The dress was made for my daughter (that's her and our mochi "Jayjay" in the photo), in an effort to build her wardrobe of stylish black clothes (also see the Peephole top made for her). Why black? Because this year she is studying make-up artistry and the dress code is black. But black doesn't have to = boring, right! Lace is all in, so a lace dress it was at the top of the list.
Early in the year I has purchased (on impulse) the 09/2012 edition of Burda Style magazine and it so happens that the front cover is a lace dress - perfect starting point I thought.
I hadn't actually traced a Burda pattern from their magazine before. Even though I had sewn other Burda patterns I thought it would be good to start with an 'easy' pattern while I get acclimatised to the magazine instructions, which by the way I read more than a few times to really understand what it was saying.
I was all set to whip this up in a day, easy pattern, lace would be underlined with a cotton and sewn as one, couple of darts and a zip. So straight forward I didn't even bother to make a muslin.
Well ... then the customisation requests began. "Can the underlining stop above my boobs; can there only be lace across my chest; it must have sleeves (dress code) - but lace only sleeves; can it hug my body, I don't want it to just hang".
No problem - I put two darts in the back to give it a fitting silhouette and ran the side seams in a little. I traced the sweetheart neckline from the Cambie bodice and shaped the underlining, tacking the lace to the underlining around the top of the sweetheart neckline. At this stage I thought I was doing great. We were up to the next fitting so I could see everything was sitting in place before I tackled the top of the dress. Yep, construction didn't go according to the instructions because usually you would sew the shoulder seams first, but I had to leave the shoulder seams until now.
|It does fit better - but she insisted on holding the dog!|
|It's quite hard to photograph this lace!|
I may have started this project back at the beginning of April but because I finished it in May, I wonder if that counts towards the Burda Style Sew Along May 2013? I hope so :-) Although there is another that I want to make.