I'm working away on my Advanced BurdaStyle teaching course, and the first assignment was this dress with the special "Burda twist" feature at the waistline (Burda 101 01/18)
I used a lightweight polyknit from my stash that I bought ages and ages ago, and because it was so stretchy I could leave out the back zip. A more stable knit would require a zip as per pattern but I went with this stash fabric because it was handy. As my sister commented, it made this dress a real "Waist Knot, Want Not" outfit anyhow!
One thing I didn't think about was how the vertical stretch would lengthen the dress due to the weight of the fabric. The bodice is about 1/2" too long now, especially in the back -- I'd raise and widen the back waistline a smidge if I made it out of a fabric like this again. Or I'd just use a knit without this kind of vertical stretch.
But I like the actual length of the skirt; this feels like a 30s tea dress to me now, like I should be swishing around doing the foxtrot or something. And surprisingly enough, I think the oversize flowers work. I wore a cropped orange cardigan with this in the same tone as the orange in the flower and it looked quite cheery and festively autumnal. I did wear the long sleeves pushed up all day though - must remember that I much, much prefer an elbow length and/or 3/4 sleeve over a full length one.
The rest of this pattern was quite straightforward. I like the fit overall, even if the back waist is a bit too narrow for me. I hemmed skirt and sleeves, and finished the neckline, with a twin needle, something I finally learned how to do in this Burda course. I really like the effect and am going to try to keep using this finish when I can.
This one is an unexpected hit for me -- I enjoyed making it and it was fun to wear, too.
Very nice dress! I also prefer 3/4 length sleeves.ReplyDelete
Love the matching tights.
Thanks Elizabeth! Glad you noticed the green tights too ;)Delete
Lovely waist detail!ReplyDelete
It was a bit of puzzle but worked out in the end and I love the effect!Delete
That's a lovely dress! My mother left a large bin of knits behind - I'm going to see if there's something in there suitable for this.ReplyDelete
Great idea -- it's really quite a basic pattern aside from the waist twist so a great one to highlight a nice knit.Delete
Wow that is gorgeous. I love the big flowers, and it's a very good selection of a pattern for this large scale print.ReplyDelete
I was pleased at how it worked out. I've had this large scale knit for a few years now, happy to have finally used it with the right pattern :)Delete
This is gorgeous dress! I love the fabric you chose. I especially like the waist band.ReplyDelete
Thanks Linda! The waist detail really does make this dress. I'm even considering making this one again someday.Delete
Very nice dress-looks so slimming and comfortableReplyDelete
Thank you! Yes, the stretch knit makes it really comfy to wearDelete