Added Nov 9, 2010
This dress is from Burdastyle pattern #7695. It was easy as stated but I did make a few changes.
I sewed the casing on the outside and I changed the hem line to a swing flare hemline instead, (I basically sewed it a U shape). I have been trying to design different hemlines because I like the drape and to change it up a bit.
I also serged the hem with a contrasting white thread because I like contrast. I also changed the sleeves – I gathered and cut down the fabric for a light ruffle look.
For the casing ties and pocket hem trims I used a polka dot sheer fabric which was quite difficult to sew with. It kept unraveling so I did french seams for the pocket trim. This is a chocolate bamboo fabric that I used for the first time, it was great to sew with and I had no problems. It was expensive but worth it.
I had a small piece of latte bamboo, that I sewed up a small easy shoulder shrug on the bias for a slight ruffle on the edges. My husband (who thinks most empire style dresses make a women look pregnant) liked this dress on me. This was great pattern and I will make more of this style.
This dress is warm, soft and so comfortable and I have already worn this dress twice. I wore it Sunday at home relaxing with the family and wore it to work with my purple suede boots today!
I also made the lariat and bracelet that I am wearing from leather & suede.
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