The original pattern was to be made in a wool fabric but I wanted to make it as a shift dress for summer.
BurdaStyle describe it as: " This classic shift dress features hidden pockets, which will come in handy more than you will ever think. There are no sleeves and a slight boatneck." It has an invisible zip in the back and their version is lined.
My version was made from cotton sateen for the front and back and crepe for the side panels. I am worried about the crepe has it has more stretch than I had realised and it may not wear very well as the centre panels may stretch out of shape. As I was making this for summer, I wanted it light weight so did not want it lined. This meant I needed to make a neck facing and used bias binding on the armholes. I also needed to change the construction from the order given to take these into account. In the pattern, one pocket piece is attached to the lining, so I needed to cut 2 extra pocket pieces to make a pocket 'bag' to put in the seam.
After seeing scalloped hems on dresses in shops I decided I wanted a scalloped hem. I searched the internet for tutorials and found this great one on Colette.
I practiced first to get the size of the scallops right. The first step is making a template for the scallops. The first one I made was too small at 1 1/2 inches wide. When I tried it on my first test fabric, it just looked like a hem gone wrong. I increased the size so they were 4 inches wide and that seemed to work just fine. I think if I do another scalloped hem I may make them a bit deeper/ higher, but overall I'm satisfied with how they turned out. I finished the hem by handstitching as recommended on the Colette site.
The photo shows the 2 templates. The top one was too small, the second almost right.
give it a go. It is easier than it looks.
This will be a comfortable loose fitting cool dress for summer. It is quite possible I'll make another of these.
I have enough fabric left over to make a jacket, using the cotton sateen for the front and back and the crepe for the sleeves. I don't have enough cotton to do the sleeves as well. Given the stretch that the crepe has, I will make it in short sleeves, so my elbows don't wear bulges in the crepe.
The cotton sateen was from Centrepoint, 1.5m for $29.90 and the crepe from SmartDress fabrics for $10 for 1 metre.