Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Unnecessarily complicated dress ...

I made this dress last weekend and it has hung on Vera all week as I wrestled with the closure issue. This is BWOF 01-08-121 and I'm disappointed that you can no longer access the BWOF archives for the line drawings.
The reason this was unnecessarily complicated is that although this is essentially a wrap dress, it requires an open end zip to keep it closed. I used a stretch cotton, so I needed to stabilise the fabric under the zipper. I used a length of cotton tape on the inside. On the right side, the zip attaches under the facing, which pulled the facing out, so I had to stitch the facing down. The facing itself was an issue as it really isn't wide enough. If you make this dress, I would suggest either widening the facing or completly lining the dress. I ended up retro inserting a lining to the fronts only. As usual, the pictures in the magazine don't give much clue to how this dress actually sits, so I made it sit how I like it best and this is it. It had a self fabric tie belt in the magazine, but I intend to make a black obi belt from an old pattern I have. In the meantime, I used this black belt to see how it looked. I really like this dress, which is odd because I didn't really like this fabric and I was beginning to wonder why I bought it - now I'm glad I did!
Here's a shot of the last dress on me. You can't see the detail I wanted to show, but you get a really good look at my iron and Molly. I've got to work on this photography business ...
There's a christmas dress half made you might get to see tomorrow.

8 comments:

vanessa said...

Hi I get all the line and photos for the mag and save them to Evernote. I've tagged this dress as a future project. I find this russian magazine site the best place for the images. The link for this dress is www.osinka.ru/Zhurnaly/2008/burda/burda_01/slides/15.html
Great dress! Vanessa

cidell said...

I srsly need to save my line drawings too. I keep them in a binder. But not digitally. I've been seeing a software engineer and he said he'd write a program for me to search them. But, I'm not willing to do the work myself!
http://www.burdafashion.com/ru/index/1270777-1463237-1579053-1579056-1579150-1579152.html

Russian archives go back to 2006 I think. Or, they used to.

This dress is also one I had in mind. I love January 2008. I've seen about four or five garments from that one alone!

AngelatheCreativeDiva said...

I love both of your dresses. But you know I'm partial to animal prints! I haven't the patience to try a Burda pattern...yet.

Sharon said...

Great dresses and you have made it work for you so well done. Good to see Molly.

kbenco said...

Your dresses are looking good. I love the neckline on the animal print dress.
I have been coveting that Jan 08 burda issue for some time, it has some great patterns.
I use the French Burda site for the line drawings, because I find it easier to work out what the garment titles are in French than in the Russian site that seems to come up with the issues first
http://www.burdafashion.com/fr/Magazines/burda_Style/1270777-1000019.html
It is set up like the old English site so is pretty easy to navigate for the drawings.

Marie said...

The dress looks great. I had a look on the russian site (in google translate) so I could see where the zip could go.

Thanks for pointing out the dress to me - sometimes I need to see it made up in something different to see the potential.

Audrey said...

I liked this dress so much I dug out my Jan 2008 issue to look at it. Where did you get the fantastic fabric? I was going to tell you about the Burda archives on the countries sites but quite a few people beat me to it.

Gail said...

Love the collar on your new dress and the fabric to fantastic!