The Hong Kong Dress
Added Sep 28, 2013
Pfew. My hours of fitting, tracing, cutting and sewing have paid off.
The fit of the pattern is great except for the armholes (too small) and the neckline (the two V’s make the shoulders drop to the sides. I would recommend making the back V a high neckline instead) I did an FBA and some small adjustments recommended by another Burdastyler (thanks!). I like how this dress fits!
The instructions for the vent are just weird. I would recommend using the great tutorial from the lovely lady Colleen G Lea (fashionsewingblog). It definitely helped me.
As you can see I bound all the seams Hong Kong style. I was surprised how easy this method is but unfortunately this method costs lots and lots of precious sewing time. Eventually I started hating my sewing machine so I will have a little ‘sewing break’.. Maybe 2 days hehe.
Some things I learned during the process that may help you in the future:
> If there are techniques in the sewing instructions that you haven’t practiced before it’s a good time to make a toile/muslin! This has prevented a lot errors for me.
> Don’t forget to stay stitch armholes too. My armhole facings didn’t fit in the armholes anymore.
> Don’t use cheap (polyester) bias binding because it can be rough on your skin. You better cut strips from a lightweight fabric yourself for Hong Kong binding. Also check how the fabric feels against your skin (mine is quite itchy).
If you have questions about the pattern or techniques feel free to send me a message.
Very itchy fabric, but oh well…