Just Give Me Something To Blog About!
a) a tragic yarn atrocity here in our neck of the non-existent woods; and
b) the fact that it's starting to get hot out again (Bah! Give me the snow drifts of February any day!) I haven't been doing too much knitting.
However I have been doing some sewing!
I think I picked this style dress because I saw my now ex-boss wearing this type of dress and I really dug it.
A shirt dress.
Oh my waspy little waist!
Pattern: 4/2010 Shirt Dress #116 by BurdaStyle
Fabric: Some hot pink seer sucker from Fabric.com
Notes: Oh where to start!
This is the second BurdaStyle pattern I've sewn. The first one had seam allowances built into the pattern. This one did not. (Most of the BurdaStyle patterns don't seem to have seams..ha ha!). I compensated for this buy cutting for a size larger than I needed and using mainly 1/2 seams except on the side seams where I used a 5/8" seam.
It's not bad. A bit bulkier than I'd like but shifty and cool. I think the general fit stays true to the original pattern.
The only problem with sewing it the way I sewed it were the bust darts.
They're a little too low. Ah well. It's not like the girls are getting perkier in their old age!
Some of the things I learned doing this pattern were how to sew a yoke on a shirt. I used this tutorial to figure it out since I find Burda patterns (all two of them that I've done!) kind of scant with the instructions.
And I got more practice sewing a stand collar. This is the fourth shirt-collared item I've made and this is my best collar yet!
One of the things I didn't like about this pattern was the fact that it neglected to tell you that it's actually a pattern for a shirt AND a shirt dress. So there are options for long sleeves. That took me a minute to figure out.
Additionally, there's no pattern piece for the belt. They show it on the layout diagram, but it's not there.
Not a big deal though. It's a belt.
Overall I gotta say I love this dress!
Finally I'd like to give a shout out to my lovely assistant Moochie--
Who kept the floor warm for me while I finished this!!