Sometimes I just flick through the magazine and look at the photos and line drawings, sometimes I take my time and actually read it which can be very entertaining. This dress is described as follows;
"Putting this figure hugging dress together is just like ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging."
Now maybe it's just because I left off all the plisse fabric bits, but if you are hoping to become an expert at ikebana you are going to be disappointed. (which is a shame because I just google imaged it and it is very lovely!).
If however you want a great dress you will not be disappointed!
I love how this turned out, and I think it can work as a semi casual dress, like mine here in cotton or as a cocktail dress in dupion or brocade. I think too that the bodice would look great with a full gathered or circle skirt, again as a party dress or a summery dress depending on the fabric.
The changes I made here were to raise the neckline and extend the wrapover (Burda called it low cut which usually means navel baring on me) and as mentioned above I left off the plisse insert and belt. This is easy to do, the left front skirt piece has the centre front marked, I just used this as the fold line. I also shortened my version to just on the knee.
The original has a self lined bodice, I used a lightweight cotton since my fabric was just very slightly see through. I also lined the skirt for the same reason. The lining gave me a bit of trouble with the wrapover fronts since they are separately lined and I hacked a way to get the inside looking halfway decent. Here is what I did for the record, I am certain there is a better way (centre back zip?, draft a separate 1 piece front lining? If anyone knows the answer please shout out in the comments.....)
- kept lining and bodice separate at zip side seam
- stitched main fabric of skirt to bodice for only about an inch either side of the zip side seam
- insert zip, keeping lining free
- finish rest of main fabric skirt/bodice seam
- insert skirt lining to seam allowances of skirt/bodice seam just sewn
- handstitch remaining unsewn bodice lining to skirt lining and lining edges to zip
|needed a bit more lining fabric here!|
|hand hemmed skirt|