The “Bird’s Eye View” Dress | Debi Fry
Fabric: 1 metre of Japanese Kokka cotton from Retrosaria fabric store in Lisbon £8, 1.5 metres of blue twill (ebay UK score) £2, 1 metre white cotton sheet from charity store, £1
Pattern: The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook Dress
Year: c. 2011
Notions: 22'' zipper, £.05
Time to complete: 7 hours
Wear again? yes!
Total Cost: ~£11
I was thrilled we were going to try out patterns in the BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook for this week's challenge! I really love the BurdaStyle community but haven't sewn very much with the patterns. In fact, one of my goals for this next year of sewing is to get better at using the amazing Burda patterns!
There are three variations of the main dress pattern shown in the book. I used the main dress block but made significant changes. I wanted a bit of a mod look (with a longer hemline) so took the basic collar line of this dress (which is very 60's!) and didn't use the keyhole or ruffle bit!
I also knew that I wanted to have different fabric on top and bottom–to create an illusion of separates!
One of the dress variations in the book is from Casey (of Casey's Elegant Musings). For that pattern there is a great illustration of how to self-draft front and back facings for the dress. The fabric I was using for the bodice is a delicious Japanese Kokka lightweight gauze fabric. It's slightly see-through on its own so I ended up underlining the entire bodice with white cotton. The original dress design has instructions for lining the entire dress, but since I was only underlining the bodice, I used Casey's instructions for creating the facings!
I can just hear you now…'Debi, don't you live in Scotland? Doesn't it get cold there?' Why yes, it does! A dress like this is perfect for layering to get a suit effect! In fact, this is how I was wearing it today–with a nice wool jacket (not me-made but from my favourite Scottish company). I have been eyeing a certain Burda cape pattern that I think would look delicious in this navy twill (with red piping?) to go with this dress!
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