Sunday, January 29, 2012

Finished: Burda Plus Fashion FW-2010-405

BPF FW-2010-405
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My lastest finished project is #405 from the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Burda Plus Fashion. I can't believe I've had the fabric since last May, PR Weekend in Chicago.  I usually don't let fabric hang around that long.  The fabric is 100% polyester and pressing it really made me appreciate natural fibers.  I had to use lots of steam and a clapper to get the seams to press open.

I thought the print fabric needed some contrast. I was lucky to find the black contrasting fabric at JoAnn. The two fabrics are essentially identical and they work well together. Adding the contrast was easy.  I determined the width and drew a line on the bodice pattern piece (front and back).  Then, I laid tracing paper over the bodice and traced the new contrast band piece.  Next, I added the seam allowance to the band and to the new edge of the bodice and cut out the pieces.  I recommend including a notch for matching the pieces.  An even easier method would have been to draw the line, cut the pattern piece apart and add seam allowances.  The bodice is lined with self fabric rather than faced.

No one would ever notice, but I used a tone-on-tone decorative stitch on the insert.  I took the time to audition several stitch patterns to find one that complimented the print.  I needn't have bothered.   I like a tone-on-tone effect for its subtlety, but this passes subtle and goes right to invisible.

I'm happy with the way this dress turned out.  I glad that decided to add the contrast.  This may end up being a favorite dress.


15 comments:

  1. Nothing like having a fav go to dress. I love it when you make dresses.

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  2. Glad to see you have "popped back" in to blogland; you are something I aspire to be as you do not amass a stash, you are the queen of Burda (I no longer take the magazine, my eyes cross as much as the lines do), and you do not sew orphans. I still have a collection of BWOFs and sometimes refer to your archive, whilst valiantly "shopping" from my fabric mountain, but I still fail miserably on the co-ordinated look. OllieV

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  3. Isabel's DaughterJanuary 29, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Welcome Back!!! Glad to see that you have been sewing during your time away from the blog. Love the dress, very flattering style.

    Ernestine

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  4. This is a great looking dress and I love how you added the contrast binding!

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  5. Your dress looks great, Elaray.

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  6. It's a great dress for you. I love using contrasting trim on busy prints and it works really well here. Enjoy

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  7. This dress looks great on you and I love the contrasting cuffs and insert.

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  8. Beautiful dress. Great job and glad to see you back.

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  9. Good to see you blogging again. I like the dress a lot.

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  10. Glad to see you back! I'll be praying for your brother as well. Getting on the list is the bigggest hurdle. Everything else is just waiting. The dress turned out well, I think it's one of your best yet.

    Melodye

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  11. Welcome back to the land of blogging!
    Great dress--love the contrast bands.

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  12. I love this dress. I particularly like the sleeves. I think I need to incorporate this look in a winter dress or three. The print is great.

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  13. What a great dress - looks comfortable, yet neat and put together!

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