I made a dress from the Burdastyle June 2016 issue. The simple lines of the dress drew me plus I quite like how the neckline is structured. Here is the picture from the magazine:
For fabric I went with olive green linen fabric. The linen has just the right body to hold the bias cut pieces. Its a fabric hog because all the pattern pieces are cut on the bias. including the long neck ties.
A note on the cutting out instructions in the magazine….I was very annoyed because the instructions have you cut 2 of the back pieces. Turns out you only need the 1. I am certain that’s a typo. So if you are planing on making this please please remember you only need 1 back piece.
The instructions were unfathomable beyond the first 2 steps. At least Burda is consistent in that regards. However I do not mind – I rather found myself relishing the challenge – it took me back to my A Levels years when I would spend hours working on a complex calculus problem :-). I fared better in my A level days. Burda instructions are a whole other level. In the end I did what any self respecting seamster would do : I just pinned it all out first then I winged it.
As you can see that back is mighty low and without the right support, things could slip but somewhere in the instructions it mentions elastic on the back. There are specific measurements for the elastic but I found it too slack and I had to shorten in by 2″for a snugger fit. I also took in the side seams by 3/4″ each side. Again this is because its all cut on the bias. The fit was fine by the time I finished.
I finished all the seams on the overlocker because I was fitting as I went. With the next one I’d like to use french seams. Once I discarded the Burda instructions – its actually a really quick make since there are no closures.
Quite like it and wore it to London where I got heaps of compliments. I was worried that the tie neck might be uncomfortable but it wasnt at all even after wearing it all day like I did. Because its all cut on the bias , the weave loosened out as the day went by it does drag lower in the back as the day goes on. It could do with taking it in another 1/2″ pinched on each side.
I’d like at least one more, possibly in a dark navy linen…..
Here is a little video I made for my OOTD on Instagram. Just click play – I only just realised you can hear my kids yelling in the background 🙂
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Peace and love,