Lately I’m very happy when I find time and an excuse to sew something for myself.. I got idea for this dress a few weeks back, but I was too busy to try this little experiment.. Then the great occasion occurred, I was invited to a wedding party.. Finally a good reason to sew the dress.. I delayed making this dress until the Friday, the day before the party.. It always looks incredible to me that I can create a more complex dress in a day..
I guess that this black fabric inspired me to make this dress.. It is lightweight cotton with small percentage of elastin.. Great choice for fitted or open back dresses.. Of course, I wanted to make a dress with open back.. And I remembered that I haven’t tried to make a dress with cutouts.. That’s how I came with this design.. Two small triangle cutouts on sides, and deep V on the back of the bodice.. It was very easy to adjust the pattern #108 from Burda 03/2011.. I’ve used very successfully that pattern before (here and here) and I know that the fit is good.. I just made the V on the back to go to the waist, and I cut the triangles on the side.. I added the waistband to hold the bodice and the skirt together.. Full circle skirt was an obvious choice for me..
I had a limited amount of fabric, only 1.70 m.. I say “only” because a dress with a full circle skirt and double layer bodice reacquires more fabric.. As I mentioned, the fabric is lightweight cotton with elastin, and I didn’t have anything similar in my scraps I could use for lining.. That’s why I decided to make a bodice completely with this black fabric.. After placing all bodice pattern pieces I was left with enough fabric to make a circle skirt.. In the end the length of my skirt is 48 cm.. I finished the hemline of the skirt with bias tape so I could keep it longer.. Sewing together all the bodice pieces was fun.. I improvised how to make it all neat without any topstitching.. I was left with quite a bit of hand stitching..
You cannot imagine how much I love this dress.. The fit is great, and believe it or not, but it’s very comfortable.. I wore it two days in a row and I can’t wait to wear it again.. I just love when I make a new favorite garment :D
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