So this dress is a little… different, at least for me. But in the name of experimentation, I will show you what I’ve made.
Pattern: Burda Young 7056, view A
No-frill dresses for the confident woman, being the focus. All slightly flared, fitted at the back waist, shoulders left exposed. C with standing collar, B to fit the evening, with feathers at the hem.
I’ve been trying to pick a pattern to use with my precious Marimekko fabric (bought more than two years ago on my honeymoon) and I’m finally getting around to testing this one. Since I have two different cuts of 2 yards of that fabric I think I will use this pattern, but maybe widen the shoulders out to be more bra friendly.
Fabric: Stretch cotton, similar to the weight of quilting cotton, bought a while ago at Denver Fabrics (the physical store, not the website. They’re not related) in Littleton, CO. I wish I had noticed it had stretch in it because the Marimekko fabric does not. I was just trying to get something with a similar weight when I picked this out. The colors are not my normal thing, it reminds me of the 60s or 70s.
Design Likes/Dislikes: First off, when Burda says mini dress, they mean it. I would not wear this to work, so for the next round I’ll be adding length (hopefully that doesn’t make it look frumpy…). As is, it’s fine for Halloween or just a weekend summer dress, but it probably won’t get a ton of wear (lets face it, I’m just not a Dress Girl most of the time). I like the cut of the shoulders, but it doesn’t work with my normal bras so I will widen them for the final dress.
Sizing and Fit: I made a straight size 10, and had no fitting issues, but usually I don’t have fitting issues. I’m 5’4″ and I would consider this dress short on me so if you’re taller and don’t like minis, best to just lengthen it right away!
For Next Time: Add length and widen shoulders… eventually! I’ve got a few things in the queue to work through before I’ll get back around to this one, but I will for sure.