I thought this Burda dress (from the April 2014 magazine, pattern 120) was particularly pretty. I love the pleating details and little button loop front closure. It's not a dress style I would normally choose, but I hoped it would end up looking as flattering on me as it did on the model, even though I am not tall and thin but actually really short and sturdy.
That being said, my initial impression after finishing and trying it on was that it looked like a maternity dress. I'm not used to having all this flowing, floaty fabric, so I was considering wadding it up and throwing it my "learning experience" trash can.
I decided, though, to have my husband take a couple of photos of me in the dress so I could get a better perspective on how it looked. I think I like it.
Anyhow, I'm so glad to be done with this project. I'm sure I'll wear this at least a few time this summer (and mom, I've got a slip on underneath :)).
Pattern / Sewing Details:
- Intermediate level sewing. Button loops, pleats, lined bodice, princess and curved seams, elasticized waist - some of these details are quite tedious
- The pattern is drafted beautifully - everything lines up - even with all the alterations I made to take from a "Tall" to a "Petite" size
- I know generally people get frustrated with Burda instructions but I found them to be more than adequate with no really confusing directions.
- Interface the tie bands unless you want them to twist and wrinkle and look cheap and home made.
I've got a couple of gorgeous blouses up next from this so-stylish pattern from Hotpatterns and the fabric is this amazing Roberto Cavelli silk-like cotton print that my mom brought me back from Cyprus.
Make something beautiful!