This dress also comes in a sleeveless version and in two lengths. It comes in sizes 10 - 24, so if we were into that sort of thing, my DD and I could have matching mother-daughter dresses. The instructions were straight-forward. I used a sheer stay tape to stabilize the gathers in the front. The fabric is a cotton batik. Lindsey said the colors reminded her of a friend from India. I wasn't sure cotton was the right choice for this dress, but with the broadcloth lining, it worked. The lining is actually an interlining – two layers of fabric treated as one – on the bodice. I didn't have to make any design changes and fitting wasn't necessary.
While working on this dress, I remembered why I stopped sewing for Lindsey in the first place. She doesn't enjoy selecting patterns. In fact, I went to the Burda website and pre-selected and printed out several options I thought she would like. She's usually too busy to shop for fabric with me and trying on clothes for fitting is torture for both of us. But while we were in North Carolina, we survived a visit to Mary Jo's in Gastonia, NC where she selected two pieces and three patterns for future projects.
|Bean and his proud Dad|