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Friday, 5 August 2016

BurdaStyle 02/2013 - 103 & 104 Halter Dress

My dress is a hybrid of these two versions of the same pattern.

BurdaStyle 02/2013 - 103 or 104 (same pdf pattern)



This is another one of my China fabric purchases, a bold panel print in what is allegedly a silk linen blend.  You have to take some of these descriptions with a pinch of salt, but it seems like it could be right, it feels like a softer, slubbed silk organza.  In any case it was the print I fell for, it reminds me of a blown up digitised flower, but who knows?

Here is one panel of the print, it's big, I had to stand on a chair to capture it!



I originally intended to make a sheer kimono type jacket, but I couldn't find a pattern that was just right.  Instead I rediscovered this simple halter dress I've long admired that would show off the print without breaking it up.  I made the version with the front slit, but used the full width of the fabric as the length which ended up being a long midi.







Being sheer fabric I lined it with an off white silk satin and I used french seams in both layers.  After sewing the arm and neck bindings, I hand finished it on the inside by just catching the bindings to the lining so no stitching is visible on the outside of the dress, except for the hem where I just did a narrow machine hem.



This is an easy dress to sew, but fitting the bodice gave me a lot of trouble.  Something I've noticed before is that I am shorter from the bust to the shoulder than Burda's sloper.  Burda has some famously low necklines anyway and I alter those almost as a matter of course, but for most styles it doesn't matter.  It did for this one.  My dress form was a godsend here - before I attached the neck binding I pinned and altered until it fit. I ended up taking around 2cm off the top of the front bodice pieces. and gathering it more than suggested.


Of course the dress form is great, but it doesn't move and I am finding there is still a bit of gaping above the bust when I am not standing like a soldier!  In a moment of experimentation I tried it on backwards and it seems to be much better which makes absolutely no sense at all, but whatever works!  

Maybe I got confused while making it and cut the slit in the back as for view 103 rather than in the front?  It's definitely possible, I'm sure I messed up the length of the neckline binding as it's much too short and there is no way I can tie it in a bow like the line drawing.  Another good reason to wear the dress "backwards"!

You can see where I still have a bit of a gaping issue on my left side here.


I decided not to do the shirring only because I thought with the lining it wouldn't work very we'll, instead I will wear it with a belt.  

Despite the fitting problems, I have to say I love the finished dress, it's quite a different style for me, although really the print is doing all the work. 





And here it is on backwards!  Or the right way, I'm really not sure anymore.


19 comments:

Jenny said...

Very pretty! That panel fabric really is neat! I love the length.

SewCraftyChemist said...

Cute and that fabric! Swoon!

TheTellTaleTasha said...

I love a dress that can speak for itself! This looks great! and I love the inside shots <3

Beth (SunnyGal Studio) said...

what a great use for that fabric, you got such a sophisticated result from that simple pattern. Love it!

Lori said...

Beautiful! That fabric is really fantastic and you made a great pattern choice for it. You look really great in the dress!

Vicki said...

Great fabric! And great pattern choice for it. Looks great both ways :)

Headquarters said...

I don't think you've ever posted anything I didn't love. This is just fabulous.

Scenic Route said...

This is a beautiful look on you--well done with all the adjustments! ...and wearing it backwards? brilliant :-D I really enjoy your blog--Hong Kong is one of our favorite cities and I always love fabric shopping there.

Catherine Daze said...

What an awesome dress!

Ruth said...

Stunning - fabric, dress and you!

Tracie said...

I love this! The pattern is gorgeous and it looks fabulous on you

mezzocouture.com said...

This is so pretty! What a great pattern to showcase the fabric.

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

This was the perfect fabric to highlight this simple dress style. Love, love, love this!

Masha said...

New to your blog, and wow, what a stunning dress! It looks fabulous on you. I also like how the placement of the print in the skirt makes it almost look like there is some ruching/draping detail there. Gorgeous!

Gail said...

Oh that fabric is beautiful. I love that you chose a relatively simple style to showcase it.

Susan said...

That fabric is so beautiful. Great match up of pattern and fabric!

Pryscille pulisciano said...

Hello hello, my name is Pryscille, i'm from Paris and i'm trying to find informations about the dress you made: Vogue 1258 Vena Cava Dress ; I can't find the pattern :((((, would you agree to show me few things about this pattern? (for example a foto of the dress unfolded...
my email is: pryscillep@hotmail.fr.
Hope to ear from you sonn :)) and thank you so much

Pryscille

Joolz said...

That is a STUNNING dress. You must wear it every time you can.

Doctor T Designs said...

Love this! The print makes the dress a real stand out!