Added Jan 18, 2012
This was my New Year’s eve dress, and, while not a perfect fit or flawless finish, was worn with pride nonetheless! I chose a slippery fabric because I couldn’t resist the navy blue sheen and wanted something dressier than the heavier weight dress fabrics with some body suggested. I think I prefer the way the light weight fabric allows the folds of pleats to fall from the starburst but imagine something of heavier weight would have discouraged the little bit of a pouf this creates at the stomach – kind of unflattering! I love the front of the dress but don’t like how the back emphasizes everything BUT the waist. I wish I had taken the time and had the skill to lower the waistline. How high it is might have something to do with the fact that it was my first time grading a pattern and I had to make it several sizes smaller…It is quite possible (and likely) that this process led to some inaccuracies in the pattern pieces. I had the most difficult time assembling the skirt as it seemed that I had either sewn the back panels reversed or they didn’t account for a swayed back or any sort of a curved bum! I think this was all due to a mistake in assembly and I re-stitched it as many times as the fabric would allow with no luck. I ended up trying to make a sway-back adjustment and several other tweaks on the fashion fabric which wasn’t the best idea as the fabric looked quite tired and worn by the time I’d finished the dress, but it produced satisfactory results! I noticed Ichigogirl asking about whether the pattern was made to fit the standard B cup size and while the bust didn’t turn out huge, it does seem to be quite a bit larger than I’m used to for Burda Style patterns – it certainly doesn’t fit my embarrassingly tiny bust! I love the slight curve of the neckline and didn’t want to ruin this by changing it so I sewed it as is and then, realizing how much it gaped, ended up quickly sewing my bra to the edge of the neckline, which, in a pinch, prevented me from displaying anything I didn’t want to on New Year’s eve, but now that I see the dress in the photos, I realize it also led the topmost pleats bunching up in a way they aren’t intended to. I learned a ton on this dress and, while it isn’t fitted well to me, I sure looks beautiful off of me and is a gorgeous dress! Thanks Burda Style for such an inspiring pattern!
Satin, polyester lining, invisible zipper