It’s no secret that my style is heavily influenced by all things feminine: lace, polka dots, bows, ribbons, ruffles… I love them all. For those of you looking for a basic and feminine style that looks polished but still works for casual situations, I would recommend quite wholeheartedly these patterns from Burda (12/2013 #121) and Vogue 1368.
I love the simple skirt from Burda pattern but didn’t have enough fabric required to sew a midi gathered style. I had only 1.5 meters of the silk to sew with. This is always my problem when hoarding fabric! How many meters of fabric do you usually purchase when you spot a gorgeous fabric but have no project in mind?
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one obsessed with this rayon pin dots embroidered on 100% crinkled silk because it was almost sold out at The Fabric Store when I purchased it couple of months back. The Fabric Store is one of the best… uuhh fabric store in Melbourne in my opinion. They stock the most beautiful printed silk, and sometimes if you’re lucky, you can score fabric from designers like Kate Spade or Tory Burch with a reasonable price, too. I know I did with a Tory Burch piece, but I haven’t got around to decide the style for it yet.
This dress is lined with white silk CDC I purchased a long time ago intending to sew a blouse with. Most seams are French seams, except for the sleeves. I sewed bias bindings at neckline and sleeve hems by hand. At first I though I would sew a tiny bow at centre of the neckline. However the grosgrain ribbon was a little on the stiff side; therefore I folded it and embellished with two pearl buttons.
These 2 patterns are straight forward, except for the part where it was pretty time consuming to sew French seams. I did not follow instructions from neither patterns. The only tricky part is I had to add elastic to the bodice pattern at waistline, otherwise it’s impossible to pop this dress on. This is due to the bodice pattern was designed to have invisible zipper at centre back, whilst the skirt pattern has zipper at side seam. I did not modify any of the pattern.
This dress is so comfortable and I thought it would be very versatile throughout the year. With tights for cooler day and top it up with a coat, it can be dressed up for work, or just worn by itself.
Thank you for reading :)