I like so many of the styles in the 6/2014 issue of Burda Style. I decided to sew #104 first to be able to wear it to an upcoming BBQ.
I used Indigo Blue Ponte Knit which was a good fabric for this dress. I did prewash the fabric and it shrunk 4″ in length.
I didn’t realize until after I traced the pattern pieces that the bands (pattern pieces #24 and #25) were templates for purchased trim. I rummaged through my Mother’s stash and found a nice cotton trim that was a good match but I was 1 yard short. I’m sure my Mother used this for a home dec project and that she probably purchased it from JoAnn. I decided to see if by chance JoAnn still carried this trim. To my surprise (surprised because this trim would have to be about 10 years old) they did and even the dye lot was very close.
This dress is very quick to make but the instructions for the bands could be confusing for a beginner. I wouldn’t want anyone to by pass this dress because of that so I’ll share how I put the bands together and attached them to the dress. I’m only demonstrating on one side of the dress.
- Be sure to purchase a trim that is made from a natural fiber-something not too thick and is pliable.
- Don’t forget to add seam allowances-I used 3/8” to reduce the bulk.
- Press the trim into the shape of #24. This piece will need to curve under the arm. This is why I suggest you use a natural fiber trim. Don’t forget to press one for the left side and one for the right by flipping the pattern piece.
- Stitch piece 24 and 25 together-this will be the underarm seam (marker #6).
- Stitch piece 25 together-this is the center back (marker #4)
- Press the seams open. Press and fold the excess trim up.
- Match the underarm seam with the side seam of the dress.
- Starting at the back edgestitch the trim to the dress stopping at the front neckline.
- Match the center back trim to the center back of the dress. Starting at the upper back edgestitch stitch to the center back, pivot and continue to the other side.
And that’s it! I hope the steps I shared are clear. If not, let me know and I’ll try again. I didn’t add the belt loops so the hem was my last step. You can sew this dress up in just a few hours. I also like the version with the sleeves. I think it would look great made up in a sparkly knit for a special occasion dress.