Hmm, maybe I'm being a bit harsh on this poor dress. Look at my grumpy face!
It actually looks pretty nice on but it was a whole world of pain to make.
I bought the Burda Handbook after seeing Casey's lovely dress from it. I had been looking for a simple boat neck summer dress, ideally striped, and I thought this would fit the bill! The whole aesthetic of the book is about making your own variations of their simple patterns and I was so inspired I dived (dove?) straight in! I decided to leave out the contrast bands and use the basic shape of the dress, but as I wanted a boat neck, I traced the Colette Peony pattern neckline.
After working on the bodice toile for a few days and doing my usual length adjustments (2.5" on the bodice, 3" on the skirt) and tweaking the princess seams I was ready to cut. I chose a striped seersucker in shade of blue (I almost bought a similar fabric with a colourway called "Crystal Meth" - interesting naming there, Fabricland!) as I wanted to try playing with cutting the stripes in different directions. Pattern specified 4.5m of fabric, which seemed like a lot (my as yet unblogged circle dress used less, but I thought I'd be cautious! I think it actually used about 3m of what I bought, so I have a lot left over)
It was originally going to be called the Opening Ceremony dress as I cut it out in a spirit of optimism during the Olympic Opening Ceremony. But disaster was looming!
The bodice came together well, despite the usual Burda odd instructions that don't match the item you are making! Fabric was fraying quite badly and seemed to be stretching slightly more than I had expected since there was no apparent stretch in it. But it was OK.
Skirt was attached and that was where the main problems started. Not sure that cutting the skirt with horizontal stripes was the most flattering option, or the gathers at the side of the skirt which make my hips look huge, but I ploughed on!
I have never had a problem with an invisible zip before but this was was a biggie! I put the zip in to discover the back neckline was an odd shape and hung out at the back. Possibly neckline darts would have been an easier solution but hindsight is a wonderful thing! Unpicked the zip, took out the excess fabric and reattached the zip. Which wouldn't do up. So I took it out again and put it back in. By this time, the fraying fabric was shredded and the zip still wouldn't do up. I then broke it trying!
Another zip was purchased and finally went in OK. Managed to cover up most of the shredded bits by taking it in a bit at the centre back and all was well.
But why the belt you may ask? By the time the hem was finished, the bodice of the dress seemed to have stretched in length and so was a bit too long (and dropped waists are not my best shape).
I trimmed the waist seam allowance with pinking shears and cut into the fabric of the dress! On both sides. Which the belt covers up.
So it is definitely the Disaster dress. Or maybe the Perseverance dress!
However I did learn lots - moving away from a patterns and making changes to get the style the way I want it, more fitting experience, paying closer attention to fabric choice, covering up mistakes. And I got some good practice in with the seam ripper too!