Sunday, August 23, 2009
Burda 05-2009-125, the shirt dress.
From the back, I decided to declutter the front by tieing the waist sash at the back. Don't you love the wallpaper-esque pattern on the silk?
I love shirt dresses. I associate them with middle age middle class women, and hey, guess what? That would be ME. When I saw this style in Burda May edition I knew I would be making it up, they have succeeded in doing something I thought impossible: they made the style young and fresh.
Actually, I was thinking they may have been a little TOO successful at it, that it might be a little too young with its ribbons and gathers and bows. First thing I tried to tone it down a bit, by only using half the amount of ribbon and pleating the skirt instead of gathering it. I de-boufed it quite a bit that way.
It has usual appalling burda instructions which I didn't, as usual, read but recoursed to my old standby Reader's Digest Guide to Sewing for picture by picture accounts of collar with stand and cuffed sleeve with continuous vent placket.
The silk was a nice friendly compliant variety and I had no problems with cutting and sewing.It has the most gorgeous lustre.
Even though this pattern is "frou" and not "frou frou" after my de-boufing endeavours I'm still not comfortable in it - literally, it's too tight across the chest. This is weird - I made all my usual alterations, I checked the pattern to see if I'd mis-traced anything - re checked my measurements - no, I don't know what went wrong but the front facing has been drafted 2 cms smaller than usual. Maybe they wanted a super-fitted style to hold the shirt in tight to the chest? Human error? The finished front and back measurements through the bust are identical. It's been drafted like you've got boobs on your back. It's true there are days I feel like that, but that's a bit odd, don't you think?
Owww - toooo tight!
In this case, it's a good thing. Here's what I'll do. I'll refashion it - the fabric is too gorgeous to lose. The first thing to go will be the pleats at the bottom. Don't you love how I said I'd never do another refashion and here I am doing it - that's because in situations like these, my inner tight wad always wins!
This weekend is my tailoring course, so I'm going to make another jacket. I think I'm going to go with the Burda WOF one, and you can bet your bottom (middle and top) dollar that I will be tissue fitting the whole thing very carefully.
post editing note:
Thanks Judy.. of course, I can let out the princess seams! Thank goodness I didn't overlock them together as I sometimes do...