I've made this dress for christmas. I have a party to attend next week at a very fancy restaurant on the Hobart waterfront and this was a perfect marriage of pattern and fabric. Burda used a two sided fabric for the short version and suggested using the reverse side for the side panels. I remembered this fabric and knew it would be just right for this project. The fabric is from the very popular Vera Wang selection that was sold on Fabric.com a couple of years ago. I bought this because I love the shades of green, but was a little dismayed when it arrived as it has a hand somewhere between cheap taffeta and ripstop nylon. I had no idea what I could possibly make with it, so I put it away and tried not to think about it.
This is BWOF 05-11-108. The long version was too long and the short version was too short, so I cut it exatly half way between. It's a size 19, which I think is a petite-ed size 38. I could have lengthened the bodice but I didn't and it fits almost perfectly. It stands out as you see (and the same as the short one in the magazine) all on its own. The fabric curled slightly at the edges and although the seams pressed nicely, it is hard to press the crushes out. It doesn't show up very well, but I used the dark side for the front panels and the light side for the front panels. I haven't hemmed it yet. I lined this fully with an olive green poly cotton from stash. I wavered between a poly charmeuse and the poly cotton and eventually decided to go with the poly cotton because the fabric is so stiff I thought I'd prefer something softer close to my skin.
I was surprised at how much I like this dress and how good it looks on. I have a lot of this fabric leftover, though. Any suggestions?