Added Oct 3, 2011
I took this on as a challenge, to make a dress with fitted bodice and boning. I hoped the sew along would help. Peter’s pointers really did help with figuring out the pleats of the skirt! However, I chose to follow the Burdastyle directions exactly, whereas Peter took a different direction in when to sew in the lining, and to make edge bindings rather than flaps. I also put in boning at all the seams, however, when I put it on it felt too weird. The fittings without the boning seemed fine so I took them all out again. Now it does sag a bit, I might put in different boning. This project was a bit over my head and though I managed it, I am not sure I can say I enjoyed it. It took quite a bit of patience and persistence. The dress is rated “intermediate” but I felt it was difficult. Perhaps because I chose a print? Because I had to make pattern adjustments? My dress is still not quite finished, I still have to hem it and sew down the lining more (it tends to show at the top), I also need to finish the flap ends better. Apology about the pic quality, were taking in a hurry thinking I was making the Monday Oct 3 deadline (NOT, was 9am EST).
Dress: Anna Maria Horner “Diamond mine” cotton voile. Contrast: Navy blue kona cotton. Lining: cotton batiste. 1 invisible zipper. thread. Dritz featherlite boning, removed again.
Sewing & Techniques
Check out this step-by-step on sewing our wrapped and pleated mini skirt
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