Pattern Description: From Burda’s website, “A sewing pattern that can be interpreted in different ways! Dress A is sporty with safari-style details. Dress B is enchantingly feminine in slightly transparent fabric. Both are buttoned up, with figure-following front section seams, while the belt (self-fabric or contrasting) attracts attention to the waist.”
I made View A, the more “Safari” look. It’s ironic; I started making this dress a couple of weeks back, before Yves Saint Laurent died. I find it to be a testament to his legacy that this type of dress comes back into fashion every few years.
Sizing: 34 to 46. I made a 40
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes
How were the instructions? They were fine. This is a pretty straightforward dress, and Burda’s instructions are quite acceptable. Version A is a lot of work, though (see below).
Fabric Used: Cotton stretch sateen from Gorgeous Fabrics (of course). It’s sold out now. I grabbed 3 yards when it first came in.
Any changes? The usual FBA. Also, instead of buttons (I hate sewing buttons!) I decided to use heavy duty snaps in an antiqued brass finish. Can I tell you? My hand still hurts from when Tessie jammed my thumb. Hammering all those snaps? (15 sets, so 30 times) Owwwww!!!!! But one must suffer for fashion, right? So suffer and soldier on I did.
I made a self-fabric, buckled belt. I’ll probably buy a belt to go with it. And sandals. Really cool sandals!
Likes/Dislikes: I really like the lines of this dress. I love the raglan sleeves, and as I said, it’s a bit of an homage to YSL, though that wasn’t my intent when I was making it.
I have no major dislikes, but with version A, there are tons of itsybitsyteenytinylittleimportantdetails that you have to do. All major seams, edges and tabs are topstitched. They recommend trimming and pressing your princess seam allowances toward the center front and topstitching. I didn’t do that because I think it can cause bulk and wrinkling in the seam. Instead, I pressed the seam allowances open. I topstitched after that.
Here’s a tip for placing buttons or snaps on a dress, shirt or blouse. To position the snaps correctly, I start by placing one right at the bustline. From there, I space them evenly up and down the rest of the dress. This prevents bustline gaposis.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? I don’t think I’ll sew it again. I may do View B, which doesn’t have the detailing of View A. I do recommend this. It’s definitely an intermediate level project.