The “Violin Recital” dress
⁃ Fabric: polyester lace, black cotton, white muslin
⁃ Pattern: Burdastyle Magazine 05/2011 #128
⁃ Year: 2011
⁃ Notions: zipper, self-made bias tape
⁃ Time to complete: 5 hours
⁃ First worn: January 22, 2012
⁃ Wear again? Who knows?
⁃ Total price: about 15 euros
I’ve been a big fan of the “Make This Look” posts since the beginning, they’re so inspiring! I myself keep a “Modcloth” folder on my desktop where I save images of the dresses I like the most from the shop and that I eventually want to make for myself.
I must admit I really underestimated the task of finding a pattern to recreate a certain dress, because, man! I had a hard time finding one to match the Violin Recital dress.
What I was looking for were: peter pan collar, princess seams, short, gathered sleeves and skirt with inverted pleats. I have A LOT of patterns in my collection, more than I’ll ever need, but I could not find one with all those features.
After excluding the possibility of buying a new pattern, I had to make do with what I had. At first, I decided to use Colette‘s Peony, but then I realized that this Burda pattern would have required less alterations. No princess seams, no gathered sleeves, no inverted pleats but at least it had a peter pan collar.
If you’re considering buying this pattern… DON’T! The fit of this thing is TERRIBLE and it’s much easier to draft a peter pan collar for a pattern with a better fit. I made an FBA and added darts to the back (that is basically a droopy sack) to make it acceptable. I didn’t use the skirt part of the pattern, I used two rectangles the width of my hips and then created the inverted pleats at the waist.
Since I wasn’t too sure about the result, I used a very cheap poly lace that is a bit whiter than the one of the original dress (should I try tea staining it?). I must say that, for being so cheap, it’s quite cute. I underlined the whole thing with white muslin.
I decided to keep the scallops of the lace selvage for the hem, although I might chop them off in the future because the dress is already a bit too frou-frou. Another alteration I’m considering is narrowing the skirt a bit to make it more similar to the inspiration dress.
In conclusion, it’s not an exact replica, but I’m quite proud of the result. I don’t know how many occasions I’ll have to wear a white lace dress (I guess it’s a bit First Communion, perfect to attract strange looks), but you never know!