Added May 21, 2014
This dress is my entry for Model Member Challenge.
I was super stoked when Burdastyle announced this challenge – although I always loved the idea I never actually participated in any online challenge before. But this time I was determined to give it a try! Luckily, challenge was announced just before Easter holidays, which meant a break from work and enough free time to make a dress :)
In an ideal world I would make this dress out of some crazy big floral print (and maybe one day I will), but in reality once again I had to rely on my trusty stash. I chose a cotton stretch with tiny sunflower print – fabric is firm and a bit stretchy at a same time which makes it perfect for a sheath dress. Since the print is linearly arranged I had to be very careful with placing the pattern, while constantly checking does everything match after cutting each piece. It gave me a massive case of headache but everything was nicely matched in the end.
Dress is cut in size 36 for the bodice and 38 for the skirt. Although my measurements place me in a size 38/40 in the Burda size chart (which indeed is my real size), over the years I learned that Burda patterns have a lot of ease so I always go for one size down. Works like a charm!
I love the fit of the dress, it’s very flattering and super comfortable at the same time. Not to mention stylish :) My only change was the length of the skirt – I’m not the one for knee length (too serious for my life style :)) so I chopped it off a bit. Hem is finished by hand, with some self made bias tape and invisible stitches. I did the same with the sleeves. I also added a metal zipper on the back, just to give it a touch of cool :) Hope you’ll like it!
The biggest thanks goes to Dina for taking these beautiful shots, she’s really the best. I had a hard time down-editing my selection, so once again I’m gonna overflow you with the pictures of myself. Narcissistic much?
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