My Simplicity and Burda dress
Added Aug 15, 2010
The bodice of the dress is from Simplicity’s Cynthia Rowley 2497 and the skirt is from Burda’s Marie pattern. Sorry, the dress is a bit wrinkly but I was too excited to iron/steam the dress before taking pictures of the final product.
I’ve been wanting to make this dress ever since I saw the pattern online. I’m not really into the neckline ruffles, but I liked one of the options for the plain neckline with the super cute puffy sleeves (I love puffy sleeves, have you noticed?).
I used a cheaper crepe material as I have never successfully sewn with a slinky material. I finally figured out that it had to do with the machine needle, which made a world of difference. Cutting is still a pain because the material frays so easily, so lots of zigzag stitching and pinking around the edges, and a lot of vacuuming around my sewing area.
I decided to use the Marie skirt pattern instead because I thought the skirt portion of the pattern was a bit plain and because the sleeves were pleated, I thought a pleated skirt would look more appropriate. I used the waist yoke from the Marie pattern as well rather than from the Simplicity pattern, with pretty good success. I had to use the front waist yoke for both the front and the facing, I cannot understand why the waist yoke facing is larger than the waist yoke for the skirt, it doesn’t make sense and makes for unnecessary easing, which I absolutely detest.
Speaking of easing, I had to do A LOT of easing for the collar portion to the bodice portion again. So much that I did it over three days, and stitch ripping at least twice, which totally sucks. The sleeves were very easy to put together with a lining. I also added a lining to the skirt because it was a bit see-through for me, but the bodice was fine.
Even though this dress took me a bit longer to finish than I would have liked, I still love it. The pattern is very versatile, you can change the feel of the dress simply by fabric choice and colour of the fabric. I can’t wait to wear it to a friend’s wedding party next weekend!