Added Dec 19, 2011
This was a dress inspired by the fabric, which reminds me of a checked picnic blanket.
I created it by copying the pattern from two existing garments – the bodice from a dress and the skirt from a 6 panelled a-line work skirt that has a beautiful drape, both sewn for me by my Mum before I was interested in sewing. I drafted the pattern myself by pinning and tracing each piece of the garment one at a time onto newspaper (boyfriend’s a journo so I have a mass of the stuff around the house), then sewed up a really rough muslin to make sure the whole thing worked. Amazingly, it did!
The dress is fully lined and cut on the bias. I didn’t add any closures as the bias provides some stretch, but a bit of wiggling is required to get it on. I sewed the skirt with French seams (first time, I’m an addict now!), and blind hemmed the skirt too, as well as top stitching the bodice top and straps.
I love the 50’s feel of this dress, makes me wish I could travel back in time and go to a milk bar wearing it. Seeing as that’s not possible, a picnic will do instead.
Blogged about here
100% Cotton, with stretch between the grain.
Plan a weekend getaway in these sweater dresses and furry accessories.
Member Project of the Week
Clothingengineer made a classic trench in Pantone's 2014 color of the year. Take a look!
Fashion and Trends
Check out this post all on menswear, and see how Meg was inspired to create her own men's shirts!
Learn how to set your serger up for sewing a rolled hem in this week's new BurdaStyle Video!
Perfect the art of sewing collars and stands, including tricks you won't find in books or patterns!
You must allow our "request for permission" request to login to Burdastyle with Facebook.