It was last day of school holidays today and my son and I went to see Shaun the Sheep, have some sushi and gelato down our suburb (we live 10 minutes walk in opposite directions to two independent cinemas so it's cheap and close!). I wore my new dress ... I've been struggling to feel it is finished so I hadn't worn it till today.
I made Burda 7231 about 4 weeks ago for our seemingly endless summer. Looks perfect for a long hot summer but it is deceiving. Maybe I should have taken more notice of "young" on the envelope. I made it from some rayon I bought late last year at East Coast Fabrics. I really love the purple/grey with the flowers... one of my 4 sisters (or was it my niece?) said it looked like curtains! Hmph! No hand made things for them.
The dress is a very loose fitting, blousy halter top with elastic in the back. Seemed so easy - and it is to sew it up - but the top part does not fit well at all, and I cannot see how to make it fit better. The bodice crosses over and it gapes at the neckline. If I pull it a bit tighter it just pulls under my arms and feels tight. Ive put the elastic in twice. Once looser and this time tighter, but neither way has made the top fit better.
I've tried pinning the bodice closed (how it is now), with the ties tied up at the front, pinned it with cross straps at the back but it just doesn't want to sit nicely. Due to the looseness of the dress didn't need an FBA but what it needs I do not know.
I didn't have enough fabric to make the skirt as per the pattern so I just made a gathered rectangle of the width of the fabric and then I put the leftover length as a frill on the bottom. This frill makes the dress fun to wear... swishing very nicely when I walk. So really other than the bodice I guess it isn't really this pattern.
My son took the photos and directed me to get the "swishing" of my dress. I'm really happy with his photo taking skills and if I can convince him, I'll get him to do more of my photography as it is better than my attempts at the piano or back deck. These look like I feel I look... instead of the stiff unnatural ones I take.
It was 30 degrees today (as I sit here at 10.16pm it is 27 degrees!) so it is indeed an endless summer but one that will cool down tomorrow if the forecast is correct.
See the gape and tightness at the arms. I've pinned the front together to see if I should just sew it down or maybe I'll just make it a strapless and be done with it.
The dress swishing at my feet!