Friday, August 5, 2016

Burdastyle 10-2012-118A... Wedding season

We have two of the younger members of out family getting married this year and in our winter time. When I started to think about what I would like to wear, my first thought was a dressy lace dress, or a fitted sheath in a glamorous fabric or even a pretty 50's style dress with a large skirt, but when I really thought about it I decided my real priorities were to make a dress that would be:
  1. comfortable - weddings take time these days with there often being quite a break between the ceremony and the reception.
  2. warm enough to wear on a cool day with maybe a cool breeze - that meant some shoulder/arm coverage
  3. able to be used again... I really don't need another formal frock hanging in the wardrobe after being worn only once and
  4. suitable for the occasion.
I think I am getting too practical perhaps in my dotage...

This Burdastyle dress (10-2012-118A) has been very popular and I have been wanting to make it since seeing all the great versions out there but sometimes you need the occasion and I decided this was it.  To go with point 1 - comfortable - I decided to make it in a beautiful, soft ponte that I purchased from Knitwit.  In actual fact, I already had the fabric with this pattern in mind.  I had ordered it after seeing the samples at a recent Craft Show.

I love the pic of this dress in front of the stone wall that reflects the colours.
I did leave it until the last minute to make it, so didn't have time to muslin the dress, but I checked the tissue fit and decided to do a broad back adjustment and increase the bicep width.  Then I cut the dress with 1" (2.5cm) seams to give me some adjustment room, but ended up not needing it.  I basted the seams initially and adjusted the back darts and got a really nice fit over my back.  I did try to get a photo to show you but I was not "properly" side on in any of the shots so this is the best I can show you so you will have to use your imagination!  At least you can see the gather detail on one side.


I did leave the zip out as I could easily pull this dress on when it was made of the ponte.  Which was a shame really as I had bought a beautifully matching zip, but I figured I was in enough of a hurry to keep it as simple as possible.

I was wondering if I widened the back a little too much?  I like the fit through the body, but the neckline seems a little too wide and perhaps at the back armhole seam?  I wonder if I should have cut the shoulders at a size down?  All the fit issues I am still trying to understand?


The only other adjustment was to reduce the sleeve and hem length by the hem allowance.

I did spend quite a bit of time to lay out the pattern so that I made best use of the interesting print in the fabric.


Oh and I tried a new tip out when tracing this pattern.  There is a brand of pens called "frixion" and the idea is that friction (rubbing with the other end of the pen) erases the line.  However it seems heat does the same thing so all you need is an iron on low heat (no steam) to get rid of the pen.  So I tried it with the frixion highlighter and it was great!  I could highlight each piece, trace it, iron it to remove the highlighter and then do the next piece, making it so much easier to trace.



.. and I made the bag too.  Back in 2012 - it was in this post here and I love it and was lucky enough to find shoes that match.


Ciao kittens... sorry about the intermittent posting, it's been a busy time... I am sure you all understand that. 

21 comments:

  1. Lovely! It is such a lovely pattern and the fabric works so well.

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  2. This dress looks fantastic on you and is a perfect 'marriage' on fabric to pattern. You look great! And thank you for the tip about the frixion pen. I will be trying that! :)

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  3. This is such a lovely dress! I like how you have the lighter shade of the print going down one side. Thanks for sharing about the pen; this is something that I have not seen and will help so much.

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  4. Love the shape of this. You look fantastic!

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  5. This is GORGEOUS! The fit is nice (maybe pinch a wee bit of the extra you added to the back) and the fabric is fantastic. I love the cowl, the length, the pattern placement...just perfect!

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  6. Great dress. This is a great pattern. I don't think the back neck is too wide from your alterations. My several versions of this pattern without alterations all have wide necks. It's a design feature

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  7. Beautiful. This is gorgeous.

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  8. I had a fail with this pattern. I used a knit, but it was much too floppy; looked like I was wearing a bag. It's lovely in your ponte

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  9. I think this dress is perfect for a wedding.Lovely

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  10. I love it. Smart, stylish, warm enough for winter and definitely a dress to wear more than once.

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  11. Fabulous dress. I think your placement of the pattern is spot on. Looks fabulous on you.

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  12. Lovely looking dress. I really like the style on you.

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  13. Perfect choice. I have been lamenting the lack of warm dresses in my closet.

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  14. Lovely dress. The fabric choice is perfect and you look very stylish. Love the shoes and bag, too.

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  15. Gorgeous dress the placement of the fabric and the fit (yes a bit too much in the back, but easy to fix for another version) the style looms lovely on you. Your shoes are a perfect match to your bag love them.

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  16. Lovely dress and fit looks perfect. Thanks about the tip regarding the frixion highlighter! I use the pens a lot, did not know about the highlighter and great tip about iron it from pattern tracing!

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  17. Great match of pattern to fabric, looks great on you too. I must look for one of those frixion highlighters!

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  18. Beautiful dress and great work on the pattern placement.

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  19. It's hard to find a dress that's both comfortable and flattering, but you've done it. Gorgeous!

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  20. Good to see that lovely pattern works so well in a knit, looks wonderful on you. I love that print and the way you used the fabric.

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  21. Good to know about your family’s wedding season. Arranging my sister’s wedding in couple of months and trying to find amazing San Francisco wedding venues. Going to take help of my friend who is a wedding caterer to make wedding memorable.

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