Burda 4/11 #115
A Refashion and Update
While looking through my closet recently, I came across a dress I've not worn much the past few summers. I'm not sure why, but I'm not reaching for this one at all. Maybe it is because it doesn't have pockets or because all that fabric is a bit bulky around the waist? Not sure.
It only has three main pattern pieces, plus some other smaller (and to me, optional) ones and no closure. This pattern is pretty versatile and can be really, really easy if you want to make it that way. I traced off the pattern and then took a look at one of the two areas I was concerned with the most: all the blousing above the waist. The model photos show a lot of blousing and this didn't seem like a good idea to me. First, I didn't want all the excess blousing and second, I'm short waisted. Not a good combo. A quick tissue fit revealed that I could take 4" out of the bodice and still achieve a bloused look without being extreme.
In the photo below, the top of the ruler is at the waistline, and the bottom of the casing, as drafted is near the 7" mark. That's a lot of extra fabric, as you can see on the right side, I've folded out quite a bit.
The other issue that concerned me was the width of the shoulders, as I have narrow shoulders, too. I decided that I'd work with the neck gathers to get the right width when the time came.
I carefully cut apart the dress and had just enough length to cut out the new front and back and was able to use the old hem as the new hem. Perfect.
I decided I did want pockets, so I made the pockets pretty much according to the Burda instructions, but also referenced Roberta Carr's book, Couture the Fine Art of Sewing, like I did when I made the pockets for the burgundy jacket earlier this year.
Now that the pockets are done, all that's left is finishing off the armholes and neck and then adding the casing and elastic at the waist.
Parting Shot: Wrapped and Ready. My niece's gift is ready to ship. To finish the crafty theme, I decided wrap it in some fabric and extra ribbons for fun.