The polka, stripe, floral pattern bonanza happening in my wardrobe had reached crisis point. Time to bust out some basics. Some warm basics. Too much practicality in one post? Maybe!
I love the library. I have borrowed a few Burdastyle issues from our local over the last few months and have traced a few patterns but have only made one up. This time round, I got 02/2014 and it has so many good base patterns that I traced and made straight away! AND I remembered to add the seam allowance.
Basic Knit Pencil Dress
Fabric: Poly Double Knit from Knit Wit. Breaking all of my fabric buying rules!
Tidbits: I used the shift dress part of the pattern and traced the 38 and lengthen the sleeves. I made a few alterations before sewing the long sleeved version – added 5cm at the waist, straightened the waist curve a little and moved the shoulders out by 1cm and across by a couple of mm. Turns out I didn’t need the shoulder adjustment with this fabric, and I took the arms and waist in by a couple of cms here and there. This pretty much means that the pattern would have been a good fit with just a length adjustment. Sweet, wonder if this will apply to all Burda patterns?
I was conflicted about the use of this dress. Largely I want it to wear as a layering piece and possibly for use at work but I liked the length short. A poll on instagram concurred and I went ahead and chopped 20cm off the length. In a stroke of genius I realised I could make a sleeveless version that would meet a more demure length requirement with the remnant fabric and the chopped off 20cm!
I was very disciplined and traced the changes I made to the pattern back on to my master before cutting the second short sleeveless version. I think the fit is better, not that I hate the first one!
Lessons: I think those wrinkles in the back of the two makes means I may need to add a sway back adjustment to my pattern next time. I guess this means I take the waist in a little more on the back piece? I think I have the sleeveless dress on crooked (a rushed interchange!) as there is less bunching on this one in real life, promise!
Score: 4/5 A bit ho hum but I have worn these ladies every day since making so far! Separately, under things and together.