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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Burda Challenge March: 3/2017 #111

As February ended, I realized the wardrobe contest wasn't going to happen and started planning other sewing for March. I passively added this dress and then was all...'heyyyyy. I may need to do that ASAP!" :)

I hadn't touched the machines in a minute and decided to start something easy before tackling another pair of jeans.



This is the petite pattern for March and Burda petite patterns fit me so well! The *only* thing I have to adjust and end up forgetting is the position of the bust darts. On the straight pattern it's okay, on the petite patterns it comes up a bit high. I have to remember that! I could have also added  a small wedge to the back skirt to navigate the butt.


I used a size 40 at the neckline/arms, 42 for the bust, waist and front skirt and graded out to a 44 on the back skirt. A combo 14/16/18 (or 40/42/44 with Burda) is normal for me. The fabric is a nylon/rayon/lycra ponte from Fabric Mart (purchased about 6 months ago).

This sheath is quite fitted and the skirt is pegged nicely. With straight sized Burda I don't usually add hem allowances. With this one I added 5/8" and sewed a 3/4" hem. I also raised the armhole a bit (~3/8") to account for making it sleeveless).



The facings fit nicely. I tacked them at the CF seam and the armholes. I decided to do binding on the armholes. I cut a strip 1" wide, stitched, graded the seam, turned in and topstitched with a twin needle.



The hem is topstitched as well:


I'm liking the narrower twin needle lately. I almost never get any tunneling.


I used an invisible zipper and then when I tried it on to decide on the hem, I put it on over my head. But it was a little tough so I am definitely pro zipper in this one. Especially with the close fit.


I was soooo close to perfection here. That doggone right bodice dart. You can see it came up just a bit short and therefore doesn't line up perfectly.


So. The twist front. 

This pattern was the sewing lesson of the month - the one that is in the paper part of the instructions, not the glossy part of the mag. The photos included with this aren't that helpful, IMO. But again, I find twist fronts always a bit confusing. 

It took a minute. And in the end I had a 'Oh-What-The-Hell-Ever' moment.

Outside:

Inside:



Like, I had to show my kids it was so bad. LOL!!!! I'm sure someone else will make this pattern and will fully understand what was supposed to be done - and share it with the rest of us!!! I made it look right on the outside and worried not what the interior looked like. 

I ADORE the neckline on this! It's slightly wide but not too much so, and slightly scooped. Just perfection. 

I could see this being made again for sure. Maybe even with sleeves and a properly sewn twist! :-p

23 comments:

  1. Your dress is fabulous--the color, fit, and everything! That twist front is a nice feature, and I think you did a great job overall! Go Burda!

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    1. Thank you so much Vanessa! Yes, definitely +1 for Burda! :)

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  2. This looks stunning!! The colour and cut really suit you. And well, the twist looks right on the outside...

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    1. Thank you!! Yes, the messy part is on the inside and it isn't anyone's business! Ha!

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  3. Just beautiful and I love the color!!! You did a great job

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  4. The dress is beautiful and I love that vibrant color. You look gorgeous in it! And as long as the twist looks alright from the outside, that is what matters.

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  5. The color is perfect on you. It is close-fitting and lovely!

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  6. Great job! That color looks good on you!

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  7. Well, no-one sees the inside, so that's okay! Yes, some patterns, especially those that you have to manipulate in your head, do take a bit of working out. Still, it looks good, that's the main thing.

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    1. Thanks Sarah Liz!

      I was determined to figure it out!

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  8. Sensation style and colour on you!

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  9. Gorgeous dress and color on you! Who cares what the insides look like. :-)

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  10. super cute and lovely color. I want this pattern but I am restricting myself from buying any new Burda patterns from their website as I already have two dress patterns yet to be made :)

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  11. Gorgeous dress and a great color on you!!! Burda twist dresses are indeed amazing! I was not digging the full sleeved version on the Burda magazine but this sleeveless version seems amazing! Petite version is an extra bonus.

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  12. The twist feature is so pretty. The dress turned out so beautiful and the color suits you well.

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  13. Gorgeous! The color....I know I'm repeating what everyone else has said ...but seriously! To. Die. For.

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  14. This is just stunning, I really want to make it now, I think I prefer your sleeveless version too so will be copying that! The twist turned out looking great even if you have no idea how you got there!

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  15. The color is perfect for this style. Your dress is really nice.

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