Monday, September 29, 2008

LhBD - Little Heather Black Dress And an Award!

Well, to start off, Lisa from http://sewrandom.blogspot.com/ has awarded me with the Brillian weblog award! Thank you, Lisa! It does mean a lot to me when fellow sewers notice what I do because it is more than a hobby at this point and somewhere between a passion and obsession:) Secondly, I finally finished the jumper and here is the review:

Pattern: Burda WOF : 09-2007-121

So, it took me awhile to get this jumper done. After finishing the muslin I was not sure if I liked it. With it, for me, everything was about the right choice of fabric. First, I decided to make it from a striped jersey but was not sold on it. Then, I found great heather black wool knit and I just knew that was it!



Fabric: Wool knit and satin lining from Textile-o-philes (a local independent fabric store: http://www.textileophile.com/Home_Page.html) Btw, if you are ever in the Denver/Colorado Springs area - this store is a MUST VISIT! It has an assortment of fabrics comparable to Emma One Sock and better (think silk jersey, angora, camel hair, cashmere, wool knits, designer print silks, designer cottons, etc.)!

Construction details:

- The skirt of the dress is interlined and lined at the same time with medium-weight stretch lining that has a nice tonal satin stripe.
- The hem is finished with lace.
- The lower edge of the bodice band is reinforced with a strip of the lining cut on a bias.
- The fronts are cut not on a fold but as two separate pieces and the front neckline is stabilized and understitched.

So, that is about it. I wrote about my fit and design alteration when I posted my muslin entry, so I won’t repeat myself here. If anyone is interested, pls refer to that older post or to my review on PR.

Having started with immense hesitation, I actually live how the dress turned out! I was afraid it would look dowdy on me but, to my pleasant surprise, it actually looks modern.

Would recommend it to anyone with two caveats:

1. muslin is a must because fixing the fit of the bodice during construction may be a nightmare (due to the way the dress is constructed and sewn), and

2. I had to rethink the placement of the back pleats to flatter my deriere.

11 comments:

Myra said...

I love that one. Really nice job.

peacockchic said...

well I love it and it looks perfect for the upcoming fall weather.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

I LOVE this pattern. I've made two and am tempted to make more.

Maja said...

I love your dress. This one's on my to-make list as well.

Tany said...

You did it!! I love this dress and I'll wear mine (made last winter) proudly this year!

Cafe Couture said...

I love jumpers too and I like the result of yours very much, pictures are great and I must say I would wear it inside out too, the finishing is just perfect.

Cafe Couture said...

P.S. thanks for your comments on the "Sarouel" post.

colour by number said...

It looks warm and comfortable!

Theresa und Eva-Maria said...

I just came across your blog through the award you got a couple of weeks ago at Café Couture. I also got one and now I wanted to check out the other blogs. Your work is amazing and it is really funny because I bought the BURDA magazine with this dress in it and I loved it so much! Your realization now gets me thinking again :-). Have a wonderful Sunday evening and if you have time: check out our blog!
Theresa

Nidhi said...

Great dress.
Love the shoes - mind telling us what brand?
Thanks!

Elizabeth said...

beautiful beautiful dress! the pleats are so pretty and it fits you so well! i just made a black jumper out of a wool knit fabric, and it has become my favorite to work with! it drapes so nicely, but it's so hard to find, so thank you for the link!