Monday, May 9, 2011
Pattern Review Burda 7376 Native Print Dress
Hello everyone! I've actually made a ton of things while I'm on maternity leave but had not had a chance to have photos taken. Surprisingly, I am able to get sewing done with the new baby. I squeeze in some time during his naps. I'm also working on getting back into shape- I've got about 8 more pounds to go before I'm back to pre-pregnancy weight. Sewing for my new shape has been challenging. I don't know if my hips will ever be the same! I used to be able to sew a straight 16 out of the envelope but I think I will be doing more custom sizing now with the new shape.
I've seen a lot of native and tribal prints last season and this season and I've wanted to make something with it for quite some time. I found this rayon challis print at Hancock Fabrics on sale for about $6 a yard. Those who have been following me for a while know that I challenged myself to not buy any fabric until my stash was down into the single digits. An update: I am down to 13 projects from my stash. I did break down and buy two pieces of this rayon challis at Hancocks though. I fought the good fight- I had not purchased any fabrics since March, 2010!
Here is a tribal print dress from Delia's for $39.50. I like the v-neck shape.
And here is another option from Bergdorf Goodman for $278.
And here is my version for about $18.
I wore this yesterday for Mother's Day with some turquoise jewelry and black flats. I got lots of compliments from the hubby!
Pattern Description: Dress or tunic has front and back v-necks, pleated shoulders, and tie waist.
Pattern Sizing: This one is available is sizes 32-46. I made a 44.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? For the most part. The dress shown in view A leads one to believe you can wrap the tie belt around your waist twice and tie it in back. This is not the case. You would need to make the ties much longer to accomplish this.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were very easy. If I were able to sew this one straight through without any baby breaks, I could have done it in about 2 hours.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I was drawn to this pattern for the dress. I love the simple yet flattering shape with the waist definition created by the ties. Love the double v-necks too. My one dislike is the length of the ties as stated above. I would have liked them to be longer but this can easily be done for the next time.
Fabric Used: Rayon challis from Hancock Fabrics.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I wanted the ties to be a little wider than the pattern pieces allowed. So I did a 3/8" seam instead of 5/8". To make some ties that are even more fashion forward, I suggest cutting them even wider and longer. I shortened the length of the dress by 1". I also understitched the facings to keep them rolled to the inside which the pattern does not instruct you to do.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would sew this one again and I do recommend it.
Conclusion: I love this casual dress with the native print! I would like to make this one again in a more formal style- perhaps with black crepe or satin.
And here are some baby shots! He is getting so big although he's still small for his age. He has doubled his birth weight and is 10 weeks old today!