This dress is more of a remake than a new make….. Whenever I go clothes shopping, I always check out the sale rack for any gems. The black and white fabric design really caught my eye – it’s a thick knit, similar to a pointe or double knit fabric. It was a large size for a very small price! So I picked it up in the hope that it would be useful for cutting up.
I cut the original apart at the seams ( It was a plain shift shape with bust darts). I left the dress intact at the shoulders so that I could use the original neckline. After pressing, I pinned my pattern pieces with the shoulders sewing line aligning with the dress shoulders and then cut it out.
I used a Burda pattern to make this: Shift dress 107
The pattern matching at the back is atrocious ! but that’s the original centre back seam, including the zipper, so I’ll just have to get over it! I also kept the original sleeves and just re-cut the sleeve heads as per the burda pattern.
The dress has a lovely relaxed fit , without being too baggy. The shaped darts are very flattering – but difficult to make out in this fabric (I’ve outlined a dart in red below)
I have worn this dress so much already – it looks great with thick tights and boots and I really want to make another one (or two!).But, I’m having trouble tracking down similar fabric – does anyone have suggestions or links to a good source of thick (preferably patterned) knit fabric. I’ve found lots of plain pointe, or else more black and white sweatshirt weight fabric, but nothing suitable yet, so any help appreciated 🙂
Till next time 🙂
The Burda Challenge 2015 entails making something from each months issue of Burdastyle Magazine and then sharing it online. These are the Culottes from the illustrated sewing section in the April issue of Burdastyle – a little late to the blog!
Although people’s opinions vary on whether they really are culottes, or if they are (as said by a friend ) “just really wide pants”?
I think I’d like them better if they were more like a skirt around the legs. As they are now, they look quite straight. Although they are very similar to this example of culottes found on ASOS:
They have pleats at the waist, which I ended up stitching down by a few inches
But even so they still stick out a little – I used a suiting weight fabric, a lighter fabric would drape better.
They are a little high-waisted too, so look best with a cropped top. High heels are a definite too. With flat sandals they just looked disastrous ( see ASOS example above!). When hemming these, I pinned them to be parallel to the ground as due to the width they looked to dip lower at the inner legs.
They were a straightforward make and the instructions are very clear. If I was to make these again I’d go for a fabric with more drape and add some width from the hips down.
A list of blogs participating in the Burda Challenge 2015 can be found here:
Hi there, I know it’s May, (the weeks have flown by!) but somehow I’m still stuck on my skirt from February’s Burdastyle! I didn’t find anything I liked in the March issue, but I have made culottes from the April issue, which should show up here soon…
In the meantime – I’m finally finished with my blue wrap skirt.
I machine embroidered some leftover fabric and then cut out the pockets.
Embroidery in progress
My Pfaff is about nine years old, but it’s working fine. The only issue is the software is outdated and only works on an old desktop running Windows 2000 or xp ( forgotten which one?). This means waiting a looooong while for the computer to sluggishly boot – normally time to make a cuppa.!
I rarely use my embroidery machine for clothing – it’s normally used for gifts or interior sewing. I’m always conscious that it could look like I made the garment from an old tablecloth!!
But I didn’t think it could make the skirt any worse, so what the heck.
Positioning the pockets
The pockets are topstitched in place:
Now that I’ve added some colour to the skirt it’s much nicer to wear, and easier to match with other clothes. Definitely an improvement!
Next up are some culottes – they’ve gotten some bemused looks around here, but I’m kind of pleased with them. Once I get a picture, you can make up your own mind….!
I put my blue skirt aside to work on a quick make – again from the February Burdastyle Magazine – it’s the cropped top style 127
Cropped top… No thanks…. I’d freeze! The sun might have appeared the last few days… but it’s still an Irish spring! So I lengthened mine – 4cm above the dart and another 7cm onto the hem.
I had traced this at the same time as my blue skirt. (… Which btw I have started to like again – pockets are in progress).
I used french seams on the sides and shoulders. And then overlocked and turned back the armhole seam.
I bound the neckline and continued it into a button loop at the back neck:
I quite like the shaped armhole seam, which I topstitched down-
I used a lightweight fabric that isn’t very drapey – not surprising since this isn’t apparel fabric! It’s cut from a curtain voile remnant.
I thought it was sticking out too much at the back, so instead of closing the centre back, I added a thread chain and two buttons –
I’m wearing it with along sleeve top underneath, but it looks quite nice on it’s own too…. when it’s warmer maybe!
Thanks everyone for all your helpful comments on my last post. My posed photo didn’t show enough detail so I’m posting some extra skirt photos that I took on my dressform.
A little note if you plan to make this – I really think it benefits from the belt loops:
It has been very comfortable to wear in comparison to another wrap skirt I own. With the other skirt, I’ve had the problem of the tie-belt slipping above the waistband every time I sat down. Whereas it stays put on this skirt thanks to the loops.
As mentioned in some comments (and I agree), it needs to be styled differently and worn with a more fitted top. I also plan to attach the pockets ( and maybe add some colour with embroidery?) But in the meantime here’s how it looks – Back view first:
Below you can see that the back pleat is stitched closed at the top half of the skirt:
The faux wrap portion of the skirt :
And here it is opened back:
So there you go, hope that gives a clearer idea of how this looks made up! till next time xx