Friday, January 15, 2016

Burda Challenge: 01/2016 #103C

When the preview for January was released, this dress caught my eye immediately! 




I was uncertain about whether or not I could pull it off...even though it's intended as a casual garment. I tend to stay away from things that are too oversized or too bulky. But I couldn't stop thinking about it! :)

And that Fabric Mart romp when I finally broke my 4+ month fabric fast? I got a lovely cotton-lycra knit in navy! That made me excited to sew the pattern AND nervous -- this fabric is so awesome (it's sold out, and I wish I'd gotten MORE). I didn't want to potentially "waste" the fabric on this pattern. But of course, I went for it!

As I normally do with knits with Burda, I cut a 40 neckline and armholes and graded to a 42. Except I did this on the tank dress but then cut the overlay a straight 40. Oops. It's a little snug across the chest and smashes the bust down a little.

BUT I LOVE IT! haha!

This fabric would have made a fantastic pair of yoga pants and as such is a little bulky where seams intersect, etc. I had to make some adjustments:

I did not turn the bands to the inside as intended on the front of the overlay and the entire neckline of the tank dress.



I didn't sew the tank and shirt together at the armhole and instead did some hand tacking at the shoulder seams (this keeps it in place just fine).



I did plan on just leaving them separate. But the weight of the fabric and the fact that the overlay is technically smaller than the dress..it was shifting around.

But another reason...the tank is a crewneck and no thank you. I like the fit of it though and maybe I can scoop the neckline for something wearable on it's own.

Because it's winter in MN and I work during the day...sort of crap photos ahead!


I cannot wait til spring as I will totally run errands in this! I love the draped back so much!!!! SO MUCH!  I love how it's intentionally slouchy!!

I did a serge-and double turn-hem on the cowl


And serged and turned up once hem on the top, dress and sleeves



And I made another mistake! I never add hem allowances to the regular sized patterns but I did want to on this one because I liked the longer length! And then I forgot! grrr!
Totally fine with boots (and tights and boots, I'm sure), but I like it sporty. Either with tennies or flats when the weather warms up. You can also see here how it's a bit too tight across the bust.

The only downside to this luscious fabric, by the time it's really warm enough for bare legs and sandals, it'll probably be a bit too warm to wear. I can totally see remaking this in a lighter weight jersey or doing a solid dress and print overlay. Ahhhhh.



The outtake :)

So yeah...this one is a win, despite it's issues. And I laughed at myself thinking how the last two items were executed fine and fit fine but were "meh"...but this one has something wrong here, here and there but I am smitten! That's just how it goes.


A sneak peek of my next project. I've never done flat piping before. 
What a fun little detail to add to a yoke!


Meeting up with the MinneSewTa group tomorrow; check us out on Facebook if you're local!

Until later...!

29 comments:

  1. I can see why you were smitten with the Burda challenge for January! I love the draping at the back too, and you did a great job with it! Have fun at your meetup! Your next project looks intriguing!

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  2. Oh I love this too. And I love the colour on you... blue is not for me but it looks so fantastic on you. I also the love both ways you have styled that outfit. I think I need to make one. This will be perfect for our (warmish) winters.

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  3. Very cute dress with a nice casual vibe. I bet you wear this lots.

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  4. So cute!! I like that you're waiting until spring to wear it out--it would be such a shame to cover up that awesome draped back!

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  5. I love it, especially with boots and tennies! I think this pattern just moved up in my queue :)

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  6. Looks great! Gah, now I want to sew one!

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  7. Firstly, congrats on getting a great start to your Burda challenge for 2016! I love how this turned out on you, I think it looks very cool with your converse sneakers

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  8. looks pretty great to me! i have that burda issue, and never gave a secong look to that pattern, but your dress made me want to sew it

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  9. That dress is awesome! Seems like a very versatile piece. Which issue is it from? I have the Winter 2016 issue - but it doesn't seem to be there. I'm new to Burda and completely confused by it.

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    1. Hi Nicole! Sorry about the delayed response!

      it's not from the US edition of Burda, it's from the Regular monthly mag.

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  10. That is adorable! Love love love the back draping!

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  11. I can see how this pattern can pull you in. As I have kept looking at it, I am thinking maybe yes!!! Very cute with boots and other kicks.

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  12. This pattern caught my eye too! I'm not sure if it would look good on me, but it certainly looks great on you, so maybe I'll give it a go after all :)

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  13. I noticed that pattern also as I once saw a woman with a simple tank style dress with the drapey cowl back. It looked so pretty and I have been trying to figure out how to make it for ages. Cute and I understand about wearing it in spring.

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  14. Just great and so what about a teensy thing here or there. It's a terrific launching pad for other iterations.

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  15. I like it styled sporty. Cute dress.

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  16. Beautiful dress. It's so much fun to try new things!

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  17. It's gorgeous - and you are right, some of the garments with little sewing imperfections can turn out to be favourites - so it is to do with fabric and style - if you happen on a style that works, then it will be love :)

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  18. How interesting, I was pretty meh seeing this pattern (not a fan of their color choice) but in the navy you did--fantastic! Great dress, love the sporty look!

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  19. So pretty, and the color looks so pretty on you.. Proud you liked it. Happy sewing.

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  20. That is fabulous!!! I'm reaching peak envy over here.

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  21. Love it! The back is really awesome and it all looks very stylish on you.

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  22. Cute dress! You're making me give the Burda sub a second thought. Hmm.

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  23. Totally a weekend glam outfit! Love it!

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  24. The colour, the syle, everything about that dress suits you! Even that length I think. And I'm loving the sound of flat piping. Ooo the possibilities!:-)

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  25. I missed this pattern in that Burda issue. Definitely taking a second look. So sorry I missed the latest MinnSEWta get together! It was our annual strategic planning session at work that Saturday. Next one for sure!

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  26. This looks great on you! So much better than the magazine photo.

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  27. I actually love this, especially with the Converse! It looks cool (for want of a better word!) and sporty but still very smart. Now I have another pattern on my growing list to have a look at...

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