Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Burda of the month: 9/2012 #109.....sort of

My latest Burda project has finished up quite different to the pattern, but I did trace out and use the pattern so it still counts for my Burda challenge, right?!  And the funny thing is that I actually made a muslin because I knew a lot of changes would be required to the pattern, but I liked the muslin version so much that I ended up finishing it properly and not bothering to go on and make the dress from the fabric I intended.

Ok so first up, the September issue - I love love love this one! So many good patterns that I will definitely be using next year when our weather cools down (one of the disadvantages of being in the opposite season) or when (if?) my waistline finally gets back to pre-baby measurements.  Like these gorgeous dresses:



or these funky tops:



The pattern I selected, #109, is a very simple shift dress with minimal shaping, just two curved darts on the front:

burda 9/2012 #109

The reason I picked this pattern is because I really wanted to use that funky striped ponti knit I bought a little while ago from Spotlight, and I thought that this pattern would pose minimal interruption to the stripes and would also look casual in a funky kind of way.   


The problem however with this pattern is that I don't particular like shapeless shift style dresses - as a pear shape such a style emphasises my wide hips and obscures my waistline so I really don't know what I was thinking!  I knew I'd need a sway back adjustment to get a nice fit in the back so I decided to make a muslin first which was a good move because now my fabulous fabric is still sitting there waiting for the right pattern but I've also ended up with a dress I like, a real win win situation.

I pulled out a mysterious double knit fabric from deep within the stash, which I think may have come from my grandma's stash that I inherited because I don't recall buying it.  Since my grandma seemed to favour plasticky polyester type fabrics I didn't realise until I was sewing and pressing this fabric that it is actually a nice ponti style knit that presses really well and drapes quite nicely.  And here's my finished version:

burda 9/2012 #109

burda 9/2012 #109

My version is sleeveless partly because I didn't have enough fabric to make the three quarter sleeves, but mostly because it was only after I had sewed it up that I realised this dress was a keeper, and then I discovered that the sleeves are actually sewn on in two pieces (the cap sleeve) or with a split in the middle of the cap, and are sewn onto the front and back separately, and then joined with one seam from the neckline, through the shoulder and down into the sleeve.  I was just too lazy to undo the neck facing and shoulder seams to sew the sleeves in, so sleeveless it remained!

These photos make the dress look a lot looser around the midsection and neckline than it is in real life, but I think that it's because this is a clingy knit which I didn't line.  But look at this awesome fit at the back, and pretty ok fit in the front:

burda 9/2012 #109

I did make a swayback adjustment to the pattern of about 4cm before I cut out the fabric, which helped reduce fabric pooling I usually get in my lower back.  But to get that close fit I also put in two vertical darts parallel to the zipper, and I also had to put in small darts at the back neckline because it was gaping a bit.  The back looks a little messy, but I can live with it since it fits well now:

burda 9/2012 #109

I also ended up shaving quite a bit from the sides so that dress is a closer fit to my waist and hips and not the straight line of the original shift pattern.  And what I've ended up with is a nicely fitting sheath dress that has a graceful a-line skirt that falls in nice folds thanks to the drapiness of the fabric - all good but not the loose fitting shift dress of the original pattern though!

I know that the dress, despite being well fitted and in a glorious deep blue colour, is a little boring as it is.  I toyed with the idea of piping or contrasting top stitching, but instead I had a dress up session while Toby was having a sleep and decided that any one of my numerous scarves, or a colourful belt + shoe combo, or my absolute favourite asymmetrical cropped jacket (from Veronika Maine many seasons ago) jazz the dress up enough to leave it as it is:

burda 9/2012 #109

burda 9/2012#109

So about the pattern itself - it's super easy to sew, and is even the illustrated sewing lesson in the magazine if you're a beginner and need some assistance.  If you like this style of dress then this pattern is pretty good.  But since I don't particularly like the trapeze/swing shape of a shift dress I doubt I'll make this pattern again, although I did note down all the changes I made so I could use this pattern as a fitted sheath dress again in the future I suppose!

Oh and check out how big my little wombat is - he just turned 6 months and is growing at a rapid rate!



19 comments:

  1. I was on the fence about this Burda dress... my figure is similar to yours and I had the same qualms about widening my already prodigious assets, but this dress looks so great on you that I might have to trace it out and see for myself!

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  2. I really like your changes to this dress and it looks great on you and love all the stying ideas. Wow Toby is growing up, 6 months already.

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  3. I love the changes you made to the dress and it fits you so well! according to the magazine photo, it's a good thing you left the sleeves, it looks like the armholes are very low.. I also find your little dressing up session very interesting, it's inspiring to see how many looks you can achieve with accessories or simply another garment.

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  4. It just looks grelt. I like the quieter look of a single color fabric. You have made the dress your own at it gets even better wearing the red belt. Congratulstions.

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  5. I like this dress. You could add a chunky necklace or long string if pearls in a knot, too. It's a great colour on you.

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  6. That Burda model is posing so that the dress looks more fitted than it really is. Yours is a gorgeous colour and you got the fit just right. I think it is nicer without the sleeves. Your wombat is so cute!

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  7. Wow 6 months already! How time really flies! I think you've done a great job with that dress and I LOVE the last three options. I think a belt really suits you a lot. Great job on the back too.

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  8. I think your dress is perfect and designed to do exactly what you did with it by dressing it up or down. Basics are basics for a reason...they allow you to use a multitude of pieces with them to give them character. I need to add a little embellishment to a basic dress to hide figure flaws ~ gotta keep those eyes moving! *LOL* Its a great dress!

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  9. What a totally flattering fit & color! And look, you even coordinated the little monkey's outfit to match yours! He seems to get cuter every day :-)

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  10. This dress is a perfect wardrobe builder. Looks great! I hate making muslins (but know how important they are), so it's a double win that you got to keep your first draft!

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  11. I love the dress. perfect with the belts too. Well done on adding the darts. I am also pear shaped and I find that darts make dresses look more flattering. I really like your beige and cream pumps

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  12. I'd say the best accessory for that dress is that sweet baby boy!

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  13. Nice dress and such a good fit. Looks 1,2,5 and 6 are my favorites. Cute baby!

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  14. Great dress! Simple is often the best option and I love how you accessorized it. Wow on the back fit: I wish I will manage to sew a dress that fits so perfect in the back. And I would also like to steal your jacket from you: it's fabulous.

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  15. The dress and colour really suits you and how special that it is your grandma`s material too ! Your little wombat is going to grow into a boomer when he grows up ( excuse the aussie slang ).

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  16. I like the red scarf--very kicky and mid-60s. I'm impressed with how good this looks on you. As a fellow pear I planned to stay away, but you really made it work!

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  17. Really nice. The dress looks great on you and the colour is perfect.

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  18. Great dress. I like it best with red belt. I take it from the outfits that you are headed back to work soon.

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  19. Great colour on you. I initially ruled this one out on account of impossible breastfeeding but I have breastpump weaned at work, and it has a Mad Men flair to it to make it magical. Nice! It does look easy to sew, so very important with little ones around. Toby is so big, it's incredible that that little person entered this world 6 months ago! My ginormous son also changed my figure to exactly the same as yours, although after 14mos my hips are down to the top of the size 40 range. Courage, it will come too. Increasing protein and proportionally decreasing on heavy starches helped.

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