I’ve had my eye on this dress since reviews of this issue started appearing in Northern Hemisphere blogs. Unfortunately Burda arrives in New Zealand a few months late, and I wasn’t about to buy the pattern on line, when I knew I’d be buying the magazine when it finally arrived here. So I waited patiently and sure enough, just before Christmas, Burda arrived.
Of course I didn’t have time to sew it up until after Christmas, but once everyone had gone back to work I re-engaged with my ongoing project to create an awesome working wardrobe. I figured that this would be a practical, comfortable dress with a little something extra to it.
Nothing went smoothly with this dress. The fabric I had intended to use wasn’t as wide as I thought (It was from my $1 stash) so I messed around with the pattern pieces and came up with an alternative layout using more of the secondary colour. In doing so I created a princess seam in the front and back bodice pieces, whereas Burda had drafted them as single pieces with darts. I also decided against putting a back zip as the fabric has a lot of stretch and I figured that I would be able to pull it on and off without one, (I also have never managed to put a zip into a Lycra based fabric without lumps).
Once I’d put together the top half of the dress I actually read Burda’s instructions for folding the skirt portion of the dress. Now, when I first started buying Burda Magazines I could only get them in German, so I learnt to sew using the numbers, rather than the instructions. When the magazine started coming out in English I quickly realised that the instructions were not going to help much, and so carried on sewing by numbers (I explained how the numbers work in this post) For this skirt I couldn’t work out how it all folded together. I read and re-read the instructions, and folded and re-folded the fabric until eventually it looked like the photo. I suspect that I folded it so many different ways, I was eventually going to stumble upon the right way. I certainly didn’t get there with the help of the instruction!
Initially I was rather disappointed in this dress…
I’m not sure what I was expecting, but the skirt is very tulip in shape. The way the model is standing in the magazine sort of hides the tulip, and I wouldn’t have been so attracted to this dress if I had realised what shape the skirt was.
I also checked and realised that the model was wearing a belt, which definitely improved things.
I’m still not sure about the dress, but I’ll leave it in the wardrobe for the time being. If I decide it doesn’t work I’ll chop off the skirt, because I do like the top.
In case anyone out there feels the urge to have a go at this dress, this is how the folding goes:
|which is then folded back|
|repeat the first fold on the other side|
|Pick up the corner to...|
|Fold it back on itself and hey presto!|
I’d love to know if anyone else has tackled this dress and how it came out.