Added Mar 3, 2013
This pattern turned out to be the one that I’ve used most last year, especially the skirt part which is truly versatile. But first things first. I was really amazed when I saw this pattern in one of Burda’s older magazines. I felt especially drawn to the kimono sleeves with gussets. Took me a while to figure out how to insert the gussets themselves, but in the end this turned out to be an extremely comfortable option for short sleeves. The satin looking version of the dress in the magazine seemed very luxurious but I need this kind of dresses like once per year (at the best of times), so I opted for more casual look. I skipped the petticoat part as well.
I used woven cotton with fruit pattern which was probably a curtain of some sorts in last life. Anyway, I even wore this dress to a friend’s wedding and got more than enough compliments for it. I suppose it’s the combined effect of the pattern and the fabric that did the trick.
While making a muslin version of this pattern I had to fix the ever occurring problem, that is bagginess in the back area. Everything else was more or less ok. Of course I added pockets to my dress because I’ve learned the hard way that dresses without pockets are those that I wear least. That’s it.
This pattern was published in the November 2007 issue of Burda magazine.
Fabric, thread, zipper
- Great tutorial for inserting gussets
- Pattern preview on French Burda