Another shirtdress (and my last sewing for 2011). This is a very different dress to the last one. Burdastyle 05-2011-117. This time in a rayon shirting from fabric.com. Hopefully this will be a nice cool summer dress. The fabric was quite bright and I was wondering what I would make from it when it arrived, but I think this dress suits it well. It may be a little brighter in real life to these photos but they are not too far off. I think the dress has a real 1940's vibe.
The description states A classic shirtwaist dress with romantic styling. Front darts fit it to the figure, while the small notched collar and sophisticated back add a touch of class.
Now I love the collar and the blouson back, but it doesn't look like Burda's photos where there is no hint of how blousy the back really is.
The pockets are a nice feature and are top-stitched (not noticeable on this busy fabric) and I like how they suggest doing it by using the pocket pattern to give you a guide to the stitching line.
The blousy back - I like it and I think it does add a quirky design feature as well as making the hips look slim, but it does show from the front (unlike Burdastyle's photos in the magazine).
I used a seam allowance guide to cut the SA of this pattern - quite like it. It is perhaps not as accurate as drawing your own SA but so much quicker and perfectly satisfactory result for this sewist :)
I was very lucky to receive this as a blog give away from Jorth, and will be using it a lot as I hope to sew a lot more from my Burda and Ottobre magazines this year.
My only negative comment about this pattern is that when I raise my arms the whole dress comes with it. Any clues as to what I need to do, to alleviate this?? Is it to do with sleeve width or armhole size??
Anyway it is too late for this dress, I like it and will still wear it. It will just be a lady's lunching dress not a putting things away on high shelves dress.
Nearly caught up with my blogging. I have joined the pattern review fabric stash contest so have made two small items for that before getting totally distracted by finishing a quilt started years ago... Ciao for now kittens!