It's very rare that I actually make something out of Burda the moment I get my hands on the issue. But that's exactly what happened with this project. I got the magazine two weekends ago and I made this dress last weekend. Today I had the perfect combination of time, good weather, and an available photographer, so here is Burda Style 10-2014-105, "Dress with Boat Neckline."
I wouldn't really call it a boat neckline, but I like it. It's actually a gently draped neckline on a very simple dress.
The front has a fold-back facing, exactly like a cowl neckline and the back shoulders wrap over to the front and are stitched down to the front forming a draped, but modest neckline. The sleeves are drafted extra long for that ruched look that Burda likes to show.
This is a very simple dress to make. In fact, it's a 1.5 dot pattern. There are only three pattern pieces, which are well drafted and go together perfectly.
The pattern is offered in sizes 34 to 42. I graded up to a 44 at the bust and to a 46 at the hip. It was super easy due to the simple design. The sleeves are very long and narrow. I removed five inches of length and then did a full bicep adjustment to give myself an extra 1.5" of width. I didn't want the sleeves to be tight.
I added my standard length adjustment at the waist. There is a little bit of fabric pooling in the back, which I may try to adjust if I make this again. It doesn't bother me because no one but a fellow sewist would even notice.
My fabric is a zig zag patterned ponte knit from Hancock Fabrics. I bought it last year during some retail therapy, and I knew as soon as I saw this pattern that it would be perfect. In fact, that's one of the things I like about this pattern- it's a perfect way to showcase a printed/patterned fabric or a textured fabric like the one shown in the magazine photo.
I did attempt to match my pattern. You can see in the photo below that I did pretty well at the waist, but further down the side seam, things get a little "off." No bother. Once again, no one but a fellow sewist will notice.
I love this neckline. It's very modest. It's not quite drapey enough to fall like a cowl. In this ponte at least, it wants to fall to one side in a more origami-like fold. It's okay with me. I feel comfortable and covered at the same time.
I'm really pleased with the way this turned out. The weather is still quite warm and nice right now and I'll probably wear this with pumps and maybe some nude hose for the time being. Once the colder temps arrive, I will try it with tights and black boots. I could also see it with a red or a royal blue shoe for a pop of color.
I'm not sure I need another one of these, but I can see making the top version, which is exactly the same, just cut off at the hip. There is also a pieced/color blocked version offered in the magazine. The Princess likes it too, and I already traced and cut one out for her in a much more colorful striped knit.
If you have your eye on this one- go for it! It's a great pattern, and easy to fit and sew- a great dress from a great Burda issue. Happy Fall Sewing!