To be honest, I don’t even drink a lot of tea! But then again, have you ever heard of a Coffee Dress? No, me neither, so a Tea Dress it is:
I used the bodice of Burdastyle 2/2014 #101.
Really, I had wanted to duplicate my Siena dress and use the BHL Elisalex bodice. But I could not get the sleeves to work. When I put them on my Elisalex muslin from back in the spring the whole thing just looked way off, so much so that I did not know where to start fixing it. So instead I used the Burda pattern that I knew would fit. Not because I have a dress using it – I have a wadder using it. But what made it a wadder was the skirt that I cut wrongly, so that dress had been hiding in my stash for more than a year. All tears have been cried, the wadder is all taken apart now, the fabric’s been cut for something else and the pattern has materialised in this tea dress again.
I’m in two minds about this. I have already worn this dress a few times and I love wearing it. It is really easy to wear, not restrictive in any way, it’s made from a medium weight ponte, so it really is like secret pajamas. It also doesn’t need ironing, so what’s not to like?!
On the other hand I’m not sure it’s not all a bit too twee. Burda US market this pattern as “softly charming” and “demure”. I’m sure it’s all that, I’m just not sure that anyone would describe me as softly charming… Maybe it’s the half circle skirt in that just below the knee length? Or the rather Catholic purple?
All in all I’m still happy with this project. I envisaged this dress exactly when I bought the fabric, so it’s not a case of my vsion not becoming reality. I just thought I might look a bit more stylish in it. But I love the colour of the ponte so I think it’ll see me through autumn, even if it might not be the pinnacle of fashion.