This is the descriptively named Shift Dress with Slits from the February 2015 issue of Burdastyle. I liked the picture in the magazine and, despite having some reservations, leapt on the cocoon-shaped dress trend bandwagon.
The final result has me feeling rather underwhelmed. Actually very underwhelmed now I compare my dress with the magazine picture. Images of Moomintrolls spring to mind...
|A Moomintroll Source|
Oh dear. The poor lighting isn't helping either. I had a camera problem, combined with a dog barking at new Guinea pig problem resulting in a rather shouty neighbour and a less-than-stellar photo session.
I wanted a winter dress, so chose some ponte pieces from my stash that went together. The grey was used for the main part of the dress, some black and white spots for the under sleeves and front neckline facing and some grey spots for the shoulders, upper sleeves and side panels. The grey spot with random black lines was a very thick and weird fabric I had bought at an op shop ages ago. I have no idea what I was thinking as it's more like something you would cover car seats with than make clothes from. Anyway, the colour went so I used it. I probably should have given it back to the op shop instead.
The lines of this pattern are quite interesting. I like how the side and shoulder panels meet under the arm (below) and how the pockets are incorporated into the side panel.
I incorporated the slits in the front hemline, but omitted the ones in the sleeves as I wanted this to be warm. I added small cuffs instead.
Now, I don't hate this dress, but I don't love it either and I can't quite decide why. I think the shape is not the best on me and looks oversized, even though I went down a size from my usual Burda size for this dress. I have this urge to take in the side seams, but that would spoil the nice seam lines at the sides. I also wonder about the colour. It's a bit bland and pale-looking, although this could be the fault of the black tights and boots.
I am on the verge of chopping it off into a jumper. I would lose the pockets, but keep the shape and seam lines. I could put a band around the hem to match the cuffs, or not. I wonder whether it would look more sporty and less Moomin as a jumper. I would love to hear suggestions and I will post an update with the final decision.
Hmmm, what to do?