Actually this is only half of the dress in the title - I was a little nervous that the skirt part would be unflattering on me (Cidell ended up not liking hers either but turned it into a top she loves). So I decided to use the top of this dress and the skirt and elastic waist treatment from the McCall's pattern that I just made to be on the safe side.
There really isn't very much to say about the construction, I just kind of cobbled the two easy patterns together. I sliced the Burda dress pattern about 1 inch below the marked waistline. It was wider than the McCall's skirt so I took in the side seams a bit and then stretched the skirt to fit - since I was adding some elastic into the waist seam anyway I figured it didn't have to match exactly.
Here is my finished dress - in retrospect I am sure I could have used the original Burda pattern and just added a belt. But why make life easier right!? I really like the cowl neck & sleeve design of this dress - I may well give the original Burda dress a go, perhaps adding some length to the skirt so I can belt it.
|This dress has elastic sewn in the waist seam as per the McCall's pattern, but I also made a tie belt with leftover fabric.
|Close up of the bodice.
I hurt my knee last week (it's better now) which meant I couldn't go to the gym and this tends to make me rather cranky! So I decided to go to the fabric market instead and found some gems! Pretty excited to get working with these pieces.
|Silk charmeuse animal print
|Mystery grey floral
|Sheer feather print
|Extremely wide border print fabric, wonder if it was made for bed linen? Here is a close up of the colours.
|Most of the width of the piece
|Mosaic print jersey - sadly just an odd shaped offcut, will see what I can do with it
|Who needs another sequin t? me apparently, just could not resist this lovely bronze on black mesh piece
I have ideas for some of these but I ordered a few new patterns in the last sale so am just waiting for those to arrive, along with Spring!