…but I don’t. It’s been a rough couple weeks, thus the lack of sewing and posting, and it seems like this dress is a symptom of all that. This is Kristen from Burdastyle and it is a cute style with lots of interesting details, but I think the combination of a fabric/print I don’t like and the fit being a little off = frumpy granny dress?
Funny story about this fabric – I got it at The Knittn’ Kitten in Portland, OR (which I love), thinking it was a vintage fabric (I’m such a sucker, I probably wouldn’t have bought it if I knew it was new), and noticed later that the selvadge had a website stamped on it. I don’t think we’re that old yet.
- All the darts and pleats in the top that you cannot see because the fabric is too busy, particularly the deep center back pleat, it’s very classy.
- The plackets down the front if you use a more lightweight fabric.
- It really is a dress with a lot of potential; I made a size 38 top and 40 bottom and used the waistband to transition the difference (does that make sense, I sat here for like two minutes wondering what the right phrase is?) and I’m happy with… the waistband.
- Fabric is too busy to see all the pattern details (see above)
- I have SUCH a hard time with side seam zippers, I just can’t seem to line the fabric up right, it’s wonky, and if you look closely, it just doesn’t sit right along my hip.
- I wish I had made the top a little more narrow and adjusted the bust. Others who made this dress said the top was too big and they adjusted it. When I tried it on repeatedly, I thought it was just the blousy style, but looking at these pictures, I see that it’s too big. I have a very small bust and I think the lesson learned is that when there are darts, I will inevitably have to make an adjustment (which I don’t know how to do yet!)
- The collar is too wide in my opinion.
- Because of the thickness of my placket fabric (leftover from this dress), not only does it not sit nice, but the edges of the front opening don’t press well either, even though I graded the seam allowance. See:
Initially this dress was fun because of all the details, and one day, far from now, I will try it with adjustments and better materials, but I got SO SICK OF MAKING THIS DRESS that it just dragged on forever. And of course Burda instructions are so cryptic, so I totally fudged the sleeves and had to redo them, and the collar took a couple tries too. Neither are terribly complicated, you just to have to read between the lines of the instructions.
I am so out of love with this dress that I can’t be bothered to wash off my fabric pen markings. So please disregard them in the photo below!
Overall grade: Eh.