I usually like to wear jeans but for some reason I just love to sew dresses. Maybe because it is quite difficult to find a RTW dres that fits your top and bottom when you don’t have standard measurements.
My daughter is better at wearing dresses and she really needed one as she has grown and I haven’t made her a dress for a while now.
So I got my act togther and made two dresses
1. My dress.
I had my eye on the dress pattern in Burda Style magazine 12/2012 for long time. I thought that the combination of the gathered skirt part and tweed fabric was quite unusual and not the best idea, but I really liked it anyway
I didn’t want a fabric so bulcky, so I opted for lightweight wool blend that I found in fabric store in Tallinn.
I decided to make the dress button up and collared. As the button band goes only to waist, I added a zip to side seam and omitted the back zip. After first fitting I wasn’t too happy and I had to make a lot of changes – change the shoulder (as my shoulders are quite slanted), take in from the back, add an extra vertical darts. I also changed the skirt part (I did it 5 times in total!). I ended up cutting the skirt part as a rectangle because the original pattern gave me wings and it wasn’t a flattering shilouette.
I lined only the skirt part leaving the top unlined. I didn’t change the sleeve except omitting the zips. For the collar, I used a random pattern that I redrafted as I wanted to make a collar with rounded corners and a collar stand.
All in all I am pleased with the dress. It is comfortable, doesn’t wrinkle and is warm.
2. Dress for my daughter.
For my daughter’s dress I chose I plaid cotton from my stash. I used the pattern from Burda Style Magazine 6/2010. I had to alter it as it was only for size 128 cm. So I combined it with a dress pattern from Burda 2/2013.
I lined the body part so that the dress would be more comfortable to wear with tights.
We made the ribbon-rhinestone embellishment together. We thought that the dress is missing something without it
And I haven’t got over the exposed zipper trend!