Thursday, February 18, 2010

That's a Lot of Pink

Remeber this dress, BWOF 09-2009-138:
From the magazine: The front of this sheath dress... is smooth and figure flattering while the back sports a flared and somewhat longer skirt panel. The short raglan sleeves and wide scoop neck-line add attractive details.

I actually finished this weeks ago, but I put off taking pictures because I prefer to take them outdoors and it has been freakishly cold here lately, but also because I couldn't decide if I was really satisfied with it and I was hesitant to share.


I already posted about the fitting adjustments I made to the dress here. Basically I made a 44/46 combination. This dress is from the plus section (BWOF September 09) so I think it was drafted for a curvier figure, and that worked in my favor.

I'm not completely happy with this dress. I think it's the fabric. It's gabardine from Hancock Fabrics and it just will not press well. I hate the puckery looking seams- it gives it a very homemade look. I do kinda like the lines, though. I think I'd like to try it again maybe in a nice drapey linen for spring.
I would make a few fitting tweaks. I think I need a slight swayback adjustment, and I could use maybe another 1/4" of length through the waist. I could take the waist in just a little more, also. I am also debating a small FBA. I get slight pull lines on the right side of the bust. There is more ease on the left side due to the gathers and it fits great, so I'm not sure whether to leave it as is or take a chance on adding a smidge.
In any case, I think I've decided I like the dress. I just want it in a better fabric. I wonder if I have anything suitable in my stash...

11 comments:

Vicki W said...

I'm not a pink girl so I can comment on the color (pink trim would be too much for me!) but it's a cute dress. I wonder if you could do some sort of seam decorative stitching to control the puckering?

Mary Nanna said...

Very cute indeed - I love the back and I think you look very pretty in pink!

arnysews said...

That dress is great on you. It would be easy enough to add a little to the bust area of the right side front to give you that extra room you need, although I think the fit looks great as it is. Perhaps you could shorten the length to mid knee for the next one? I have had this dress on my wishlist for a while, so it's great to see it made up so well.

beangirl said...

I think this is a great dress. I know what you mean about not being happy with a fabric, even if to everyone else it looks fine. I'd do it in something you love and see how you feel about it, because to me it looks really good on you and maybe having a fabric you love will make you more comfortable with it.

Anonymous said...

That's a really nice shade of pink on you, soy flattering with your skin. Very pretty!

(Yes, it was hard resisting saying "Pretty in Pink"). :)

That neckline is a winner on you. By all means tweak away and do another beautiful one of these!

newvintage said...

I'm the kind of girl who loves pink but can't wear it next to her face. I am so jealous of your pink dress. Other than the crinkly seam issue, I think this is a great dress. The design works great on your figure. I'm not a big Burda fan, but this dress has me looking for back issues!

julia said...

Pretty in Pink. You look awesome. That dress does not look homemade. Great job!!

Eugenia said...

Beautiful dress. I really love this style and it suits you very well. That shade of pink is gorgeous!

Sharon said...

I love that color on you. The dress is quite flattering, even though the fabric was a pain to sew. Now that you know how to put it together and that it fits you so nicely you can whip out another in fabric you love!

angie.a said...

Ooh, I think its gorgeous! Definitely make it again. I probably have something in stash that would work if you don't. Let me know and I'll dig around!

Shannon said...

You look great in pink!