I am so happy to have this dress finished. I cut it out weeks ago, but couldn't sew it until last weekend because I didn't have the right needles for the fabric. Now, I've stocked up and I'll be sewing some knits again.
Anyway, this is dress #115 from the May issue of Burda Style. I loved it when I first saw it and knew I would be making it. Burda showed theirs in a solid, which is quite lovely, but I wondered how it would look in a print.
The dress is really quite simple. It has side seams, small darts at the shoulders, and a neckband. The front and back overlap at the shoulders and really, there isn't much sewing to it.
I think I cut a 42 through the top and eased out to a 44 at the hip. It was several weeks ago and my memory is foggy now.
My fabric is a chevron print jersey from Hancock's. I bought it "on spec" a year or two ago and I decided to just go ahead and use it. The colors are very nice- blues, greens, and purples with a little bit of black. The scale is nice, too, and I think it worked well for this pattern.
The dress went together very easily. In the photo below you can see a close-up of the arm opening. I was worried about coverage- flashing the bra band under the arm. If the front and back fall open like the model photo- the armhole gets bigger.
The key is keeping the front and back overlapped, so I hand stitched the edge of the back down. That keeps it in place and keeps the opening pretty well closed.
The neckband was a little tricky. It is simple enough to attach, but I ended up trimming 3 inches off the length and I still feel it could be smaller. My fabric is pretty stretchy, so that probably was a factor. If I make this again, and I might because I think I'd like to have the top version, I will take another inch or two off the length of the neckband strip.
This would have been a very quick project if I'd had the right needle on hand and could have sewn it up right after I cut it out. I'm happy it's done, though, and I look forward to road testing it this week. This will be another loose, comfortable dress for the hot summer months.
Happy sewing, and may you never run out of needles!