Pattern Sizing: Plus size range 44 - 52
Fabric Used: synthetic crepe
Adding seam allowances to the sleeves was interesting. The pattern piece was oddly shaped and there wasn't enough room to draw on the 5/8 inch seam allowances. So I didn't add them to the area. Instead, I rough-cut around the area and marked the stitching line with thread tracing. The pros mark stitching lines and rough-cut seam allowances. I didn't freak out when I realized I couldn't draw in 5/8th seam allowances, but felt very professional using this method.
I sewed on the thread traced seam line, then clipped up to the stitching line as instructed. It worked on three out of the four corners. I can't explain what went wrong, but one corner didn't come out evenly.
To gather the front, I marked the finished length on a strip of stay tape. I used the stay tape as a guide when gathering so that the gathered section was the correct length and sewed the stay tape to the front piece. The stay tape is sheer and didn't add bulk to the seam.
Burda translations are usually awkward and sometimes funny. The instructions referred to the left and right front pieces as "center front with right sleeve front" and "center front which lies beneath with left sleeve front". Every time I read it, I though of a 1950s horror movie like "The Creature That Lies Beneath".
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?: I liked the gathering because it hides my belly.
Conclusion: Once the dress was finished, I realized it wasn't festive enough for a birthday party. Very appropriate for a funeral, but not a birthday party. I have another plan for the birthday party that will allow me to stay within the party dress code but not look like I'm in mourning.
|I wish I could do a better job of photographing a black dress.|
It's not easy to tell from the photo, but the dress turned out very well. I won't wear it to my sister's party, but every woman needs a black dress. Now I have one.