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Response to Non-Jersey dress

Added Apr 20, 2011

by dreamfast

Kaunas, Lithuania






Well, it’s done, finally. The funny thing is that it only took a few hours to make this dress, but it hang on a hanger for almost two weeks because… I couldn’t find the right buttons. Lame, I know, but there was nothing for it. The fabric’s a woven cotton blend, I guess, checked, as you can see for yourselves, nicely coloured and THAT was the tricky part. In the day light these checks seem to be made of dark blue and pale creamy blocks and stripes. BUT in the lamp light they “become” black and light yellow… Can you spot the problem now? The buttons that looked well in the daylight turned horrid when the lamps were turned on and vice versa. I’ve tried about five different sets of buttons and none fitted with this pretentious fabric. And when I was about to sew semitransparent selection of buttons that weren’t very much to my liking, the right buttons came in the form of… thrifted men’s shirt. Just the right colour and size for the loops, as if made for my fabric!! So, today I’m finished and even my mom started coveting the dress quite badly, so it’s gonna be worn a lot when the warm weather truly comes to Lithuania.

Some notes on the pattern: it was really easy to work with it, no matter that it was intended for jersey. I’ve cut in my regular size and it was ok. I’ve made the upper part double layered to give it shape, because the fabric’s quite soft and thin. The only change needed was making the armholes smaller cause I have rather thin arms and my bra showed each time I tried to move more vigorously. The hem, the armholes and the neckline are finished with bias tape and so is the belt – I simply sewed the bias tape, turned it out and use as a belt or rather – a string to tie around the waist. Was thinking of hidden side pockets, but decided to skip them this time.
If I were to make this dress again, I’d make one change with the “bodice”. I would use a french curve to make the lower part of the bodice rounder, because it looks so much casual (like my “Make it simple” dress) and not so strict as using a straight line.
So, all those of you, who have the pattern but haven’t tried it due to jersey recommendations – go ahead, because it really works with woven fabrics (possibly due to the fact that it is loose fitting). The end.

Material Notes

Woven cotton blend, thread, seven buttons.




Garment Type

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    Jul 8, 2011, 07.38 PMby dillybean

    Inspired by your lovely dress, I bought the patten – my first pattern purchase from Burda. However, I am confused by the sizing on the pattern as it does not match the sizing chart (it says 17, 18, 29, 20, 21?)- the pattern also states to add the indicates length to the pattern front and back pieces but I do not see any indicated length to add in the directions. Since you have made the dress I was hoping you could provide me with some guidance. Thanks!

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    May 24, 2011, 01.45 PMby Justine of Sew Country Chick

    Thanks for the review. I want to try this dress but want to use up some woven fabric. So it pulls over the head without a zipper? You did a nice job. I like that you used bias tape instead of facings.

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      Jun 6, 2011, 08.36 PMby dreamfast

      Thanks and sorry for late response!
      Yes, it pulls over the head and buttons at the neckline do the trick. Actually, I’ve reversed the front placket (more comfortable for me to unbutton it) and made it shorter (but still it looks quite long, as you can see for yourself). It works perfectly fine with woven fabrics because of the width used for gathering. I took my usual size and did some small alterations, mentioned above. Facings may add some ellegance to clothing, but this was not something I was heading for – I needed a casual garment, so bias tape worked just fine. I have one recomendation, thought – either attach the original piece for drawstring or add loops on the sides to hold the string/belt/whatever you use, to keep it in place, because it’s most annoying to be constantly pulling it down (I’ve added loops at the sides myself afterwards).

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    May 7, 2011, 04.49 PMby sigrid

    Just lovely. I do love plaid, and little buttons, and a gathered yoke. . .

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    Apr 22, 2011, 11.52 AMby tasallison

    lovely dress…especially love the details.

    great classic fabric too!

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      Apr 23, 2011, 11.15 PMby dreamfast

      Thanks ;) I think, it’s the details that does it. I mean, the pattern’s quite simple, so it naturally calls for a charismatic fabric and some details to make it complete.

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    Apr 20, 2011, 12.44 PMby curdis

    Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing. Good to see another “non-yersey” dress here.

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      Apr 21, 2011, 06.08 AMby dreamfast

      Cheers ;)

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