Sunday, March 17, 2013

Pattern Review:
 Burda 02/2013 #114




Arrowhead
Arrowhead
57"
96% Polyester 4% Spandex
$17.00

Prewash: I washed the fabric in a lingerie bag, warm water on the perma press cycle and dried on the perma press cycle.  It shrunk about an 1" in length none in width.


Alterations:  I didn't need a FBA with this pattern.  The measurements of the pattern plus the amount of stretch in the knit made a FBA  unnecessary. This pattern has a very defined waistline curve.  The front measured ok...but the back not so much!  I straighten out the curve to match my shape all the way to the hem.  

I also adjusted the side seam on the back facing.

Construction Details:  The center front of the dress is where all the drama is.  
I used a solid color fabric to show how I put it together.  

Make gathering stitches between the two asterisks.

Pull the gathering stitches until they match the center front section.  

Sew the gathers down and continue sewing to the end of the dart.

Now stitch the two gathered sections together stopping at the end of the gathers

but continue all the way up the center front.  Gather the edge of the front tab.

Attach the neckline facing (not shown in the picture but it will cover up the gathers)  and then sew the center front to the inside.

Right side of center front

Front

Side


Back

You will need to use a light weight knit to accommodate all the gathers at center front. The Red Plum or Bronze Tie  Dye Knit would work well with this pattern.  This would also look great as a maxi dress.  Add a cardigan and you can wear this in the fall.

8 comments:

becki-c said...

Very cute! I love the use of stripes and the belt totally rocks. Thanks for the helpful tips on fitting this, the constructions looks really simple.
Hey,
Whacha building?

Roz said...

"Whacha Building"
LOL! Nothing-it's my photographer's
creative license of background choice.
Thanks for your kind words. For my fiqure, I can't wear this dress without a belt!

Claire Sews said...

Roz, this looks awesome! I just made the long sleeve top and it turned out pretty cute. I wish I had seen your instructions before I made it though. Your fabric is perfect for this dress!!

Roz said...

Hey Claire and thank you. I'm looking forward to seeing your top. I know it looks great on you!

Karin said...

So useful! Thank you for sharing your tips for sewing up this pattern.

Roz said...

Thanks Karin! I hope you try this pattern.

Anonymous said...

HI, my first attempt at this pattern, am so glad I searched back into see just how to construct the waterfall at the front. Thank you so much for this information, averting a frustrating disaster for me, I had it pinned all wrong until I saw just how you did it. How wonderfully generous sewing people are. Thank you for the tips.

Roz said...

Glad I could help!