Monday, June 27, 2011

June challenge dress 2 - Burda 101

It's the last week of June and I miss two more dresses! Don't worry, one is done and the last one is already cut and ready to be sewn.
This, instead, is dress number 2, for which I used pattern 101 from Burda 02/2011. This pattern was quite successful among bloggers, so you probably might have already seen it.

I modified the front bust part by pivoting the darts (I used Gertie's tutorial). I wanted to create a chevron effect and I am satisfied with the result, although the subtle stripes of the fabric I used did not give the dramatic effect I would have preferred. So I used piping on the neckline and arm openings and I sewed a band on the hem with the stripes going in the opposite direction.
I like this dress, although not nearly as my previous one. The fit is good, but not excellent: when I lean forward there's a BIG gap between my bust and the dress, which is something I also really hate in RTW garments. I guess I should start to make FBA on my patterns... Do you have any suggestions?
It looks better belted, but of course I forgot to take a photo with a belt on.

Speaking of photos, I really care about the quality of the images on my blog and that's why I'm really disappointed with this photoshoot. My brother kindly borrowed my camera without asking, so I had to shoot with my old crappy point-and-shoot camera. Plus, I went hiking on the Alps yesterday, so you can see from my weitd facial expressions that I was pretty exhausted, but it was so worth it, since I got to see places like this one:

I also got a very ugly sunburn on my shoulders, which you'll see on Wednesday, when I'll show you my third dress. Bye, for now!


  1. Wow ! You did a really interesting job with the stripes and darts. The bodice is really great. Now I will have to sew this dress again and try your alterations on mine...

  2. Love your dress! It was really clever of you to pivot the darts to play with the stripes. I also often have that problem that the neckline gapes when I lean forward. I always make a muslin first and then pinch away as much as possible in the neckline in the form of a dart, which I then shift to the bust/waist/etc. darts. Also on commerical patterns I always make FBAs, but I still pinch away farbic at the neckline, depending on how deep the neckline is. Maybe I should post a tutorial on this, now that I come to think of it. Anyways, well done for your second June Challenge dress!!! Yeah!

  3. Sooooo cute! I really like the front darts and the hem detail with the stripes! Really, really nice!

  4. @charlotteauzou
    I'm glad you liked it and I'm looking forward to seeing your version! :)

    That's very clever, thank you so much for sharing. If you could make the tutorial, I'm sure it would be helpful for many people!
    Maybe I should also experiment a bit with a bodice with princess seams, maybe I could get a better fit. Why must it be so hard for us busty girls? :)

  5. Really nice alterations with the darts! I have this dress already cut waiting for sewing in Amy Butler's light green Trailig Cherry :)

  6. i like it ! so nice and simle looking!

  7. I like it! Made one too from this pattern but I should've used a different fabric...
    The picture from the alps wasn't taken in switzerland by any chance? Looks a little like the Gotthard Pass :)

  8. @Nina
    The photo was taken here in Italy, close to the French border. I'm lucky enough to live in place that is quite close to both the seaside and the mountains. :)

  9. Oh, this is amazing! Love the way you used the fabric.

  10. love it! the stripes and color and everything are amazing!

  11. Im a little late to this post but I just had to comment to say how much I love this dress!