I’m throwing in the towel for a while on trying to find ready-to-wear pants that fit. A few months ago I went out shopping one day and tried on 17 pairs of jeans! Different sizes, different brands, different styles, and NONE of them worked for me. I left that store with my feelings hurt. To stay positive about the wardrobe thing, I’m going to wear more dresses. Now, if you don’t already know, dresses aren’t my go to thing. I love they way they look on the rack and on other people, but I was never a HUGE fan. Even as a little girl I rolled my eyes when I had to wear one, even though I still cut my eyes with a little envy at the girly girls with their cute dresses. Funny how things don’t change much sometimes.
Well, It’s 2013 and I’m going to EMBRACE the dress. Partly out of necessity and partly because I want to change my look.
I made a simple dress with shoulder knots (#131) from Burda Magazine’s 5/2007 issue. The fabric is knit, but the gold print on greatly reduces the fabric’s stretch. I made pattern adjustments to account for that, but I ended up taking it all back in plus a little more because it still too large. I was in love with this fabric when I purchased it years ago, but became lukewarm when I started to manipulate it. It also has a little sheen to it that I’m not crazy about.
The pattern itself is easy. The straps are long so you can adjust the fit and cut as you make the dress. The wide fabric belt gives the dress a little shape at the waist. I think it looks a little better when it’s bunched up a bit more.
I have to tighten up the straps a little more, maybe take in the belt just a hair, and then check this off as the first (or second) dress of the season.
I really do admire all of you sewists who can cut straight into a pattern and immediately lay out your fabric to cut and sew. Maybe the size for you is perfect or you know your body sizing like the back of your hand. Before I get started I have tons of fitting to do and because I am working to get my fit spot on, I need to do that painstaking work of tracing patterns. Also, anyone who has worked with patterns from Burdastyle magazine knows this task is completely unavoidable.
I’ve tried a variety of tracing materials and I’m so happy to have stumbled upon something that works the best for tracing Burdastyle patterns. Do Sew (from Viking section of Joanns) didn’t work out so well. It’s thin enough to see through, but my writing utensil gets caught on the rough fibers. If I’m using pen or marker it bleeds right through.
I’ve used tissue tracing paper sold by Clotilde which is equivalent to the paper on the table in the doctor’s office. It works well enough.
Pattern Ease from Joanns is not transparent enough for tracing. This paper is thick and sturdy and I think it would work best for fitting some patterns.
Now, I’ve hit the jackpot! This tissue paper is super transparent. More so than the one sold at Clotilde. Last year I got lucky and found this paper at a movie set sale. $10 bucks for this huge roll!
I’ll be surprised if I ever see the end of this thing.
They say if you were old enough to wear a style the first time, you probably should steer clear of it the next time it comes around. I’m just going to ignore that little “rule”, go out on a limb, and do my own thing.
Here are the technical drawings of the items I plan to work next.
Now, I just might be out that lonely little 1990’s reminicient limb all by myself, but that’s perfectly fine. I just hope I still find them as cute when it’s time to put them on. As for the top, I think I might have picked one of the most impossible shapes on which to do a FBA (full bust adjustment). Wish me luck!
I believe this is the first “Finished” sewing related post since my friend, DragonWillow, and I started this blog. Hooray for us!
If you remember this post eons ago, I wanted to use a different print for this dress, but did not have enough fabric for it.
I omitted most of the ruffles because trying to work with them in this slinky kind of fabric was a pain in my neck AND it took a while for me to get the serger’s cooperation to do a rolled hem on the ruffle edges AND I still hate zippers. So, I banished it to the half-finished project bin!
Today, it re-emerges completed just in time for summer’s end. A very light and relaxed style to get me through the last of the hazy, hot, and humid days. Do you think I have time to squeeze in one more summer item before she goes?
I always seem to gravitate toward the dresses and tops that have ruffles. They are fun, flirty and I just love them! The ruffles on it are exactly why this dress called to me. The magazine shows the dress as ankle length on the model, but sadly I do not have enough fabric to make that long. Let’s hope I still think it’s cute.
**ETA What was I thinking? I don’t have enough to make ANY dress with that fabric! A top/blouse it is, I guess.