Fabric: Less than a metre of man-made printed knit. I like it because it’s a bit Seventies and it reminds of zebras. Stashed after my Christmas visit to Giesse Scampoli.
Pattern: Burda Style 11-2012-136, the dress view (as opposed to the top). Here’s a link to the pattern in the shop.
Notions: Thread, bias tape for the shoulder, WundaWeb to stabilise the hem..
And the insides? Nope. This was a challenged to see if I could make a dress in an evening, so the raw edges stayed raw.
Hours: About 4 hours in the course of an evening. My housemate works nights so I could rattle into the night to my heart’s content.
First worn: For work on Monday 14th January 2012.
Wear again? When I find a better red belt.
Make again? I might make the top length, but I won’t be making the dress length again.
Total cost: I can’t find the receipt but it was only the fabric and it’s from the remnants place, so two Euros at most.
How’s January treating you? Here it’s cold, work is as insane as I predicted and every once in a while I like to take some time out to do my own thing, if by “my own thing” you mean “discovering a channel on my new PVR box that only shows music biopics – oh dear I think I might forget to eat”.
After finishing Mum’s skirt and tidying up the sewing room, I decided I wanted to make something easy, something that didn’t need lining, finishing, snaps and waistband. So I got out some printed knit fabric that looks a lot better than it feels (very manmade!) and decided to see how long it took me to make this Burda pattern that I traced during the holidays.
From marking the fabric to hemming the skirt this took just over four hours. The neckline and sleeves are finished with your usual self-fabric band folder in half and pressed, which works really well with this fabric. The bottom was hemmed with WundaWeb (yes, the supermarket variety) and then a small zig-zag on top.
Speaking of zig-zag, this project was a great way to remind myself of what a most perfect zig-zag my Judy produces.
After finishing this on Saturday night, on Monday I put it on to wear to work.
Was I happy with it? Nope. Far from being flattering on me, this adds where no more is needed and takes away where it should accentuate. There is flaunting, dear blog, and there is getting arrested, and I know on which side of that line I like to live my life.
So I decided to wear this with a belt like in the magazine, but problem is, I don’t own many belts.
I hate belts. They sit on my hips like a joke, move around and never really work. For this reason, I don’t own many belts at all. This was borrowed from an Eighties dress I bought in a vintage shop last year:
Whilst I agreeit does a lot for the dress, this belt is too short and it doesn’t have a proper buckle, so I took it off shortly after I got to work, lest it dropped in the middle of the canteen and it all looked like an accident.
I am also not a fan of how the belt makes this dress even short than it already is, which is something else I am not comfortable with.
Why Life Of Pi? Because I was listening to the audiobook once again whilst I was making this, and because when I wore to work last week I felt it wasn’t really doing anything for me, whilst everyone else was madly in love it and I got lots of compliments. Just like Life Of Pi, it’s up to you which story you want to believe!
For those of you who might be that way inclined, here’s my PR review:
Pattern Description: Man-made knit dress in the Loungewear section of Burda November 2012. My Burda is in Italian, but on the website this is described as a “Chill dress”. I am guessing “Chilling” is German for lounging.
Pattern Sizing: The usual Burda. I cut a 42 with extra room at the hips. I am a Burda 42 at the bust and hips but a 50-52 at the hips.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Pretty much.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I read them, but I didn’t use them. Yes, it is that simple.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It’s very easy and Burda doesn’t go on any silly tangent with this, which is rare even on easy patterns.
I have to wear this with a belt so it ends up being shorter than I would like but that happens a lot with modern RTW with me. Also, the armhole are too low, as some other reviewers already commented.
Fabric Used: Synthetic printed knit from the local fabric shop near my parents in Italy. I only cut the front on the fold and this way I managed squeeze this out of less than a metre of fabric.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Wider at the hips. Bias tape from stash at the shoulders, which (from memory) is instructed for the top but not the dress version.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would definitely recommend this if you are looking for something easy to start sewing knits, and I might sew the top version again. The dress version is a little too much on my figure (and boy I am not shy!)
Conclusion: Dead easy and flattering, but will do very different things for different figures.