UPDATE !! - If anyone else is struggling with the instructions on this pattern, I'm happy to report that blogger Pauline at Sew You Think You Can Knock Off has managed to make two gorgeous versions of this dress and has posted photos of the construction, visit http://sewuthinkucan.blogspot.hk/2016/11/burdastyle-102016-102-knotted-dress-i.html
Thank you Pauline!
La Karibane also posted a helpful comment in this post, interestingly both bloggers use French instructions, maybe they are better?!
Last weekend I popped to the Hong Kong garment district area of Sham Shui Po solely to buy some white serger thread. Needless to say a few pieces of fabric came home with me too, including this one which is very me - print, purple and jersey!
So as soon as I had finished the white project (coming up next) I moved straight onto this fabric and chose this jersey dress from the October issue of Burda (also very me).
10/2016 - 102
I made a couple of adjustments upfront, the neckline looked very wide so I narrowed it a bit and I also left off the sleeves on this version as it still isn't cool enough for long sleeves yet and I can always wear a light jacket over this dress when we do start getting some transitional weather. I also switched the neck binding for a simple faced finish.
I started making this on Saturday so that I could wear it to a lunch with friends on the next day, quite a tight deadline, but it's a jersey dress - how hard could it be?
Things started well, the top is pretty straightforward and goes together quickly. However when I got to attaching the skirt to the bodice I got completely confused. I am convinced there is a step missing as there is nothing describing how or when to attach the front of the bodice to the skirt and all the references to facings, casings and attachment lines do not help. I ended up with a raw edge on the bodice and a casing that I could not thread the elastic all the way through. Time was getting on by now so out came the seam ripper and a radical solution.......
Yes, I had to admit defeat and decided to just make a separate top (which is pattern 101 in this issue) and skirt. The top just tucks into the elasticated waist skirt, except at the knot area and then you just blouse the top a bit so that it looks exactly like the dress is supposed to and the 3cm wide elastic in the skirt holds everything in place. No one need ever know!
Although it does pain me somewhat to be beaten by Burda's instructions, having separates is quite practical and each piece will definitely also be worn on its own. I do want to try the long sleeved version later in the season - I'm thinking you need to first attach the skirt to the bodice with a normal seam allowance, except in the knot area and then fold and stitch the skirt somehow to create a casing. If anyone manages to make sense of the instructions please do let me know what I missed!
I made it to the lunch in my fake dress and despite the frustrations of not being able to understand something that surely should be easy, I really like my new dress/ top/ skirt. It / they will get a lot of wear and I am even planning on making this again although whether as one or two pieces I don't yet know!
It's pretty impossible to see the knot detail with this print so below are a few more detail photos.