Hello. Better weather today so I can finally add photos to this post. Sorry it's all been a bit quiet on the blogging front this week, Life has kind of taken over and made me rather preoccupied with other things. However, the crafty-ness didn't disappear entirely, so here's what I spent most of my (sewing) time on last week...
...a Burda dress. In fact the Burda dress I was ogling at a couple of weeks ago from the Burda Style May 2009 magazine. And I finally got an excuse to use the lovely yellow gingham that I lined my Mayday Giveaway bag with. The bolt had been waving at me in my LFS for ages and I was finally able to buy with a purpose.
Apart from the fact that it only just fits ( I still need to lose a bit more weight), I'm really pleased with it. I have to say that cutting out the pattern took ages because cutting checks on the bias for the skirt was more of a fiddle than I imagined. In the end, I marked the centre line on the fabric and lined up the centre seams with that, then drew round the pattern and flipped it over to draw round the other (mirrored) half, then cut the piece out using my drawn-on outlines; normally I would just pin the pattern on, cut round it and be done with it, but I found my new way didn't take much longer and I got perfect bias checks for my effort.
I do have a gripe though. Well, it wouldn't really be me if I didn't, would it? The pattern calls for 2.75m/ 3 1/8 yds of 125cm/49" wide fabric. This gingham is about 34cm/ 53" wide and I got the full length to take cutting bias pieces into account but I ended up with a good metre left over. I'm always happy to allow a bit of leeway it comes to getting enough fabric to cut things on a bias but I think a whole metre extra is ridiculous. Actually, more than that, I think the way the pattern pieces are shown laid out in the magazine is a joke - there's about a good foot's distance between each piece - it's a complete waste of fabric and money. This is an issue that has irritated me for years but really, this dress really is the worst!!!
Anyway, enough grumping. Back to the dress. I pretty much followed the instructions as written (no tweaks on my part) and worked to a size 42 (UK16) because this was the largest pattern size and I was starting to think the 44 was getting a bit large (I need to take in my Danielles, especially the dress!). But in the end I moved the skirt seams out to provide a bit more leeway when sitting down!
The instructions for the top of the back closure (invisible zip) were a bit vague, and seeing as there is elastic in the neck, I decided to add a button to the top just so the zip wouldn't pull open. It's a bit rustic, but I see this dress as a kind of farmer's-daughter-on-her-day-off dress so I think it's pretty appropriate.
I really like the pattern and I think I will make this dress again, in some fancier plaid if I can find some (so probably not here in Ireland!) and a solid colour... I'm thinking that Dylon Jeans Blue I used for one of my Danielle tops would work nicely, so roll on more Bomull! And I think it would be interesting to make this in a heavy-ish jersey too. And... (only one more and), don't you think it would make a lovely top?
And speaking of dresses becoming tops, I got an email newsletter through from Onion yesterday and they have some new patterns on their website, one of which is this raglan sleeved dress...
In other crafting news, the Attic24 bag has had some CSI action time on it in the evenings and having previously said I think I might have yarn left over, I'm now starting to think I won't have enough! I suppose I didn't help myself when I made the base so enormous - I just measured it and it's 42cm/ 16½" across! I ws going to use up the red and white and use some blue (also from the back of the cupboard) for the top if necessary, but thinking about it last night, I decided to add a wider blue and white stripe into the middle for a bit of interest instead. The blue is a bit icy but I hope it will turn out ok in the end.
Ooooh, and do you like these?
I got them from CitrusPop, Toni Coward's (of Make It Perfect) new Etsy shop. I have been wearing them pretty much non-stop since they arrived and really love them - pretty but not cloyingly girlie. What's not to love!