Monday, April 1, 2013

A BurdaStyle Dress from the latest issue: Chevrons & Stripes



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.


And then my cat showed up annoying me with yowling from a serious case of spring fever.  You can see the joy in my face as I am about to try to ask him to quiet down as my 2 year old was napping in the next room.  Happy Dyngus Day!

18 comments:

  1. This is lovely and will be so great in the summer. I really love the chevron effect, it works so well with this pattern.

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  2. Really cute :o) The chevron detail makes the simple design so much more special - and the fit looks superb!

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  3. I love your use of chevrons, it is a great addition to this dress. PS - your cat is so cute :D xXx

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  4. Ooh you're so quick! I really like this, and you did SUCH a great job matching all those stripes! Funny that we're the same size and height too! ;) see you Saturday!

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  5. The colors are perfect for spring, and the chevron looks so good! Great job matching up the stripes. It's always fun when you discover that you can forgo a zipper. I love dresses that have wide set straps, but it can be frustrating finding a bra with similarly wide set straps. I hope you find one that works.

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  6. Fantastic dress! Your chevrons are matched so perfectly, and I can't believe you got such a good fit without needing a zipper.

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  7. Love it! The colors are very spring-y, and the chevron effect in the front is so flattering!

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  8. peaprincessaliceApril 2, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    This dress is lovely in those springy colours! And I really like the skilful way you have placed the stripes. I have been eyeing this pattern in my mag, but I'm too lazy to trace!

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  9. Well done on matching the stripes. I always find Burda dresses have too wide a neckline and tend to show my bra straps too. Problem is that we need to check this before we cut out. Are you making your hems about 4cms or between 1.5 to 2 inches? Yes top-stiched hems are best kept for jeans and used as a decorative finish on some items.

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  10. Beautiful use of stripes, just lovely! I like the colors on you, I don't think it washes you out at all. :) Have you tried lingerie straps to keep the bra hidden? Basically it's just loops of ribbon sewn to your straps with a little snap on it..

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  11. So so beautiful!! I love it! Brava!
    P.S: I want your cat! hoho!

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  12. Thank you! And I will ship my beast of a cat to you, he has been soooo crazy lately with the weather warming up (he is an indoor kitty only and wants to go outside!)

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  13. Thank you! I haven't tried the dress on again with a different bra yet to see if it's an issue. I I like your bra trick, I'm making a note of and and will use it!

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  14. I'm so impressed with your chevron matching! It looks great!

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  15. Awww, I am sure you love him really :D xxx

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  16. What a beautiful way to use that shirting we had on special last year! You did a great job with the stripes! We're adding you to our favorites list!

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  17. Thanks Megan! I'm happy with the way it turned out.

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  18. Thanks, Julie! It's definitely a Fabricmart fabric!

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