I finished the 9-2009-111 Burda wool flannel dress on Christmas. The wool flannel with a touch of lycra is from a Fabric.com buy two weeks ago. They were going to be pants, but it was just too lightweight. I also tried to pull a Dawn and take photos outside in the middle of winter. I’m tight on photography space inside the house since I moved the sewing to the basement. But, my Jamaican / Grenadian roots do not have the constitution for outdoor shoots when it’s barely 30 degrees out! The dress is so-so. I must warn you — I think the draft blows.
From the model, you can see the pleats in front are unanchored. The Burda directions actually caution *not* to press them in place. But, if you don’t tack them down in some form — they do this once they are on your real life woman parts:
Bird chest and back. Yuck. Ugh. Again I say yuck.
So, my solution was to handstitch the tucks down with thread. It’s not the look I wanted and I’m not happy. It kind of just looks unpressed. And they still pull at the bust apex. I wasn’t able to get a closeup photo to show you.
I did fully line the dress with this pretty pink poly from the Carol Collection. I do smile at a pretty lining. I curse them every step, but I’m so happy with them once they are in. I used the bodice pattern pieces, eliminated the folds and made a princess seamed lining. Which is honestly how I would make this again.
And, I made my typical 1.5 inch swayback adjustment with a horizontal tuck
I’m rather sad that I put this much effort into a dress that is just ok. It’s also not doing me any favors. It’s a little hippy for me and I don’t think the color is doing anything for me.
It’s fine. I wouldn’t make it again and because of the pleat issue I can’t recommend it to anyone without a serious FBA? But, it’s a dress that will get me through the next two or three winters just fine.
I am working on another dress that needs a zipper insertion and hemming. Hopefully I can show it to you over the New Year’s holiday.