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So the Burda pattern is based on a ‘tank’ top. I wanted an evening dress for tropical Yao Noi Six Senses in Thailand, where there was a degustation evening with a Michelin Chef from the UK. The twisted straps was a nice alternative to flat straps in a dress. The tank pattern itself was a base (the twisted pattern and instruction) to make a dress. With pattern placed on the fabric I traced around it to my size, then kept tracing in the line of a dress, adding pleats and some gathering to shape the waist, and under the bust. Body and skirt is two pieces. Black band at waist is the selvedge of this lovely asian inspired fabric. I raised the neckline by only 1/2 inch. I added some ties at the shoulder.
I think I’ll go back now and make the paper pattern for this. I’m not one to spend all the time to make a pattern just to find I don’t like it on me. This one suits my size 14-16 spread and it feels great on. Must get a photo of me in the dress full length! But Mr Mackenzie is an avid cameraman. It takes time to transition from being a size 12 to a 14-16, you really have to change your style. Then there is always the attempt at losing weight and going back to the styles you love. 2014 is the year I’ll focus on that, when I quit work and only focus on the creative side of life! Soooo looking forward to that yeah.