Why would anyone want to add a little saddle-bag action to their dress at the hips? I’m not sure but this seemed like a good idea many months back when I picked out Burda’s Jersey Dress, 10/2013 #112, to sew.
I think the saddlebags are just fine…but, I haven’t got much going on in the hip area in the first place.
I started sewing this dress a long time ago, but it got put aside into the Too Frustrated to Deal Anymore pile*. I had everything sewn together except the sleeves…but the armholes were a big hot mess, all floppy and clearly way too big. I cut a 36 and it came out huge; I spent a LOT of time nipping and tucking and hacking back and resewing to get it down to size. In fact, I have two leftover pieces that I *think* maybe were supposed to form part of the skirt (who knows? Burda’s instructions will never tell), but apparently weren’t needed after all the reduction surgery.
My favourite thing about this dress is this beee-yoooo-teeful ponte knit print fabric I found at my local Fabricland. Score! I was very worried I had squandered it all on this pattern until I finally was able to finish sewing it reasonably well despite the sizing and extra pattern pieces challenge. One armhole is definitely still off — I have to give the sleeve a tug every once in a while to get the shoulder seam to sit in the right place — but I haven’t got any idea how I might have fixed that better. It’s worth it to me to do the tugging-at-my-dress thing to be able to show off this gorgeous jewel-tone blue fabric.
Here are Burda’s variations on this pattern. I love them both for different reasons. The pink version (#112) looks so soft and lovely I just want to wrap my arms around the woman wearing it and whisper in her ear, “My dear, soft creature, why are you wearing shoes that are clearly 6 sizes too big for you?”
And this military-style version (#111) is right up my alley…if you’ve seen my recent makes you know I am a sucker for any type of colourblocking or contrast trim. It has an exposed zipper up the back which also makes me happy…in theory, at least. I don’t have a happy history adding exposed zippers to jersey dresses.
*So what’s in your Too Frustrated to Deal Anymore pile? I’ve put a few half-sewn things into Time Out there. I’m finding if I wait long enough, I surprise myself with what’s in there, and get inspired to try to finish something off. Here are some of my things currently in Time Out:
This peplum biker jacket. The sleeves are painfully tight and need to be ripped out and redone. I also used a shitload of fabric glue to stick those faux-leather strips on (I haven’t stitched them yet), and they’re all stiff as a board now. I don’t know if I can soften up that glue or not. We’ll see.
This jersey dress. The neckline is one hot floppy mess. Must rip out neckline and resew, if the fabric will take the abuse.
This snake-print tent dress. This is actually the pattern that got me started sewing again a couple of years ago. I wandered into a fabric shop in Portland, Oregon and for some strange reason was inspired enough to buy this pattern even though I hadn’t sewn for at least ten years. When I got back to Toronto I found some similar snake-print fabric and cut out size 10 (the smallest size), and proceeded to sew up a two-man tent with room for storing firewood. This thing is gigantic. It needs some serious reduction surgery. But am I really going to wear a snake-print tent dress? Really?