Tuesday, January 16, 2018

FINALLY!! Burda 6853

I have a new *sleeveless* dress.


Whew.

You know I must really have liked it otherwise to keep toiling away, right? I would have normally moved on by now.

I removed the sleeves (which had been trimmed/serged!!) and cut a new sleeve, adding 1 1/4" to the bicep. I basted the sleeve itself and it felt fine on my arm. I sewed it with a 1/2" seam allowance and sewed it to the dress.

Fit fine. I could not bend my arms. Decide to cut it off above the elbow. Better, but still not enough range of motion. Considered a cap sleeve; remembered I hate cap sleeves. Got out some bias tape because this was about to head to the nope. no more. pile!!




 Fit my swayback perfectly!



This is a Burda Young pattern and only goes up to a size 42. I cut a 40 neckline and shoulder and 42 for the rest. I did a slash and spread on the side back and lower panel, adding 3/4". I basted and boy was it snug when I tried it on! I ended up cutting gussets that were 1 1/4" finished and that was too much. I cut new gussets(!) that were 3/4" finished - so adding 1 1/2" total. Perfect.

I knew it would be on the short side but that was fine as I also knew it would be paired with tights for the foreseeable future (I can go tight-less in April. I'm kidding. May!). The solid fabric is the same suiting as the blazer, pants and skirt. The print was picked up on a Christmas shopping trip to SR Harris. I bought it to make another B5760 skirt but decided it'd be perfect as the accent fabric for this one.

The contrast on the pattern are actually overlays as it's intended for lace. I cut full pieces and assembled the front, marked the overlay and added 3/8" seam allowance. I then cut away the solid fabric. The back did not have an overlay piece so I created one in the same manner as the front.

I used an invisible zipper and poly pongee as lining. Ah, back to the length...I liked the 'out-of-envelope' length. So it is REALLY short. I used hem tape to maintain as much length as possible. Because I am sewing from stash right now, I went with what I had on hand :) The pattern calls for binding sewn flat over the seams and some type of similar finish on the neckline. Meh. I didn't pay attention to any of that. I used piping at the neckline because I love piping and the bonus was not having to draft facings! (although it's super simple)

Piping | Hem tape | Gusset

This is basically my outfit post for tomorrow because this is exactly how I'll be wearing it! :) With either my black Swoon cardigan or McCall's 6844 as a topper.



SO glad it's done and in my closet, even if I'm a tiny bit sad it had to be sleeveless!


I have all of my loungewear goodies photographed! I will write a couple of posts and schedule them over the next week. I haven't had a lot of free time and will be traveling this week so even less.

17 comments:

  1. It's awesome! So chic and looks great on you.

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  2. Good for you for managing to fix this so quickly, I always hate going back and altering things. Maybe it will turn out to be more versatile with no sleeves and a selection of different jackets & cardis instead....!

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  3. Sleeveless may not have been your first option, but it is a good one!! You look gorgeous, and I am sure your cardigan will go perfectly with it!

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  4. This was certainly well worth all the effort. Wonderful dress. (Hope you manage to stay warm with no sleeves!)

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  5. This is FABULOUS...love it sleeveless....and loved how you styled it with your selection of shoes and stockings! Good Job

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  6. Great dress Perseverance paid off.

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  7. Such a nice fit! Too bad about the sleeves, but you have the nice jacket you just made to match, right?
    I sometimes put on a thin t-shirt under my sleeveless dresses, and with a jacket over that, nobody knows it's there... Besides adding warmth, the t-shirt saves the dress from having to be laundered too often :)

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  8. This looks super cute on you! Worth all the effort, especially since it goes with other items to make an ensemble.

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  9. The dress so wonderful on you! So glad you were able to make it work.

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  10. Very nice dress, glad you worked it out.

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  11. Wow! It is beautiful and really beautiful on you!

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  12. Don't be sad it's sleeveless. You wear sleeveless beautifully. And it's a great-looking dress.

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  13. Beautiful! SO glad you were able to persevere with this one.

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  14. Omg, so so beautiful! It fits your so perfectly.

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  15. Looks great! So glad you were able to push through the challenges and make it work.

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