I feel a bit embarrassed to tell you this. You might think I'm some kind of obsessive. You might be right.
I made another Burda dress. Is that really bad? It's not like I didn't have other stuff to do to, like Life, but I made it anyway.
I had a mildly important do to go to and I decided the yellow dress wasn't quite right. So I thought I'd make a quickie dark blue version (calico dyed with a dylon dye) but I parked on a double yellow and rushed into the LFS to be told they were out of calico so I had to choose something quick in case a traffic warden strolled past. There was a shelf full of summer polycottons and the grey kind of waved at me, so I thought what the heck, and bought some. Rash I know. I can be a bit ditzy like that sometimes.
Here's what happened.
A variation happened. Sans ironing but we'll brush over that. Actually the colour looks best in the photo above, but the one below is a bit more styled (after all a grey wall with a grey dress is just a bit too grey, y'know?).
It's the same Burda pattern as the yellow one with a few minor alterations:
- I lengthened the skirt by 6" and took up a 2" hem (the yellow one has a 1" hem)
- I lined the skirt with pink polycotton (attaching it to the skirt before sewing on the bodice) to counteract some of the slightly see-through nature of the fabric
- I omitted the ties under the bust and replaced them with elastic (but only really because I don't have a buttonhole function on my Elna and I am totally useless at doing them freehand, and crappy black buttonholes look a lot more obvious than pale yellow ones!)
- I added an inch across the front and the back so that the dress fits me now and not in 6 weeks time
- I added the pocket to take away some of the severity/plain-ness of the finished dress
Did I wear the dress to the do? Of course not! How hopeless is that? But it was just too flippin' hot for spending the day outside in a creased dress with the lining sticking to my legs. I think this is more of an inside dress or an office dress, but I feel pretty confident that it won't languish at the back of the wardrobe and end up at Oxfam.
I would still like to make a version of this dress with a large check like the original (and I was also thinking a not-too-bright-red tartan might look pretty great), but until I find some suitable fabric that's it for this pattern. I have however found the links to the dresses I was talking about here, and have a secret plan for some further dress making, but I think for now, I'm going to concentrate on my Attic24 bag which has grown large enough to house a small family. I think another night on the crochet and it will be nearly complete, so watch this space.
And just on the Burda links, I think I have updated all my previous posts to reflect the changes on the Burda website(s) but if you find any that I missed out, do let me know. There's nothing more annoying than a link that doesn't work.