With the biting, cold weather that has been coming our way lately, I thought a few new sweater dresses or rather garments were in order. The office I work in tends to be very cold on Mondays. I’m assuming it is from the building turning down the heat on the weekends, so I wanted something other an your usual sweater and slack/pants to wear.
When I went through my Burda Magazine back in September, I knew that I would eventually sew Burda 9/2012 #107/109 up.
Fast forward to last week when I was looking through my fabric stash and thinking this dress would be perfect for it, now, "what issue was that dress in again? Well after spending an evening going through a few magazine, I found what I was looking for only to realize, hello Renee made the dress, I could have just gone to her blog and gotten the information I needed as to where to find the pattern. Oh well, I got to look through a few magazines and add a few more patterns to the ever growing list of things I want to make so it was a win, win all around.
Now I gave you pattern numbers 107 and 109 because the dresses are basically the same except that 107 has leather patch pockets on the front and the neckline is also made out of leather. When I first decided to make this dress I actually was going to go with the leather pockets and neckline but Mr. D and my mother chimed in that it would give the dress a different look and take away from the fabric and they preferred it without, so I left the leather off. It wasn’t until after making the dress I realized that I could have still done the neckline and maybe trimmed the sleeves in the leather. Oh well, next time. Here’s my review.
Shift Dress with front darts below the chest area
36 through 44. I made the 40 which is a Size 14 in American sizing.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once
you were done sewing with it?
Yes, but I omitted the zipper and did the v-neckline in the back.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, the directions were very easy to follow.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the simplicity of this tunic dress. It has two princess seams/darts in the front from some shaping but that’s it.
Sweater knit purchased from Joann Fabrics last year.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I lengthened the dress by 3 inches.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I do intend on making this dress again and already have the fabric prepped. This time maybe I’ll add the leather trim to distinguish the two dress apart a little. I would recommend this dress to others. I think a few people including Renee have already made it up.
This one is a keeper. It’s simplistic, very easy to make, and only takes a couple of hours or less to make. Depending on your fabric choice, and accessory choices, you can dress this baby up or wear is very casual. It's up to you.