last summer,when it really started to show its age and became a weekend dress instead of something I could wear to work.
After finishing the VPLL 0191 blouse, I needed a quick knit project to clean my head, and a new version of this dress has been on my to do list for a while. I was looking for another seam ripper (where do they go?) in a drawer and found a nice round buckle and realized that it would be perfect, so that was the inspiration to finally get on it and make this.
I love knits. Even if it's a new pattern, it's quick to work up, and if it's something I've made before, then look out, because it'll be done in a flash.
I cut this out Friday evening, futzed with it before bed, and finished it yesterday afternoon in between gardening and more gardening.
I love the front drape - it definitely conceals a bit around the middle while also being a design feature. You don't often get concealment and "hey, look at me!" all in the same garment.
I made changes from the original pattern, some of which I did the first time around. It's a knit dress, yet Burda wants you to put a zipper in it. Ummm, no. They also included a bodice facing that extended to just above the waist drape. Right. We all love facings in knits, and a facing that's nearly as big as a lining? Umm, no again. For the original dress, I just did a neckline facing, but this time I adjusted the shape of the neck a bit and bound it before sewing the front V. Much neater, and no facing to flip out.
The original dress was also sleeveless, which is fine for a summer dress but my office is really, really cold and even short sleeves help a bit. I used a sleeve from another Burda dress and it worked just fine.
This dress uses a good bit of fabric. None of it is cut on the fold, though the back could be. I just like that it gives a bit of shaping so I left it the way it was drafted. The front is interesting, and also cut twice - there's a short seam from the bottom of the neckline V to the mid-section seam, and a long seam from there to the hem. In the middle is a horizontal seam (hidden behind the drape). The excess bodice fabric is gathered to fit the lower seam, stitched, and then the drape is constructed and basted over top. I think Burda was a bit generous on the drape, because even my first version had to be tweaked so that the drape draped instead of drooped. But what pattern doesn't require a tweak or two?
There's some theater sewing coming up soon - the local group is doing the Tempest in mid-April - but the patterns and fabric that were promised for Friday evening have not thus far appeared. So I'm on my own for a project, and I'm leaning another knit. At least that way if the costumes do show up, I can still knock out something else to wear to work this week..