We've been having a bit of a technological meltdown in our house where everything electronic has been crashing. Fortunately the sewing machine has not heard about this yet and is fine (frantically touch wood). Anyway, This post is brought to you from a very old computer with pictures taken on a digital camera I bought pre-kids. It must be at least 12 years old and still going strong - are you listening modern digital SLR??
Anyway, a few months ago, I stopped in at a sale of Leona Edmiston designer dresses in the city. It wasn't the dresses I was after though. What lured me in was the fine print of the ad promising discounted offcuts of fabric. I rummaged through the offcut offerings and found a few interesting pieces that I got for $5 each. One was this black boucle. I've never sewn anything with boucle before and I changed my mind several times about what to make with it. There wasn't enough for a jacket. Then, when I got my April 2013 Burdastyle and saw this dress (No 109A), my decision was made.
|Pattern available for download from Burda|
I managed to just squeeze the dress (size 38) from my oddly-shaped offcut. I used some black satiny fabric for the neckline to reduce bulk and provide some textural contrast. The dress is lined with bright red, lightweight cotton from some Ikea curtains I never used.
I think the dress is quite flattering and is very easy to wear. The main problem I had was that the neckline was choking me it was so tight. I was constantly pulling the dress forward so I could breathe. There's only so much I will sacrifice for fashion. Oxygen is not on that list.
After about half an hour of gasping, I whipped the dress off and made the satin part of the neckline thinner to enlarge the opening a bit. This helped, but is still not ideal. I have to be careful not to sit down too quickly. The armholes are quite low, but I quite like this and they still hide my bra (which I adjusted to a crossover back for wearing with this dress). I left out the side zip.
Overall, not perfect, not bad but certainly wearable. I'm happy enough with it for $5. The boucle is probably a bit thick for the dress to hang and flatter properly. I would recommend a thinner fabric more like the Burda example.
I wore the dress like this for the day and then with a leather jacket on into the night as I was offered a last-minute ticket to Ballet Revolucion (a predominantly male, ballet and contemporary dance group from Cuba) and didn't have time to get changed. The show was fantastic - the dancing, the bodies, the music, the bodies, the hair, did I mention the bodies. Phwoar!!
|Ballet Revolucion - Source|