Sunday, August 9, 2015

Burda Style 06/2015 #121: Fitted Knit Sheath Dress

You probably forgot I was in the Burda Challenge for 2015; I made a project for Jan and Feb and hated the March issue and didn't love the April issue. My Burda projects died off.

I still plan to make a jacket from May (this month) and the vest from July (next month??)...and have several August and September garments planned.






This dress was made a tiny bit at a time over the past week; I highly recommend it as a method when you're busy! :)

OMG THE GUSSETS!!! Swoooooon.

When I traced off this pattern I was really nervous about how fitted it is! I cut a size 42 adding 3/8" seam allowances at the neckline and the gussets and 1" throughout the rest.

Nervous.

I used 3/8" seams through the bust (I needed that extra space!) and ended up going back in from the waist to the hem and removing the extra. It has to fitted so that the gathers don't sag.  I had a hell of a time gathering that front piece and then had the smart idea to use a piece of elastic to gather the back.

Guess what? Not smart.

Just gather it like you're supposed to.

Then, I got the bright idea that I didn't "need" seam allowances on the 'inside' of the facings.

Nope. Not too bright. :)

When it flipped out, the serged ends of the facing showed. So I topstitched, not as indicated on the pattern but rather followed the serger stitches. Then I did tiny tacking to keep the collar folded in place.

I love it from the front but the back is WHEW! so close fitting! With a jacket though, it's pretty cute. Also, I don't know what would need to be done to keep the collar up against the body like that. It wants to flop.

Also, as per usual, I added no hem allowance, and removed 1 1/4" from the hem; and hemmed it at 1 1/4".




Oh and the fabric is from Fabric Mart, but it isn't my favorite. I washed and dried it and that was fine. But every time I pressed it, it's like it faded a little. We'll see how it wears.

33 comments:

  1. Great dress. I think the back is fine. The line drawing suggests the collar flopping down but if you would want it to stay up, I guess you'd need some firm interfacing.

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    1. Thanks!

      No...I don't necessarily want it up...just that the photo shows it up.

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  2. This is a great dress and pattern. Hope you will make more

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    1. Thank you! I am definitely considering it!

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  3. This is a great dress and pattern. Hope you will make more

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  4. Beautifully fitted dress for you! You look great! Nice job.

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  5. Love it! This pattern is on my short list.

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  6. You look gorgeous! Great dress!

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  7. It looks great on you... including the back. Those gussets are a neat feature.

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  8. Girl, you look hot in that dress! So flattering!

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  9. Very nice. Don't you just love gussets and the comfort and great fit they provide?

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    1. Thank you Bunny!

      Why yes I do. I want a whole slew of gusset'ed garments! haha

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  10. Love the design of this dress, and you look so great! Seriously, those gussets though... love that touch!

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  11. I despise gathering, and avoid it mostly! LOL! However, you did a really nice job, and the dress looks good on you!

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  12. That's a great dress--and a great learning experience.

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  13. Bring a body guard when you wear this- you look awesome!

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  14. That dress looks great on you! It inspires me to try it!

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  15. I'm currently making this dress and the gusset sewing is driving me NUTS. I'm basically a pro as I went to design school and have been making my own sewing patterns and sewing for over 10 years, so I don't know why this is such a struggle. If you get this, can you email me at modpaper11 at gmail? Thanks so much!

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