This is my version of the Short Sleeve Sheath Dress 04/2017 #107 from BurdaStyle.
But let’s talk about this fabric for a moment, shall we?!? I am LOVING. THIS. FABRIC. My camera has a hard time reproducing colours in the red-pink range accurately but it’s definitely a lovely magenta and indigo blue — two of my favourite colours. It’s a cotton-spandex-rayon blend jersey knit with ikat print I bought from Girl Charlee (no affiliation). And honey, it’s currently on sale for $3.75 per yard, and at the time I’m writing this they have over 700 yards in stock. (There is a also a coral and navy version of the same print, if that’s more your jam.) So go buy *all the yards*, and show me what you make with it!
I bought three yards, and my $11.25 order cost $18.90 to ship to Canada <ANGRY SIGH>. But! I figured the total cost of $30.15 US was actually worth it for 3 yards of this great fabric. Those gorgeous, saturated colours survived the prewash quite well. The weight of the fabric (they describe it as 8oz light- to mid-weight) is perfect for this dress, and with the leftovers I’ll make some kind of flowy t-shirt or tank.
Just when you think ruching is meant to disguise a multitude of sins, you realize it can actually emphasize the roundness of a slight potbelly. <RESIGNED SIGH> I wonder if I should have taken in the side seams for tighter fit around the belly to mitigate this? However, I had already fussed with 3 separate episodes of ruched-side-seam ripping and resewing so it’s not like I’m gonna do it again! Regardless, I still feel like a million bucks in this dress.
I modified the design slightly to make it sleeveless — the original version has short sleeves — and to include slits at each side of the skirt. I also had to trim down the size 36 (the smallest size available) to fit my smaller frame, especially in that upper back piece. Instead of using bias strip finishes around the back opening and armscyes as directed, I just folded over the seam allowance and stitched with a twin needle.
I’m not entirely convinced I got the hem length right…maybe it should be shortened by an inch or two. What do you think?
Is there a prize for awkward modelling? I was losing my balance here like the graceful swan that I am. lol
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