My sewing has been a little haphazard lately with lots of things being traced and started, but for one reason or another nothing was getting finished. Before my sewing room filled up with UFOs I decided to get my head down and finish this dress - it's from the July issue of Burda Style, #110.
This is actually sized for petites, but the measurement chart is very helpful so I compared the petite and regular measurements and just added back what I needed in the bodice pieces by slashing them and inserting extra paper. Strictly I should have added some both above and below the bust, but from my measurements I just adjusted by 1.5cm just above the height of the front inserts so that I didn't have to mess with them, as there is some shaping built into those seams.
Other than that I followed the instructions - this is the illustrated pattern for the month - and I found them pretty good. The pattern is really well drafted and everything matches and meets where it is supposed to. For once I even included the pockets and love them! Naturally with the pleats and the pockets there is a bit of "pouffyness" going on at the front, which would normally put me off trying a style like this, but it just goes to show you need to step out of your comfort zone and try new things sometimes. The wide shoulders also help to balance the look as do the contrast front panels.
Here is a close up of the front panels, I just used the reverse side of the fabric on the cross grain, or maybe it was the right side of the fabric, I'm not sure - anyway the other side! The fabric is like a cotton twill but has quite a different texture on each side, one side sort of basket weave (I used this side as my main fabric) and the other side has a striped effect. I decided not to add the additional stitching around the panels and pocket edges and in keeping with this handstitched the hem so no stitching is visible on the outside of the dress.
The armholes are very high, I don't know if this is due to the petite sizing but is something to look out for, it's just on the right side of comfortable for me.
The back view is fairly plain and in dire need of a final pressing!
I'll get some photos of me wearing it in a separate post soon, I feel very Roland Mouret-ish wearing it!