I made this tobacco wool-mix dress using Burda 8511, with fitting modifications about two years ago. The modifications were namely creating two long and deep front darts, deepening and lengthening the back darts, and bringing in the side seams.
I think this is a great sheath pattern, obviously as I've used it four times already (to see the other versions I've made click on the Burda 8511 in the labels below), but it does suffer from being a bit shapeless. Every time I've made it I've modified it quite a lot, just to get some shape into the thing. I guess though this is why we buy these paper patterns or attend workshops to make up our own slopers or whatever; so we can get a basic workable shape to start us off, with which we can then play with from thereon. Add our own exciting details as the whim strikes us. The joys of dressmaking, no?
I made this for a winter dress, so the top half of the bodice is self-lined, with bemsilk lining the rest of the dress; super warm... This way I'm wearing it today is the way I was customarily wearing it two years ago and I think maybe it's time to dress it up a little differently? Yeah well, we were all into pinafore dresses back then but perhaps it's time for a new interpretation? I'm not sure if I look "hot", or just "not". Thus the long shot above, as I have a sneaking suspicion this tree is a much nicer aesthetic prospect than me in this outfit...
To be honest, lately in the dressing department I'm feeling very mojo-less and need something to boost me out of this flatness. Any styling suggestions, anyone?
This morning my husband and I went out to breakfast together, which was real nice. We don't do this sort of thing very often... It was quite cold then, but now I'm roasting as I'm looking out at bright blue skies again, and had to smear on the old sunblock before I went out for my walk later. btw, how do you like my random picture for the day? Pelicans are usually such somnolent birds, so I was lucky to catch this one wheeling away from the shore on his ungainly take-off; his huge wings flap flap flapping ponderously to get his big heavy body off over the water... He was a beautiful sight.
Dress; Burda 8511, with some modifications, brown wool mix
Tights; Kolotex, David Jones
Boots; Sempre di, from Zomp shoes
Belt; Emu leather