It's over 60F (15C) today... hallelujah! But it's definitely not warm enough for this dress. I was a bit chilly taking these photos a few minutes ago (I don't think you can spot my goosebumps here?!) This pattern is from the latest issue of BurdaStyle magazine, 04/2013 #116. It has a sweetheart neckline with a fitted bodice and a fairly trim and tapered skirt. I cut a 42 and then graded to around 46 for my bum and thighs. The skirt does taper in from the hip down- generally not the most flattering silhouette on my figure- so I widened it to make the skirt strait. Even the model 's dress looks like her dress is more straight, too.
I had this cotton poplin stretch fabric for a while in my stash and wasn't too sure about the sun-washed colors-- I feel like they wash me out. My camera was also on a setting that overexposed the photos a smidge, too. And I'm not one to use Photoshop on my images unless it's absolutely necessary... thin fabrics on a cold day equals a day I likely will whip out my Mac for some retouching in the bust region! The main color is a muted beige but the stripes are pretty pastels, pinks, blues and white. These colors will work best in the extreme heat of the sun this summer.
I did have to do some fun 70's inspired chevron action here. I cut the front and back bodice in half, adding seam allowances and then cut the fabric at a 45 degree angle. And I was really meticulous in matching the stripes, the are basically so perfectly lined up it's scary! I also added 1 inch (2,5cm) to the bodice length as I am 5'8" (173cm) and Burda designs for figures that are 5'6" (168cm).
I've also pledged to myself to quit the straight top-stitched hems on my hems and just use my blind hem foot all the time. I don't know why I wasn't before, just unjustified laziness considering it takes maybe two extra minutes to make a blind hem. It was no problem even with the cute little kick pleat in back.
I actually didn't insert a zipper! What?! Yes, as I was fitting the dress near the end I realized how perfectly it slipped over me (thanks to the spandex in this cotton poplin) and I just said to heck with it. I'd never usually do this but I was soooo meticulous with matching my stripes I didn't want a zipper to interrupt the seam in any way (and yes, I don't have a blind zipper foot, what's that about?!)
I had to shorten the length of the straps. I waited to hand sew the inside of the shoulder seams until I tried it on. I removed about 1.5" (3,8cm.) I found my bra kept peeking out where the strap meets edge of the neckline, I kept fidgeting with the bodice while I was taking pics. Hopefully a different bra will stay hidden.Happy Dyngus Day!