The weather has been so so so so hot! that I still need some light little sundresses, even though perhaps I should be starting to think about autumn and winter sewing now, with days as hot and dry as we have been getting it is hard to believe it is ever going to get cold! Dabbling my feet in the water here was so nice I really didn't want to leave this lovely little spot and get back to my daily chores, plus a mountain of office work that I've been putting off... woops, sewing has been so much more interesting to me lately I forgot I had to do actual work as well!
I used a Burdastyle pattern, dress 114 from the 5/2010 issue... and have to say I like using the patterns from this series. It's economical and feels a bit more of a challenge to make stuff this way. It's not as though I'm new to this sort of tracing-out-of-patterns, as I made many many things from the Topkids magazine when my kids were little, but I haven't done it for a few years so it feels a bit new. And yes, as a commenter said on one of my posts previously, the pattern instructions are usually a lot more challenging too, because you are not walked through with helpful little illustrations like the conventional envelope patterns. I think I'm very visual, because I find that way heaps easier.
Before I hemmed this dress I tried it on and it felt a bit too short. Which is funny, because it's not as though it's actually any shorter when compared to many of my sundresses, but because of the very wide pouffy swirly A-line skirt it did feel shorter... if that makes any sense... so I hemmed with a very narrow hem and also made some little shorts to wear underneath from the leftover fabric. Fortunately I just had just enough leftover to squeeze out one pair of shorts... and so I am perfectly safe from a strong breeze showing the world the colour of my undies. Back when I was little my mother used to make me lots of little dresses with matching bloomers to wear underneath, and this is the same principle. Except these are not bloomers but tailored shorts with a zip and welt pockets, and all... I'm not showing the shorts off here, because I have way too much class to lift my skirt on purpose... you just have to trust me that they are there and I will show them off on a future post.
Dress; Burdastyle 05-2010-114, Japanese cotton
Shorts; (worn under) Burdastyle 10-2010-111, Japanese cotton
Hat; Country Road
Sandals; Micam by Joanne Mercer, from Hobbs shoes
A-line sunback dress with empire seam under the bust has a skirt of two gathered tiers, and side seam zip.
34-42, I made size 36, and made it a little wider at the bust
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you had finished sewing it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
It is super easy! There are only two pattern pieces to trace out, the skirts are just rectangles.
I love the loose flippy feel of it, it is a comfortable and lovely style well suited to our hot dry summers. This same super-flippiness however also compelled me to make a little pair of matching shorts to wear underneath! If you wanted to, the instruction provide dimensions for a third tier to make the dress a maxi length. I didn't think the maxi-length would have suited this print, however.
The only thing I didn't like, well, it's my own fault, I wanted pockets and inserted them in the side seams, and that lower tier falls at just the wrong place, just where I wanted the pockets to go! No biggie, the pockets just sit a few centimetres lower than I would have preferred.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I cut out the back bodice wider and higher to have more coverage, I did this to to avoid bra-strap exposure.
I added inseam pockets, which sit just at the top of the lower tier. As I mentioned above, this is a tad too low, but I can live with it.
I added about 3cm to the length of the lower tier, and I'm very glad of this little bit of extra length.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I probably would sew this one again. I highly recommend it as a very easy, pretty and feminine little sundress.
Great little dress; cute, very comfortable, feminine, cool and breezy. I am going to enjoy wearing this one!