Saturday, April 28, 2007

Some Sewing...

My ledger is a little empty of completed projects. But here are two Burda patterns from last month - one hopeful and one loser:

Burda 7907

I made View B as a muslin for View C - the dress with the wide straps. The muslin looks awful frumpy on me, doesn't it? But it's actually a good look.

I lengthened the bust piece vertically and widened the lower curved portion of it. The widening was actually too much and the resulting gathers are just too thick even for the thin muslin fabric.
On the other hand, I could have lengthened the piece by 3/8" more.

This is the line drawing:

The shape of the decolletage is really pretty on me and with the wider straps, I believe the dress, in a mid-weight cotton, will be a winner for summer.

And the loser:

Burda 8269

This is the plus version of 8407. I haven't compared the two to see if the hip curves are more emphasized on the plus version.

I cut this out in a size 46 last summer, from a stretch velveteen. I'd washed and dried the fabric, which gave it a (permanent) crushed look.

The lines are really interesting and the trumpet shape should be a winner on an hourglass figure like mine. But it looked so awful on me. Maybe it's the length. The curve around the hips, followed by the flare around the calves just emphasized fat curvy to my eyes, instead of luscious curvy.

From this angle, it looks good doesn't it, but from the front, I just looked wide. I could make it in a drapier fabric, but then the lines would be lost, so the pattern is getting moved to a better place.

Btw - this makes Fabric Mart bundle fabrics 0 for 5. I think I should jettison all the bundles I got from them. No matter how nice, they just have never worked for me. I don't know if it's guilt from buying so much or lack of respect for their neverending yards, but they all end up duds.


  1. Laura7:06 PM

    I really like the look of the finished top muslin (that will become a dress). I'll have to take a look @ that Burda pattern - are the straps wide enough to wear a regular bra with?

  2. Laura, The straps are supposed to be closer in than how I put them. So I think they'll be fine with a regular bra.

  3. I think the skirt is too long. It ends at the widest part of your calf, so it hides any shape your legs would have. Try on a few different lengths of skirts and take photos of each - you might find that a skirt that hits you just below your knee will be a lot more flattering on you.

  4. Touran, I think the skirt has great potential. If you bring the hem up as suggested, with the right top it very much showcases your curves.