Burda 7671 – Dress
Long sleeved or sleeveless wrap dress that is gathered along the shoulder and down the sleeve.
US 18 - 30
European 44 - 56
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were easy to follow. I had to read some sections more than once, but that was probably because of my state of mind at the time. I was so worried about working with a knit I didn't give my full attention to the instructions. There were no unusual techniques involved.
The gathers on the sleeve and shoulder had to be a specific length. When gathering the shoulders and sleeve, I cut a piece of stay tape to the finished length + 1 inch or so to make "handles" on the ends. I pinned one end of the stay tape to the beginning of the gathers and the other end to the end of the gathers. Then I adjusted them to fit the stay tape and pinned the gathers to the tape before sewing. The stay tape is very thin and doesn't add bulk to the seam.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I needed a dress for a specific occasion and this pattern was perfect. Now that the dress is made and I've had it on, I realize I can only wear it if it is chilly in central NY state at the end of the month.
I used a cotton/poly jersey knit. This knit was easier to handle than other knits I sewn. I didn't get the waviness that discouraged me from sewing knits in the past. Maybe it was a better quality knit than I'm used to sewing.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
This was an easy dress to make. The style is classic. I would most certainly sew it again and recommend it.
I learned I have to be gentle with knits. Knits are like toddlers – they don't always stay where you put them. But, if handled gently, they are less frustrating. This pattern has been discontinued and I'm glad I bought when I did. Now that I'm determined to make more knit garments, I'll probably be using this pattern again.
• § • § • § • § • § • § • § • § • § • § • § •
Sometimes, I feel guilty about leaving the cats alone while I'm shut up in the sewing room. This is what happens when I weaken and let them in:
|Tangi oversees construction.|
|Soleil waits to get in the way of layout and cutting.|