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Sew along halter dress burdastyle 06/2011-116

Added Oct 3, 2011

by thinker

Seattle, Washing...






I took this on as a challenge, to make a dress with fitted bodice and boning. I hoped the sew along would help. Peter’s pointers really did help with figuring out the pleats of the skirt! However, I chose to follow the Burdastyle directions exactly, whereas Peter took a different direction in when to sew in the lining, and to make edge bindings rather than flaps. I also put in boning at all the seams, however, when I put it on it felt too weird. The fittings without the boning seemed fine so I took them all out again. Now it does sag a bit, I might put in different boning. This project was a bit over my head and though I managed it, I am not sure I can say I enjoyed it. It took quite a bit of patience and persistence. The dress is rated “intermediate” but I felt it was difficult. Perhaps because I chose a print? Because I had to make pattern adjustments? My dress is still not quite finished, I still have to hem it and sew down the lining more (it tends to show at the top), I also need to finish the flap ends better. Apology about the pic quality, were taking in a hurry thinking I was making the Monday Oct 3 deadline (NOT, was 9am EST).

Material Notes

Dress: Anna Maria Horner “Diamond mine” cotton voile. Contrast: Navy blue kona cotton. Lining: cotton batiste. 1 invisible zipper. thread. Dritz featherlite boning, removed again.




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    Jan 19, 2012, 12.34 AMby The Tropical Sewist

    Agree with the other posters about the straps. But it’s still a gorgeous dress – fits so well and I love your fabric choice。

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    Jan 17, 2012, 04.29 PMby Smiley100

    Beautiful dress! At the magazine I didn’t liked it so much. But your dress is awesome!

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      Jan 17, 2012, 07.40 PMby thinker

      Thanks Smiley!

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    Oct 4, 2011, 10.22 PMby Peter Lappin

    As far as the straps go, I’d reposition them (if you can) so they’re angled in the direction of your neck.

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    Oct 4, 2011, 10.19 PMby Peter Lappin

    Great job, Thinker! The fit looks excellent and the fabric is lovely.

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    Oct 4, 2011, 04.57 PMby Douli Bee

    You did a great job! You should be proud of you! I wish I could sew as good as you!

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    Oct 4, 2011, 03.42 AMby turtlegirl00

    wow! awesome job! You did a great job with the fitting! you should be very proud—hem and wear—it is great!

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    Oct 3, 2011, 08.52 PMby thinker

    Thanks for the nice comments everyone! I may very well have attached the straps at the wrong angle. I had to think up-side-down and inside-out as they were inserted between the dress and lining layers when they were right-sides together before flipping over the lining to the inside of the dress. Mmm, that sentence might make no sense unless you made the dress.. The straps in the magazine original picture also look a bit strained, but not as much as mine..

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    Oct 3, 2011, 08.47 PMby Maudene Nelson

    It’s beautiful. It was worth the effort. (Is it possible that you attached straps on the wrong angles?)

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    Oct 3, 2011, 08.08 PMby nookie

    beautifully fitted dress

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    Oct 3, 2011, 07.50 PMby MientjiB

    I hope you do finish it! Your pattern matching is perfect, and the colour suits you so well :-)

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