I was hooked the moment I saw this dress in the Burda May 2010 issue.
So simple. So trendy. So easy to sew.
So flattering on so many, like here and here and the nine reviews at PatternReview.
So not loving it.
Yes, it was indeed very simple - and easy - to sew. After all there are only a five pattern pieces and that's if you count the facing for the neckline.
But I think my aversion to tight fitting clothes worked against me this time as the lower portion of the dress is much too lose. The total effect on me is one big, wide shapeless box.
You can't really tell I have a waist, unless I keep my hands on my hips...
...or up in the air. Which might look rather odd at the office don't you think?
When I grab about five inches of fabric and pull it to the backside the look is closer to the what the design was meant to be.
Perhaps if I removed the waistline elastic, removed the skirt, sewed it smaller, pegged the hem, resewed the skirt and added the elastic I'd wear it.
Nah, who am I kidding? I don't love it enough to give it that much attention. It's just not the best silhouette for my body shape.
Burda 05-2010-105 Dress Review:
It's rated one dot and deservedly so. The only shaped pieces are the front and back bodice pieces. The neckline facing and skirt are simply rectangles cut to size.
The skirt is attached to the bodice at the waistline in a 5/8" seam. A waist casing is formed by sewing a second row of stitching near the edge of the seam allowance. I did not sew the casing to the dress - it is unattached inside the dress.
The neckline is finished with a narrow facing that was folded in half right sides together, stitched to the neck edge, pressed up and topstitched in place on the outside just below the seam.
The sleeves were hemmed by using steam-a-seam then topstitching in place. The hem was finished in the same manner except that I added a second row of stitching to look like a twin needle was used.
The knit, likely a polyester, was actually a good choice for this dress. It's not too heavy, doesn't cling, and has the drape needed to make that bodice look good.
Even though the dress didn't work for me, I would certainly recommend sewing it if you've been thinking about it.