Added Aug 15, 2012
Cardiff, United ...
So here is my first take on Burda’s knot front dress. I’ve seen so many versions of this dress that I thought I’d try my hand at it too. I’m dreaming of doing it in a geometric print to really highlight the knot. However, I was a bit nervous about spending lots of money on fabric for a pattern which is very different from those I usually make.
Sooo… I made one first in this VERY cheap floral poly cotton (£1.50 pm).
Now I know this dress is designed for tall people (one of which I am not!) so I had anticipated that I might need to shorten the pattern…Understatement of the year. I chopped 20 inches off the pattern and then hemmed it 6 inches further! I’m sure it must be a maxi dress although the pattern didn’t state that anywhere.
Apart from shortening the skirt I didn’t make any other alterations. I think this dress would have been pretty simple if I hadn’t tried to understand the instructions!! Sometimes my brain can’t process that formal tone :). As it was I decided against doing the back facing and just used the lining instead – I couldn’t see the point in both. Some things I did just do my own way anyway (hence the dress name!) I really like the finished dress, although I’m not best pleased with the unfinished edges around the knot. Oh and I forgot to add seam allowance to the pattern so I used 5mm seams all around and didn’t do an invisible zip in the hope of adding a bit of extra space. (Luckily the shape of the neckline means it’s not a tight fit anyway). I used a contrasting zip just for a bit of fun – I also did some top stitching in bright orange which hasn’t really come out in the photos.
Next time I make this I will a) use a geometric print, b) make a slightly fully skirt back, c) not follow the pattern instructions! d) use a much more flowy fabric as it does stick out a bit at the front
PS I will wear with a vest underneath usually – I felt rather exposed having these photos taken!
Cheap as chips floral poly cotton
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