My last project completed in 2014 was an egg-shaped dress (BurdaStyle 10/2014 #127B).
Most of the time, I am drawn to the oddest (but still kind of practical) garment the magazine has to offer, but this shape isn’t as unusual as I originally thought. It’s actually a nod to style from the 1960s, it appeared in several styles in 2006/2007 and again on the runway in 2013/2014.
Balenciaga Coat (Photo credit: Pinterest via Balenciaga.com)
Jil Sander Dress (Photo credit: farfetch.com)
ASOS Dress (Photo credit: asosrp2010.cloudapp.net)
It’s definitely one of those shapes that few people wear really well, but that never stops me from attempting the impossible.
The original pattern has only a slight egg shape and made in a wonderfully bright striped jacquard. The fabric selection is probably the real reason I love the dress so much. That and I needed a shape to hide those few pounds I knew I was going to gain during the cookie holiday season. No need to walk around holding my breath and sucking in my belly!
I was unable to find any fabric like it that wasn’t heavy upholstery fabric, so I settled on a lightweight jacquard that still kept the horizontal striped layout. The pattern did not call for lining so I took some time (okay, quite a bit of time) to Hong Kong finish all the seams, make my own piping, install my first exposed zip.
Of course there was the usual full bust adjustment, but I made no other alterations. There is enough fullness to add another me into this dress. I wanted to pair it with a black mock turtleneck as similarly styled in the magazine and a simple wedge shoe or a tall boot, but I don’t own either.
I will probably never sew this pattern again, but it was fun to make and a very easy, cozy dress to wear. Best of all, I got to try techniques I haven’t done before.