Thursday, November 27, 2014

Burda Strikes Again!

I never got additional pics of the dress soooooo let's just discuss the particulars, shall we?


"Must-have dresses with integrated kimono sleeves, narrow skirt added to the bodice, fitted to the waist with an elastic casing and charming fan-shaped waist folds. Dress A has striking shoulder seam openings."



I love Burda's descriptions! hahahaha! STRIKING SHOULDER SEAM OPENINGS!!!!!!

I cut a 14 neck/shoulders, 16 bust and waist and 18 hip. I used black ponte that I scored nearly 10 yards of when Fabric Mart had a sale. So I might be doing All Black Everything! (music reference) :)

Construction of this is very straightforward. The are where the bodice and skirt pleats meet is so insanely bulky!!!!! I definitely had to baste and take it slow going over that section.

I chopped 2.5" from the hem, and didn't add the elastic at the waist. I would probably never wear it unbelted. Something went haywire with the neck binding so I ended up turning it to the inside and topstitching - problem solved.

THOSE ARM OPENINGS! That is probably my only gripe with Burda - mag and envelope patterns - they think everyone has super svelte arms!

I loved wearing the dress and think it's a fun LBD to have in my wardrobe!!

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I've been wanting to make my coat but my hand has been kicking my behind and cutting all that heavy fabric is not in the immediate future. Soon. SOON!

I went back and forth and back and forth on whether or not I was going to sew something to wear for Thanksgiving. I knew we weren't going outside (it's 7 degrees F. Seven.) so I was going to make a dress or skirt but I need to get more practical with my sewing so I went with a new shirt!

Even though the mercury is way lower than it should be, it's still fall darn it! I sewed up one of the shirtings I got with my Fabric Mart dollars using Burda 7136. I mean, I just used it, so why futz around with something else?!

The pattern calls for 1 3/4 yard of 44" fabric. Ignoring my plaids (which I had to do), I still had to do acrobatics and cut some pieces on the cross grain!

Sheesh.

I cut the fronts single layer and did it matter? nope. Still off. By like 1/2!!!  But I love the shirt enough that it doesn't bother me.

This fabric is COZY. It's super soft and washed and pressed like.a.dream. Still a few yards available at $4 per. (here)


I did my FIRST ever bicep adjustment! It's a silly fiddly one but - yay! My arms are not constricted by my sleeves. Whoop!

See the off-ness of the plaid? Meh. 

Somehow I managed to have 13 matching buttons in my stash. I have realized though that I'd like slightly smaller buttons for my sleeve but I only had what I had. Because my hands have been hurting I sewed the buttons on by machine, pulling the threads through to the back and tying a knot.


Look at those plackets! ;-) None are backwards - yay!
Last time something wonky happened with my collar and here I feel like it's a little short. Eh. It'll be alright. I did a narrow hem, like usual.

I decided it SHOULD have navy topstitching because? I like blue. The directions have you stitch the front bands down, then just turn that section up at the hem. That is not so clean. I did it so the inside of the band at the hemline is enclosed.


I have room for my arms!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wore it with my V1411 legging-pants today for Thanksgiving. Plenty of room for turkey and stuff.

DD picked out my necklace and loved my cocktail ring.

21 comments:

  1. Unless I missed it, the blouse looks good to me. I thinks we sewists see the flaws that others miss. It looks great on you. Happy Turkey Day!

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  2. Have you looked into electric scissors for cutting out your fabric? I have never used them myself but Brian Sews did a video on them and they looked helpful.

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    1. I have not Kyle but should look into it.

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  3. Nice dress, but I really love that shirt!

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  4. LOVE that fabric and shirt!! Great eye to pick out that fabric online...I feel like the colors could have been a flop from the pictures but they look awesome and very vibrant! Great job! (And no one will notice it being off... especially after turkey!)

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    1. Thanks Carrie!!! I was so excited when I got it that when it went on sale again I almost bought more! :)

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  5. Both pieces are awesome! I am totally in love with your shirt! I love the colors the fit in the style!

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  6. Looks great! I think this plaid is so multi colored that any uneven - ness of the plaid isn't obvious. It certainly is as good as any retail matching I've seen lately. Hope you had a nice holiday.

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  7. I love this fabric. The matching on it is impeccable! Bravo!

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  8. Lady you always seem to amaze and inspire with your creations. I love that shirt and I am dying to make those pants. You look Mahvelous!!! Happy belated Thanksgiving

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    1. Aww, thank you Dorothy! Make the pants!! :) Hope you enjoyed your holiday!

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  9. Love the shirt! I think you did a great job on the shirt. I think the plaid would look boring all matchy-matchy. Congrats on the successful alteration for the arms too. It's important to be comfortable!

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    1. Thanks so much Lori! The first time I tried that alteration I failed horribly!

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