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DID IT MYSELF: Yellow Dress (+ pattern review)

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Hello Darlings!

The calendar is showing that the spring is coming closer and closer, and I started to notice that I am adding more and more bright colors to my wardrobe – I think it’s the ultimate sign that I am done with winter and need more sunshine, ha!

Just so happens that I remembered this yellow dress, made using a Burda pattern from 06/2013 issue – definitely a ray of sunshine, isn’t it? I made this dress sometime ago and it was laying in my closet waiting for a right moment to come – well, I guess the wait is over and I should definitely give it a try this week πŸ™‚

The most interesting thing about this dress is the pattern – though it may not look like it from the first glance, but this dress a challenging, trust me! Those inserts look easy on paper, but in reality it took me quite a few tries until I got those corners right. Also, because of those inserts, the fitting of the dress was rather problematic, as everything had to be matched at the side, meaning I had to be very careful with alterations. But all in all this pattern was very fun to make – the more challenging, the better!

If you have been reading my blog since beginning, you might remember this dress (or parts of it, for that matter) being in two of my tutorials:

HOW TO SEW: Armhole In a Sleeveless Dress (video tutorial)

andΒ HOW TO SEW: A Totally Invisible Stitch (Step By Step Tutorial)

Let’s take a deeper look at those inserts I was talking about – can you see how sharp the corners look like?

The secret to achieving such sharpness is that you have to stitch all away till the corner, let the needle down, turn the fabric to other direction and then continue to stitch. After the seam is done, you have to cut the corner open, so that it stays nice and does not wrinkle. Here’s how it looks from the wrong side:

Those inserts look spectacular from the side and I regret a little bit that I did not do a color blocking on this dress to show off them more. I am really proud of how they turned out – perfectly sharp corners and nicely matched seams (all with lots of trial and error, of course :))!

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For the lining, I went with white option, as the main fabric is a little bit see-through and I needed to cover it.

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I also like how the neckline turned out – again, I used my trusted method that I mentioned in my earlier postΒ DID IT MYSELF: Instantly Favourite Dress (+ Sewing Tips!)

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All in all I really liked this dress and I would like to repeat this pattern sometime in the future as well.

Wish you all a nice productive week!

Best wishes, Julie

 

 

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I finally made a dress with exposed zipper (+ Burda pattern review)

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Good evening Darlings!

I think I am the last person to jump the exposed zipper bandwagon – the trend started five or even more years ago, but I just now came around making something with it (better late than never, right?). To bring even more details to the design, I decided to skip regular dress shape and go for a “looks like I am wearing an additional blouse on top” look (a.k.a., crop top) for a simple, yet elegant office wear.

For the top part of the dress I used the Burda Style magazine 12/2013 pattern 130 (unfortunately, I only managed to find the pattern here online, as it seems international Burda Style website does not have this design available). I also added sleeves (it’s freezingly cold here during winter season, sleeves are more of a must than a style at this point) and changed the bottom part to simple straight skirt, instead of the gathered versioned offered in Burda (have a feeling they would not have looked nicely on my hips – as I pear-shaped figure owner, I have to pick those bottoms carefully!).

The assemble of the dress is quite easy (made it in an evening or so), but I had a little trouble making sure that the zipper is installed straight and in the middle. The fabric is knit, so most of the seams were finished with a 4-thread overlock.

Overall the dress was a success and I received several compliments on it at the office. However, this fabric and design requires extra attention when washing and ironing, so I am not sure if it will be my frequent clothing choice.

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A few photos from the making of the dress (p.s. I love watching something while sewing, for example Wendy Williams show, as during making of this dress πŸ™‚Β 

Best of wishes and have a great upcoming week!

Julie

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DID IT MYSELF: Blue Party Dress

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Hi Everyone!

Though I like making dresses, party dresses are not my thing – I’d rather spend time making something that I’ll get use of wearing every week to work, thank spending same time on a dress I’ll wear once or twice for a celebration. That being said, I have a rule to own at least one party dress at all times, so that when I get the invitation I can easily pick it from the closet without spending extra time thinking β€œwhat to wear”. Through all special occasions last year I wore this red number, but when the celebrations started to repeat itself (like annual companies party) I needed a new one and this is how this blue beauty came to be.

The dress is made from stretchy fabrics, so I had to include extra constructional steps (such as interfacing, lining and stabiliser) to give it a more defined shape and make it look like a special occasion dress, rather than an everyday dress. Sewing tip here is simple: when adding interfacing and lining to stretchy fabrics, make sure they all are stretchy, otherwise it will be recipe for disaster. Β 

This pattern is drafted by me, but if you would like to make one yourself, Β Burda has a very similar one here and I also posted a tutorial on adding a high-low hemline half circle skirt to any dress here.

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And here are a few photos of me wearing the dress in the event:

Have a nice Sunday evening!

Best regards,

Julie