Yesterday I finished this dress. I decided to combine the Burda 7494 skirt with my trusty self-drafted bodice to see how they would look together. Yey for Frankensteing patterns together. Its so easy!
What can I say? they were $3 per meter quilting fabrics and they had been sitting there unused for about 2 years. So I am glad I finally did something with them.
It also gives me an idea of which of the 3 colors suit me best. I think the blue suits me best. Blue used to be my least favorite color but it works best on me. I am glad I am liking it a lot more these days (Perhaps it was Zooey Deschanel’s wardrobe in 500 days of summer). The pale pink suits me the least as it has a bit of that wash out effect when next to skin of my colour (God it looks practically the same colour as my skin in the photos!).
I decided to time myself when making this garment. It turns out it takes me about 5 hrs 20 mins to make a dress like this (including cutting out). But that also includes trying to decide on things and messing about with strap length etc (HATE adjusting straps).
I did an invisible hem with my invisible hemming foot and the special stitch on the machine. I LOVE IT (totally geeked out over it)! So easy and it kicks ass over hand sewing!
The invisible side zip hits me at a weird point due to the more fitted skirt.
The bodice is fully lined with white cotton voile for a nice clean finish but the skirt is not. I REALLY wish I underlined the skirt with a thicker fabric for stability since the cotton is fairly thin (it also creases like mad as you would suspect).
Anyway here is what I would do differently if I made this style again:
- Shorten shirt waistband at the sides (5-5mm on each side) so the bodice fits the tulip skirt more precisely
- Underline the fitted skirt portion if i make it in a similar lightweight cotton (I planned on doing this but I was too lazy)
- Convert bodice to have back zip rather than side zip. The dress will sit better on the body
- Back of skirt is too big. Take in darts slightly? and tapper and remove some fabric from the top of the center back seam of the skirt.
- Reinforce the start of the back slit with some fabric and stitching (in a triangle?)
I wore the dress into the city last night. I don’t know how much wear this dress will get because the fitted skirt is less comfortable to wear than the gathered version. I have to wear fitted shorts underneath the skirt to preserve my modesty that is pretty annoying.