The August 2014 issue of Burdastyle has some lovely patterns. This one caught my eye straight away. I like that it looks like quite a smart outfit, but is really a breezy, comfortable dress.
I made the whole dress from linen. The top is white linen bought in Bali and the skirt is thicker, blue linen from Spotlight, left over from my Wyome jeans. The linen is looking rather crumpled in these pictures but, not being much of an ironer, I'm used to the crumpled look. I did actually iron this dress before wearing it, but kids and hospital visits* and lunch and beach happened and this is the result.
*My lovely Dad has had major surgery, but is doing very well.
The lines of the dress are very appealing. The diagonal seams of the wrap front continue into the skirt and incorporate pockets. The cross-over part of the bodice is stitched down most the the way as it was gaping.
The skirt back has vertical seams which continue down from the darts in the bodice. The bodice has side seams, but the skirt does not.
The sizing for this pattern is 'petite', designed for a height of 160cm. Having never used this sizing for Burdastyle patterns before, I chose a size 20 based on my measurements.
I am around 175cm tall, so added some length to the bodice and skirt pieces. The first time I wore this dress, I decided the proportions were wrong, so whipped it off, removed the skirt and raised it to the level originally intended by the pattern. I also took the dress in at the sides. Conclusion: make one size smaller than my measurements in regular and petite Burdastyle patterns.
As I made it, I had a fit of misled inspiration and halved the height of the crown. The hat now perches unsteadily on the very top of my head and flies off at the merest hint of a breeze.
However, I am rather chuffed with the frayed edge detail on the hat, so will make a new crown and try to stick to the pattern next time.
As for the dress, it's very me. I love it and will wear it a lot this summer.