I wanted to make an easy christmas dress for my last MCBN of the year and was intrigued by Burda 6858, part of their recent release of paper patterns. I bought a few during a sale. The long sleeves and maxi skirt really appealed to me specially the side cut-outs. Very trendy right now. I have seen loads of similar dresses on RTW. Not having a picture or design diagram of the back on the pattern envelop should have given me a clue: Danger!Danger!
The envelop lacks a lot of information that is presented in some shape or form inside the pattern. Instructions are better than from the magazine. The order of sewing is extremely odd. But that’s nothing: you can always learn how to do something differently and pick what works for you.
The sizing was super confusing.
In European pattern size scale I can go from 38-40-42. Looking at what appeared to be the pattern size chart I went with 42. Mistake number one.
It was HUGE. I can only assumed that the measurements stated were finished measurements.
The sleeves look twisted in some pictures but that is mainly me
moving jumping like a lunatic to keep warm between pictures. It a nippy 1C outside! I know I’m a whip for cold weather. Brrrrrrrrr…
The finish sleeve size was said to be 61cm. Mine is 66 cm so I needed to add 5 cm, but when I looked/measure the pattern (I measure raglan length from the underarm side seam to the end of sleeve)
it was clear that the current size would fit me fine.
As like finishing my knit sleeves with cuffs so I actually took 3 cm length from the pattern and turned them into cuffs. I did lengthen the bodice front and back by 4 cm. If I didn’t the cut outs would have been on top of my boobs. The back just cover my bra band after the change. So this pattern runs large in width but short in bodice lengthen with extreme long arms and skirt.
The skirt is view C without modifications. The patterns has seam allowances so I didn’t add anything that could contribute to the extra width.
Am I right to assume the “young” range is drafted like a petite or shorter height that normal?
The main issue with the pattern is the back and I think there is drafting oversight for views A/B. There is nothing to stop the back bodice riding up and the back skirt sliding down. I’m even more concern by view A and how the neckline ( just a strip of double folded bias made out of the main fabric
) will sustain the weight of the jersey without the shoulders support.
I enclosed the seam with sparkly FOE. Bad idea, It just make it curled as I move and doesn’t sits straight. To be totally honest, even with my ‘tight and short’ tendencies this dress turned out way to hoockerish!
The front of the dress isn’t that bad if didn’t add the FOE. I just doesn’t sit straight. The back still needs some modifications to actually turn this dress “Real life-wearable” instead of ‘editorial’.
I debated for days if I was going to share the picture of the full back but I decided that I cannot. It’s way too revealing for the internet so you got to trust me on that. This dress was a booboo!
I actually found a dress exactly like mine selling for £272
|source Nasty Gals
Realistic now, If I cannot share on the blog that means is something that I shouldn’t really wear in public. In a cutting rage, I sliced the dress just above the cut-outs and joined the skirt. Took 5 mins. The original dress is actually very quick to make. The rescued dress is OK. It’s just an empire waist mini. Not my usual style but at least I’m not binned completely.
Have you taken a plunge on a new pattern and It turned out a disaster? Did you binned or saved?