Added Aug 23, 2012
Paranaque City, ...
This is my version of the Cap Sleeve Shift Dress (without the sleeves)… My first official dress! It’s been raining lately and the skies are overcast, so I chose orange to add a burst of color to my life. : ) Oh I cannot tell you how hard it was for me to make this! This should’ve been labeled “For the Clueless Novice”. Haha! If you want to know how I was able to pull this off, you can read my detailed post here:
It is a simple dress, but I stumbled upon some obstacles along the way. Just like the other members in this community, I now realize that the patterns from Burda have very minimal details on the instructions. I found myself scrambling for answers on youtube and on my sewing instruction book.
If you love this pattern as much as I do, and if you are a clueless novice like me, I have a few tips for you:
1. Measure yourself against the pattern! I had to make a lot of adjustments later on because I am smaller than size 36. I had to add darts in front and back that were not in the pattern. : (
2. Make sure you have more than enough fabric, especially if you decide to add pockets. and sleeves. Add 1/2 a yard to whatever is prescribed.
3. Make sure you know what these terms mean and how to apply them: facings, interfacing, fusible, pellon.
4. Make sure you have an invisible zipper attachment and learn how to use it.
5. If you live in a hot and humid country (like mine), go for a fabric that’s not too see-through and skip the lining. (I wish I did!)
6. If you have a similar dress, make your own inspection on how it was made. The instruction manual that comes with this pattern is of very little help. Trust me.
7. If you decide to add a contrasting color like I did, plan ahead and buy a bit more material than you think you need. (we’re clueless, remember?)
At any rate, I had fun making this dress (even if I cried to my seam ripper many times in the middle of the night!). I love how my dress turned out. I know I’ll be making more of this now that I’m not so clueless anymore! : )
orange cotton linen blend fabric
camel cotton linen blend fabric
fusible (with an adhesive side)
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