Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Burda 08-2014 #116 Open-back Dress

How much freaking fun is this dress??? It’s like business in the front and party in the back. Not only with the open back, but with a mullet. People, it’s like two-for-one!


See? Party!!!


It’s a really fun to wear party dress. Or summer dress. I really like it. Okay, the details. Siiiighhhhh. You people. It’s a dress for a woven pattern, but I used an ITY knit I bought at, wait for it, the National City Swap Meet. Don’t you love this fabric? It’s ombre and colors that I love. And I made a dress with a mullet. (And an open-back!)


The pattern calls fro bust darts, but I didn’t put them in this knit. I just stretched the front bodice to fit the back. Darts in a thin knit often do not work out and I didn’t want some wavy-ass dart in my pretty dress. I love that there are hearts all over the dress.


There is elastic in the waist and you make a self-casing with the seam allowances. In the woven version, you have a bodice lining and you sew a casing line to form a casing. For me, since I wasn’t lining it, I just made slightly larger seam allowances and then topstitched those to form the facing. (Apparently I like the back opening because I took a lot of pictures of it.)


The skirt is very full. (And FUN!)


Hearts on my butt.


The directions have you line the bodice so there is no hemming the sleeves. Since mine is just one layer, I bound the sleeves and neckline for a pop of color.


The directions are wrong here so I thought I would help you guys with color coding. They tell you to insert the red elastic and then sew it together. WRONG. They mean to tell you to baste it to the seam allowances. Then you sew the bodice to the skirt which locks in the red elastic. Then, you sew the casing, insert the yellow elastic through one of the buttonholes (alllllll the way around the front), and then pull it out the other button hole. Then you sew small ties to the ends of the elastic. Ta-da!!!!


Do you love it as much as me?? I’m looking pretty smug here.



And one more back shot because I can. Mwaaaa haaaa haaaa. Apparently, I shouldn’t drink wine before writing blog posts.


I’m going to work on my Burda Challenge item next and it’s a doozie!


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overflowingstash said...

Fabulous, absolutely fabulous! Great combination of fabric, pattern, & print placement. You & Oonaballona are queens of prints. Love it!

Aline said...

It is so lovely! The fabric is just awesome, and the pattern, well I definitely need that dress now! Thanks for the review :)

Sofie M said...

Love it, love it, love it!

Kristy Chan said...

Great dress, that fabric is awesome. I think this pattern works better in a knit because the skirt seems to drape much better than the woven versions I've seen made

kristin at sunnysewing said...

beautiful dress! The back is striking and the fabric, perfect!

Paulinakoss Bruce said...

Oh my!!!! One word!!! Gorgeous!!! Love, love, love the dress, the fabric, the back, the contrast binding, everything!
I've been behind with the Burda Challenge. I sewed 3 different dresses but no Burda! I just traced a dress and a skirt so hopefully I will get them up soon!

marysews said...

Love this dress! Nothing like showing off a vacation tan in alaska!

Mary Deeter said...

Gorgeous! I want to go fabric shopping with you!

Tasha said...

Beautiful! Those colors are everything! And I love the peek-a-boo back ^_^

Sarah AJ said...

Oh, this is so great. I love everything about it, but especially that print.

Ines said...

I love your dress! I love all the other versions I've seen of it, it's a winner , I have to make one, thanks for posting!

Cennetta Burwell said...

Love, love it! You look fantastic! The fabric and style are to die for!

SunGold said...

So not my style (age issue :-)), but fabulous on you! I love it and wish I could wear similar.

MushyWear said...

I love this dress! Great fabric choice and great pattern!

Dorothy DotDot said...

This is a beautiful dress with interest!