As you know I haven’t had a lot of sewing time recently. So I thought I should make the most of what little time I have by making repeats:
This is my version of Burdastyle 2/2016 #102, which looks quite different in the magazine – I made quite a few changes:
- I used a rayon knit rather than a woven
- rotated out the bust dart on the navy and light peach version
- made the top longer over all and added a high-low hem (imitaging the knit version Burda have in the magazine)
I also changed the back. The original has a pleat coming off the back neckline, but I thought trying to anchor a pleat to the neckline of quite a thin knit would be asking for trouble, so I cut a back yoke and changed the pleat into gathers.
On version 1 I didn’t get the hight of the yoke quite right, so I made it a bit higher on version 2 or 3
Now you might wonder why I make those changes and didn’t start off from one of the many many similar patterns that Burda have put out recently that already have all these features.
Well, I originally wanted to make the pattern as is, in a woven, wide sleeves, slit at the front neckline.
And I did – and I didn’t like the result very much:
I used a panel print that I really liked as a fabric (love the colours!!). But wearing it I just feel very frumpy.
I also don’t like the wide sleeves on me.
Let’s not even talk about the strange thing that is happening at the neckline – I think I’m going to call this a fail and won’t even bother about trying to rescue the fabric.
Lesson learned: Just because I like the fabric, I won’t like wearing it.
Lessons to be learned: How do I know IF I will like wearing a fabric from looking at it flat?
If only I had the answer to that question that would save me a lot of money in the fabric shop…
P.S. All ended well – I made a dress from this pattern too and that really works!